Curriculum

The Master of Science in Recreational Therapy includes 36-39 academic credits organized to include both a recreational therapy and research core, elective coursework, and either a culminating thesis or practicum/project.

Individualized curriculum plans are determined based on each student’s background and career goals. Those interested in careers involving research or higher education are typically encouraged to select the thesis option of coursework, while students with career aspirations focused on advanced clinical practice, management, consulting, entrepreneurial endeavors, program development, and/or interprofessional leadership typically follow the non-thesis option of coursework. Options are available for both full and part-time study.

Note: Students with a bachelor’s degree in another discipline who wish to use the MS in RT for entry into the profession will have additional requirements in order to meet eligibility requirements for national certification with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification and licensure in the State of Utah.  

Requirements for specific tracks are briefly summarized below:

Thesis Option

Students with a BS/BA in RT

Course Title Credits

Recreational Therapy Core

(15 credits)

RECTH 6520 Advanced Clinical Practice in an Integrated Health System 3
RECTH 6510 Analysis of Activity and Clinical Reasoning 3
RECTH 6540 Authentic Leadership and Management in RT 3
RECTH 6530 RT Process in the Promotion of Health and Wellness 3
ED PS 6350 Group Counseling Theory and Application 3

Research Core

(15 credits)

RECTH 6500 Integration of Theories and Trends in RT 3
RECTH 6000 Intro to Research Methods 3
PRT 7103 Design and Analysis 3
RECTH 6970 Thesis Research 6

Electives

Consult with your committee chairperson. Must be 6000 or above.  6
Total Credits 36

Non-Thesis Option

Students with a BS/BA in RT

Course Title Credits

Recreational Therapy Core

(17 credits)

RECTH 6520 Advanced Clinical Practice in an Integrated Health System 3
RECTH 6510 Analysis of Activity and Clinical Reasoning 3
RECTH 6540 Authentic Leadership and Management in RT 3
RECTH 6530 RT Process in the Promotion of Health and Wellness 3
ED PS 6350 Group Counseling Theory and Application 3
RECTH 6910 Practicum – Implementation 2

Research Core

(13 credits)

RECTH 6500 Integration of Theories and Trends in RT 3
RECTH 6000 Intro to Research Methods 3
RECTH 6920 Applied Research 3
RECTH 6900 Practicum Project Development 4

Electives

Consult with your committee chairperson. Must be 6000 or above.  6
Total Credits 36

Additional Coursework for Students Using MS RT for Entry to the Profession

The following courses are added to the academic plan of students who need to acquire sufficient Recreational Therapy coursework to meet the applicant’s requirements for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and Utah State license.

  • RECTH 5350 Advancement of Recreational Therapy: Clinical and Professional Analysis (3 credits, elective hours)
  • RECTH 5828 Recreational Therapy Internship (3 credits)

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