American Therapeutic Recreation Association

Education

University Programs

A university education is essential to full time employment in the recreational therapy field today. And there are over 80 universities in the United States that provide programs of study leading to a bachelor’s degree. Many schools also provide graduate programs at the Masters and Doctoral level. To help anyone who wants to know where these educational programs are or what level of program is provided ATRA has developed a database that is searchable by state and by degree type from Certificate to Doctorate. Search for a program of any type in any state.

This database is provided as a resource only. ATRA updates the database periodically but educational programs change frequently. Complete accuracy of the information provided here is not guaranteed in any way. To obtain the most accurate information users will want to contact programs of interest directly. Website links are provided to each school for this purpose.

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Alabama State University
Montgomery, AL 36104
College of Education
Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Program Name: Recreational Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.alasu.edu/index.aspx
Description: Bachelor's degree in Recreational Therapy

University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36528-0002
College of Education
Health, Physical Education and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Leisure Studies Major (Therapeutic Rec Concentration)
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.southalabama.edu/coe/forms/leispgm.pdf

Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR 72801-8817
College of Engineering & Applied Sciences
Parks, Recreation and Hospitality Administration

Program Name: Recreation & Park Administration
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.atu.edu/prha/

Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ 85004-2144
College of Public Programs
School of Community Resources & Development

Program Name: Parks & Recreation Management
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://scrd.asu.edu 

California State University-Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740-0001
College of Health and Human Services
Department of Recreation Administration

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.fresnostate.edu/chhs/ 

California State University-Long Beach
Long Beach, CA 90840-4903
College of Health and Human Services
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Recreation Program and Recreation Therapy Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.csulb.edu/

California State University-Chico
Chico, CA 95929-0560
College of Communication and Education
Department of Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://recdept.csuchico.edu/recr/ 

Cal State - East Bay
Hayward, CA 94542
College of Education and Allied Studies
Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism

Program Name: Recreational Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www20.csueastbay.edu/ceas/departments/hrt/index.html
Description: May offer online courses

Cal State - Sacramento
Sacramento, CA 95819
College of Health & Human Services
Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Administration

Program Name: Recreation Therapy & Recreation Administration
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.csus.edu/hhs/rpta

San Jose State University
San Jose, CA 95192-0052
College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Health Science and Recreation

Program Name: Recreation and Recreation Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.sjsu.edu/hsr

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO 80217-3362 
School of Professional Studies
Department of Health Professions

Program Name: Recreation Professions Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://msudenver.edu/hep

Southern Connecticut State
New Haven, CT 06515
School of Health and Human Services
Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/schools/health/academic-programs/recreationleisurestudies/
Description: Masters in Therapeutic Recreation

Florida International University
Miami, FL 33199
College of Education
Department of Leadership and Professional Studies

Program Name: Recreation and Sport Management: Recreation Therapy Subplan
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.rtprogram.com/
Description: Masters in Recreational Therapy, may offer online courses

Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA 30460-8034
College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Human Ecology

Program Name: Recreation
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://chhs.georgiasouthern.edu/she/undergraduate/recr/

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Health and Human Physiology

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.uiowa.edu/

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0001 
College of Education
School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services

Program Name: Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: https://www.uni.edu/

Brigham Young University – Idaho
Rexburg, ID 83460
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Department of Health, Recreation and Human Performance

Program Name: Recreation Management
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.byui.edu/

Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920-3011
College of Education and Professional Studies
Department of Recreation Administration

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.eiu.edu/~recadmin/

Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790-0001
School of Kinesiology and Recreation
Recreation and Park Administration Program

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.kinrec.illinoisstate.edu/rec_park_admin

University of Saint Francis
Joliet, IL 60435-6188
College of Arts and Sciences
Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management

Program Name: Recreation, Sport and Tourism Management
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.stfrancis.edu/academics/rstm/

Chicago State University
Chicago, IL 60628
College of Education
Department of Secondary Education, Professional Studies, and Recreation

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.csu.edu/collegeofeducation/SEPSR/recreation/therapeutic.htm

Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Carbondale, IL 62901-4632
College of Education and Human Services
Health Education and Recreation

Program Name: Recreation
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.siu.edu
Description: Masters in Recreation specialized in Therapeutic Recreation

Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455
College of Education and Human Services
Recreation, Park, and Tourism Administration

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.wiu.edu/

Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7109
School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Studies

Program Name: Recreational Therapy Major
Degree Type(s): Doctorate Degree, Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.publichealth.indiana.edu
Description: Masters in Recreational Therapy, PhD in leisure behavior, May offer online courses

Indiana Institute of Technology
Fort Wayne, IN 46803
College of General Studies

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.indianatech.edu/
Description: May offer online courses

Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Nursing, Health and Human Services
Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport

Program Name: Recreation and Sport Management
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.indstate.edu/krs/

Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7500
College of Education
Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation

Program Name: Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.pittstate.edu/department/health/
Description: May offer online courses

Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY 40475
College of Health Sciences
Department of Recreation and Park Administration

