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 Revreational 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.

Suggested schedule of online courses for the Master program:

Year One

Course

Title

Credits

Fall

R512

Administrative Theory and Management Practices in Leisure Services 

3

 

Y562

Social Psychology of Therapeutic Recreation 

3

Year Two

Course

Title

Credits

Spring

X590

Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

3

 

Y561

 Advanced Therapeutic Recreation Processes

3

Summer

Q501

Introduction to Statistics in Public Health 

3

Elective

3

Fall

R510

Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation 

3

Y560

Professional Development for Therapeutic Recreation

3

Year Three

Course

Title

Credits

Spring

R511

 Organizational Leadership of Leisure Services

3

Y563

Program Development and Consultation in Therapeutic Recreation

3

Summer

X505

Principles and Foundations of Public Health  

3

Elective

2

Fall

R597

 

3

Total for Program

35

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.

Graduation

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
melipage@indiana.edu
(812) 855-1232