Master of Science in Recreational Therapy

The Highest Standards in Public Health Education Within Your Reach

At the School of Public Health-Bloomington, you'll receive a first-rate education, earning a degree that's universally recognized and respected. Our courses are taught by leading faculty in the School of Public Health, and students have access to hands-on student services. We encourage you to apply for our programs regardless of your academic background or career experience.

As a student in the M.S.R. in Recreational Therapy program, you complete 35 credit hours of work, including courses on the philosophy of leisure and recreation; administration theory and management practices; research in health, kinesiology, recreation; and statistics in public health. Through class practica, projects, internship opportunities, and filed experiences, you learn how to execute the recreational therapy process (APIE), and learn about theoretical foundations of the field. Further you acquire program development and consultation skills, and learn advanced recreational therapy techniques.

Applications for the Rec Therapy program are processed for Spring and Fall terms only. The Recreational Therapy program is in high demand, as such we recommend submitting your application before the priority deadline. Priority deadlines for Spring is October 1st and the priority deadline for Fall is January 15th.

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Program of Study

The major in recreational therapy prepares students to assume positions as recreational therapists. Using a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, animals, sports, games, dance and movement, drama, music, and community outings, therapists treat and maintain the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of their clients. Professionals assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions. All students graduating from the major are eligible to sit for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.


You have worked hard on your degree or certificate. You are cordially invited to come to Bloomington to be a part of the IU Ceremony and attend the special reception hosted by the Dean of the School of Public Health-Bloomington.

For more information about this program, please contact:

Melissa Page
Student Service Specialist
(812) 855-1232