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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

National job opportunities in the health informatics and bioinformatics fields are expected to grow 7% by 2025.

The Only Program of its Kind in Michigan

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

GVSU Ranking as a West Michigan Talent Provider

GVSU has the largest 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