Program Name: Recreation and Park Administration - option- TR
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.eku.edu
Description: Masters in Recreation and Park Administration, therapeutic recreation concentration

Grambling State University
Grambling, LA 71245
College of Education
Kinesiology, Sport, and Leisure Studies Department

Program Name: Leisure Studies (Therapeutic Recreation Concentration)
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.gram.edu/

Southern University and A&M College
College of Education

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.subr.edu/
Description: Masters in Therapeutic Recreation

Springfield College
Springfield, MA 01109-3707
School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation
Department of Sport Management and Recreation

Program Name: Recreation Management
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.springfieldcollege.edu/index
Description: Masters in Therapeutic Recreation Management or TR/Child-life Specialization

Frostburg State University
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303
College of Education
Recreation and Parks Management

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.frostburg.edu/home/?forceAbsoluteURLs=false&skipJquery=false&skipGA=false

University of Southern Maine
Portland, ME 04104
School of Environmental, health, and life sciences
Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://usm.maine.edu/

Central Michigan University
Mt Pleasant, MI 48859-0001
Education and Human Services
Department of Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services Administration

Program Name: Recreation, Parks and Leisure Sevices Administration
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://rpl.cmich.edu/

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Social Science Division
Department of Kinesiology

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.calvin.edu/academic/pe/

Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
College of Health & Human Services
School of Health Sciences

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.emich.edu/chhs/hs/programs/therapeutic_recreation.php

Grand Valley State
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
College of Health Professionss
Department of Diagnostic and Treatment Sciences

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.gvsu.edu

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001-6038
College of Allied Health and Nursing
Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://ahn.mnsu.edu/rpls/

Winona State University
Winona, MN 55987
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Department of Recreation, Tourism and Therapeutic Recreation (B.S. degree)

Program Name: 2 Majors: 1) Recreation and Tourism 2) Therapeutic Recreation
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.winona.edu/rttr

Northwest Missouri State University
Maryville, MO 64468-6015
College of Education and Human Services
Department of Health and Human services

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.nwmissouri.edu
Description: Masters in Therapeutic Recreation

University of Southern Mississippi
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
College of Health
School of Human Performance and Recreation

Program Name: Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.usm.edu/human-performance-recreation

Jackson State University
Jackson, MS 39217
College of Education and Human Development
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation

Program Name: Recreation Administration and Therapeutic Recreation
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.jsums.edu

University of Mississippi
University, MS 38655
School of Applied Sciences
Department of Health, Exercise Science, and Recreation Management

Program Name: Park & Recreation Management (changing to Recreation Administration in Fall 2014)
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://hesrm.olemiss.edu/

University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27412
School of Health and Human Sciences
Department of Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Program Name: Recreation and Parks Management Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Website: http://www.uncg.edu/ctr
Description: Masters in Community and Therapeutic Recreation

Winston-Salem State University
Winston Salem, NC 27110-0001
School of Education & Human Performance
Human Performance and Sports Science

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.wssu.edu/

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
College of Health and Human Performance
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Recreational Therapy Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Website: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/rcls/rt.cfm
Description: Masters in Recreation Services & Interventions (Conc.- Recreational Therapy Administration)

Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28723
College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Health Sciences

Program Name: Recreational Therapy Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.wcu.edu/academics/departments-schools-colleges/HHS/hhs-schools-depts/healthsci/health-sciences-majors/rth/index.asp

University of North Carolina-Wilmington
Wilmington, NC 28403-3201
College of Health and Human Services
School of Health and Applied Human Sciences

Program Name: Recreation Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.uncw.edu/oss/rectherapy.html

Catawba College
Salisbury, NC 28144
School of Education
Sport and Health Sciences

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://catawba.edu/

University of Mount Olive
Mount Olive, NC 28365
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Recreation & Leisure Studies

Program Name: Recreational Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.umo.edu/

North Carolina Central University
Durham, NC 27707
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Physical Education and Recreation

Program Name: Parks and Therapeutic Recreation
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.nccu.edu/

Shaw Unversity
Raleigh, NC 27601
College of Professional and Graduate Studies
Department of Allied Health Professions

Program Name: Recreational Therapy Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.shawu.edu/

University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
College of Health and Human Services
Department of Recreation Management and Policy

Program Name: Recreation Management and Policy
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.chhs.unh.edu
Description: Masters in Recreation Management and Policy, Therapeutic Recreation Administration Option

Kean University
Union, NJ 07083
College of Education
Physical Education, Recreation and Health

Program Name: Recreation Administration Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.kean.edu/KU/-Therapeutic-Recreation-Option

State University of New York - Cortland
Cortland, NY 13045-0900
School of Professional Studies
Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.cortland.edu/rec
Description: Masters in Recreation, Therapeutic Recreation concentration

State University of New York-Brockport
Brockport, NY 14420-2997
School of Health & Human Performance
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.brockport.edu/leisure

St. Joseph's College
Patchogue, NY 11772-2325
School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.sjcny.edu

Ithaca College
Ithaca, NY 14850
School of Health Sciences and Human Performance
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.ithaca.edu/hshp/depts/rls/

