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Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services - Therapeutic Recreation

Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Services - Therapeutic Recreation


Educational Goals

Graduates with this advanced degree will be prepared to develop and manage therapeutic recreation services directed at improving the health-related quality of life of persons with physical, psychological, and intellectual disabilities. Students will gain advanced clinical skills to provide recreation interventions based on assessment data and record client outcomes using appropriate medical language and documentation styles. Graduates will understand current evidence upon which to base services and have a basis to collaborate on the establishment of new evidence. Students pursuing the thesis option will develop the skills to conduct original research.

Employment Options

Certification is an expectation for employment in therapeutic recreation. The national  level certification, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) governed by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC), is the most recognized credential. In Texas many agencies also recognize the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist/Texas (TRS/TXC) governed by the Therapeutic Recreation Consortium of Texas.

Recreation therapists work in a variety of facilities and services such as rehabilitation hospitals, mental health programs, veteran’s affairs facilities, nursing care facilities, camps, and community-based service agencies. Person’s with a master’s degree may work in direct client care or supervisory and management roles.