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Recreational Therapy, MSR

Master of Science in Recreation

Recreational therapy employs recreation and leisure activities as a tool to improve function and well-being for people with disabilities or illnesses. Recreational therapists help maintain or improve a client's physical, mental, and emotional well-being through a variety of techniques, including arts and crafts, drama, music, dance, sports, games, and field trips. Therapists assess individuals' needs, plan and implement specific interventions to meet those needs, and document and evaluate the effectiveness of the interventions.

The IU Online Master of Science in Recreational Therapy explores courses on the philosophy of leisure and recreation; administration theory and management practices; research in health, kinesiology, and recreation; and statistics in public health. Through class practica, projects, internship opportunities, and field experiences, you learn how to execute the recreational therapy process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation (APIE), and learn about theoretical foundations of the field. Further, you acquire program-development and consultation skills, and learn advanced recreational therapy techniques. If you like, you have opportunities to participate in faculty research.

All students graduating from the major are eligible to sit for the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) examination.

Your IU Online MSR in Recreational Therapy prepares you for such careers as:

  • Recreational therapist 
  • Activities director 
  • Activity coordinator  
  • Therapeutic recreation specialist  
  • General activities therapist 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the MSR in Recreational Therapy, you must complete 35 credit hours. 

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Recreational therapy foundation courses (15 credit hours) 
  • Recreational therapy emphasis courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Recreational therapy capstone project (3-5 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (3-5 credit hours) 


  • SPH-Q 501Introduction to Statistics in Public Health3 Credits
  • SPH-R 510Philosophy of Leisure and Recreation3 Credits
  • SPH-R 512Administration Theory and Management Practices in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Public Lands3 Credits
  • SPH-X 505Principles and Foundations of Public Health3 Credits
  • SPH-X 590Introduction to Research in Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation3 Credits
  • SPH-Y 560Professional Development of Therapeutic Recreation 3 Credits
  • SPH-Y 561Advanced Therapeutic Recreation Processes3 Credits
  • SPH-Y 562Social Psychology of Therapeutic Recreation3 Credits
  • SPH-Y 563Program Development and Consultation in Therapeutic Recreation3 Credits
  • SPH-R 599Master's Thesis5 Credits
  • SPH-R 697Internship in Recreation and Parks3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $437.68
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1313.04
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $525.22
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1575.66
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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