The Master of Science in Recreation Management is a multidisciplinary program of advanced study designed to prepare graduates for careers in the public, private non-profit, and the commercial sectors of the recreation profession. With three curricular options (thesis, graduate project, or internship), the program serves both students with extensive recreation backgrounds and students who are looking to a masters program as their gateway into the recreation field.
Recreation Management at UWL offers a 30-credit program leading to a Masters of Science degree.
The program welcomes students without an undergraduate degree in Recreation, but some prerequisite courses may be required. Students may take deficiency courses prior to beginning the graduate program or they may begin the program and take the courses within the first two semesters of their graduate program.
The Master of Science in Therapeutic Recreation is a comprehensive program of study designed to prepare graduates for careers in the multifaceted field of therapeutic recreation. Our dual-track curriculum serves two kinds of the students, the certified therapeutic recreation specialist (CTRS) seeking advanced training in therapeutic recreation as well as the student who wants to enter the therapeutic recreation profession by completing his or her master's degree. All students completing a master at UWL meet all criteria for sitting for the national therapeutic recreation examination.
Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers two distinct graduate programs. One is designed for students with a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation and already are eligible to take the certification examination of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation (NCTRC). The other program is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Therapeutic Recreation and need additional course and experiences to qualify for the NCTRC certification examination. The program requires 30-36 credits of graduate-level work.
In addition to the graduate curriculum, students without a background in Therapeutic Recreation may have to take undergraduate courses. These may be taken prior to beginning the graduate program or taken at the same time as a student is taking his or her graduate courses. Upon admissions, the Graduate Program Director will determine which undergraduate deficiency courses are required.