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Master of Science in Recreational Therapy

Completion of 33 credits for the one year M.S. in RT program. General graduate academic policies can be found in the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog.

Students must attain a minimum of 80 percent competency in each course to remain in the program. This requirement is reflected in course syllabi across the M.S. in RT program.

B.S./M.S. Combined Courses

Two undergraduate electives from the following options:

Graduate Program Courses (upon completion of the BS component

Two graduate electives from the following:

One Year Master of Science in Recreational Therapy Courses

Two graduate electives from the following 4 options:

Three additional electives must be selected from the Graduate Catalog for a total of nine credits - electives selections must be 500-level or higher RTX courses or 500- to 600-level courses from other programs approved by advisor.

Sample Curriculum

B.S./M.S. Combined Track

Fall One (10 credits)

Winter One (12 credits)

Spring/Summer One (3 credits)

Fall Two (9 credits)

Winter Two (9 credits)

Spring/Summer Two (6 credits)

Students are expected to apply to and take the national credentialing exam for Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) after completion of their bachelor's coursework. Students must pass the exam prior to beginning graduate coursework.

Fall Three (9 credits)

Winter Three (9 credits)

Spring/Summer Three (6 credits)

  • RTX 693 - Integrated Evidence-Based Research Project in Recreational Therapy (3 credits)
  • RTX elective (RTX 613, RTX 615, RTX 616, PNH 668)
One Year Track

Students in the M.S. in RT one year track are expected to have obtained their national credential as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist prior to beginning the program.

Fall (9 credits)

Winter (12 credits)

Spring/Summer (12 credits)

  • Two RTX electives (RTX 613, RTX 615, RTX 616, PNH 668)
  • Non-RT elective
  • RTX 693 - Integrated Evidence-based Research Project in Recreational Therapy (3 credits)

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