Dual Degree Program in Therapeutic Recreation B.S. and M.S.

The field of therapeutic recreation is moving towards a master’s level entry (much like physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology recently have). The creation of a dual degree program will provide students with a more efficient path towards completion of their master’s degree. This dual degree program will allow students to complete a bachelor's and a master’s degree (+1) in less time in the therapeutic recreation program and to be eligible to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™.

Admission to the program

To be considered for admission to the dual degree program, the student must:

  1. Be a current therapeutic recreation student who has been accepted into the program and has completed at least 75 undergraduate credits.
  2. Have completed or is concurrently taking RTH 252, RTH 319, RTH 329, PSY 204, ESS 205 (or BIO 312).
  3. Have a minimum cumulative UWL GPA of 3.2 to apply.

Further selection is based on the following criteria:

  • Cumulative UWL GPA
  • Pre-professional experience 
  • 250 word essay explaining why the applicant wants to pursue a degree in therapeutic recreation

Graduation requirements

Bachelor of Science

  • All courses required in the Therapeutic Recreation Program during the undergraduate portion of the dual degree program must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" or better with a GPA of 2.5 or better on a scale of 4.0.
  • All program and university requirements must be met (120 credits total).

Master of Science

  • A total of at least 30 credits of graduate level courses that must be competed with a "B" or better (3.0/4.0) in each course. This includes the courses taken during the undergraduate period: RTH 556, RTH 570, and RTH 576. These credits will count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 scale in all graduate courses is required for graduation from graduate school.


(College of Science and Health)

83 credits, excluding general education credits

General education courses
Select one of the following:4
Biology for the Informed Citizen
General Biology
Microbes and Society
PSY 100General Psychology3
STAT 145Elementary Statistics4
Total Credits11
Interdisciplinary requirements
PSY 204Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 212Lifespan Development3
ESS 205Human Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise Science I3
or BIO 312 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Professional core requirements
REC 150Leisure, Quality of Life, and Well Being3
RTH 250Introduction to Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 252Innovative Activities in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 319Management Functions in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 329Diagnostic Groups in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 355Medical Language3
RTH 462Inclusive Recreation Program Administration3
RTH 480Leisure Education in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 493Therapeutic Recreation Trends and Issues3
RTH 496Fieldwork Preparation in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 498Internship in Therapeutic Recreation12
Elective courses
Select a minimum of two credits from the elective list.2-3
Therapeutic Recreation and Corrections
Adaptive Sports and Therapeutic Recreation
Therapeutic Recreation and Mental Health
Therapeutic Recreation for Persons With Physical Disabilities
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Workshop in Therapeutic Recreation
Independent Study in Therapeutic Recreation
Special Projects in Therapeutic Recreation
Courses taken after admission to dual degree program: 1, 2
RTH 556Program Design and Administration of Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 570Facilitation Techniques in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 576Assessment and Treatment Planning in Therapeutic Recreation3
Required courses taken after admission to graduate program:
RTH 701Philosophical Foundations of Leisure, Play and Recreation3
RTH 720Research Methods for Recreation, Parks, and Leisure3
RTH 730Advanced Clinical Aspects/Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 740Evidence-Based Practice in Therapeutic Recreation3
RTH 750Authentic Leadership and Clinical Supervision in Therapeutic Recreation3
REC 761Graduate Project in Recreation3
Elective 33
Total Credits83-84
Internship in senior year:

RTH 498 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation will be taken for 12 credits while the student is an undergraduate. To be admitted to RTH 498, students must achieve a 2.5 cumulative and major GPA and have successfully completed all program course work. The internship will be in either the Spring or Summer term of the student's senior year.

After RTH 498 Internship in Therapeutic Recreation is completed, the student will graduate with their Bachelor of Science with a major in therapeutic recreation.

Master of Science curriculum

Total for M.S. = 30 credits, including the nine credits of graduate courses (RTH 556, RTH 576, and RTH 570) taken during the undergraduate years

For complete details regarding application procedures, contact the Therapeutic Recreation Program Director in the Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation.

All students must complete the general education, college core (waived for therapeutic recreation majors), major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR.  

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college. (No substitutions for graduation may be made in course requirements for a major or minor after the fourth week of the last semester of the senior year.)
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.


Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with 15 or fewer credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

This major is exempt from the CSH College Core requirement.  

Year 1
REC 150 (Gen Ed Health & Well-Being)3RTH 2503 
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3STAT 145 (Gen Ed Math)4 
PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3 
BIO 100, 105, or MIC 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4Gen Ed Arts2-3 
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Minority Cultures3 
 16 16  
Year 2
ESS 20513RTH 3193 
PSY 21213RTH 2523 
Gen Ed Math or Lang/Logical Systems3-4PSY 20413 
RTH 3293University Elective3 
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3 
 15 15  
Year 3
Gen Ed Global Studies3RTH 4963 
RTH 3553RTH 5563 
University Elective3RTH 5703 
Gen Ed World History3Therapeutic Recreation Elective2-3 
University Elective3University Elective3 
Apply to TR Dual Degree Program2 University Elective1 
Apply for "special non-degree graduate student status" for spring semester   
 15 16  
Year 4
RTH 4623RTH 49812-16 
RTH 4803  
RTH 4933  
RTH 5763  
University Elective3  
Apply for "full graduate status" for next fall   
 15 12  
Additional year
RTH 7013RTH 7203REC 7613
RTH 7403RTH 7303 
RTH 7503Therapeutic Recreation Elective3 
 9 9 3
Total Credits: 141