Lehman College/The City University of New York
Bronx, NY 10468
School of Health Science, Human Services and Nursing
Department of Health Sciences

Program Name: Recreation Education and Therapeutic Recreation
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Website: http://www.lehman.edu/academics/health-sciences/degree-information.php
Description: BS in Therapeutic Recreation; Masters in Recreation Education, Therapeutic Recreation Service option

Utica College
Utica, NY 13502
School of Health Professions and Education

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.utica.edu/tr

St. Thomas Aquinas College
Sparkill, NY 10976
School of Arts and Sciences
Therapeutic Recreation Program

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.stac.edu

University of Toledo
Toledo, OH 43606-3390
College of Health Sciences
Department of Health and Recreation Professions

Program Name: Recreation Therapy
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.utoledo.edu/
Description: Master in Recreational Therapy

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-0001
College of Education
School of Applied Health & Educational Psychology

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Doctorate Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://education.okstate.edu/rmtr
Description: Masters in Recreation Management/Therapeutic Recreation, PhD in Leisure Studies

Slippery Rock University
Slippery Rock, PA 16056
College of Health, Environment, and Science
Parks and Recreation Department

Program Name: Recreational Therapy Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.sru.edu

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
College of Public Health
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Doctorate Degree, Master's Degree
Website: http://www.temple.edu
Description: Masters in Recreational Therapy

Lock Haven University
Lock Haven, PA 17745
College of Business, Information Systems and Human Services
Recreational Management

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: https://www.lhup.edu/

York College of PA
York, PA 17403-3651
Hospitality, Recreation, and Sport Management

Program Name: Recreation and Leisure Administration
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.ycp.edu/academics/academic-departments/hospitality-recreation-and-sport-management/recreation-and-leisure-administration/

Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-0735
College of Health, Education, and Human Development
Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism Management

Program Name: Recreational Therapy Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Doctorate Degree, Master's Degree
Website: http://www.clemson.edu/hehd/departments/prtm/

University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Knoxville, TN 37996-2700
College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Kinesiology, Recreation, an Sport Studies

Program Name: Recreation and Sport Management
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://utk.edu 
Description: Masters in Therapeutic Recreation

Texas State University
San Marcos, TX 78666-4684
College of Education
Department of Health and Human Performance

Program Name: Recreation and Leisure Services
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree, Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.hhp.txstate.edu/
Description: Masters in Recreation and Leisure Services, emphasis Therapeutic Recreation

Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Marriott School of Management
Recreation Management

Program Name: Recreation Management
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://marriottschool.byu.edu/bsrecm/

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
College of Health
Department of Occupational & Recreational Therapies

Program Name: Recreational Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Doctorate Degree, Master's Degree
Website: https://www.health.utah.edu/occupational-recreational-therapies/degrees/recreational-therapy/index.php
Description: Masters with specialization in TR

Radford University
Radford, VA 24142-6963
College of Education and Human Development
Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Program Name: Recreation Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.radford.edu/content/cehd/home/departments/rcpt.html

George Mason University
Manassas, VA 20110-2201
College of Education and Human Development
School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism

Program Name:
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.gmu.edu

Longwood University
Farmville, VA 23909-1801
College of Education & Human Services
Department of Health, Athletic Training, Recreation and Kinesiology

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.longwood.edu/hrk/8347.htm

Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA 23529
Darden College of Education
Department of Human Movement Sciences

Program Name: Park, Recreation and Tourism Studies
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://education.odu.edu/esper/academics/degrees/rts/rts.shtml

Virginia Wesleyan College
Norfolk, VA 23502
Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies

Program Name: Therapeutic Recreation Program
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.vwc.edu/academics/

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
La Crosse, WI 54601-3374
College of Science and Health
Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation

Program Name: Rec Management & Therapeutic Rec
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree
Website: http://www.uwlax.edu

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201
College of Health Sciences
Occupational Science and Technology

Program Name: TR Certificate Program
Degree Type(s): Certificate Program
Website: http://www4.uwm.edu/chs/academics/occupational_therapy/therapeutic_recreation_certificate.cfm
Description: TR Certificate Program, may offer online courses

Shepherd University
Shepherdstown, WV 25443
School of Education & Professional Studies
Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Sport

Program Name: Recreation & Sport Studies
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.shepherd.edu/hpersweb/

Nova Southeastern University
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
Institute for the Study of Human Services, Health, and Justice

Program Name: Recreational Therapy
Degree Type(s): Bachelor's Degree
Website: http://www.nova.edu/humanservices/rectherapy/index.html
Description: B.S. in Recreational Therapy -- entire degree is available online; some courses are also offered on main campus in a face-to-face format; three concentration options: Child Life and Development, Adult Therapeutic Services, and Health and Recreation Management

Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA 23501
School of Health Professions

Program Name: Medical & Health Professions Education
Degree Type(s): Master's Degree
Website: http://www.evms.edu/mhpe
Description: Online Masters in Medical & Health Professions Education completed in 19 months.