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Recreational Therapy, M.S.

Recreational therapy is the specialized application of recreation, leisure, and experiential activities and interventions to maintain or improve the health, functioning, and quality of life for people with disabilities and chronic conditions.

National Job Growth

Job opportunities in the recreational therapy field are expected to grow 10% in the U.S. by 2030.

The Only Program of its Kind in Michigan

GVSU's program is the only recreational therapy master's program in Michigan and the first advanced-practice program in the U.S. to be housed within a college of health professions.

GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider

GVSU has the highest percentage (9.4%) of alumni working in the recreational therapy field in West Michigan. GVSU is ranked 2nd in the state.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

The master of science in recreational therapy (MSRT) focuses on advanced-practice issues and competencies to enhance the recreational therapist's skills to meet increasingly complex consumers in a variety of settings. There are two degree options:

Why Study Recreational Therapy at Grand Valley?

Program Details