Dual Degree Program in Recreational Therapy B.S. and M.S.

The field of recreational therapy 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 recreational therapy program and to be eligible to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist™.

Admission to the program

1. Students may declare the dual degree program at any time. Declaring the dual degree program does not guarantee admission into the graduate program.  

2. Graduate courses cannot be taken until the student has completed 75 undergraduate credits.

3. Students must have and maintain a minimum UWL resident cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.85/4.00; and maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00/4.00.

Graduation requirements

Bachelor of Science

  • All courses required in the Recreational Therapy 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 2.50 or better on a scale of 4.00.
  • 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 593. 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)

86-87 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
Total Credits7
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 229Diagnostic Groups in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 250Introduction to Recreational Therapy3
RTH 319Recreational Therapy Management and Special Event Planning3
RTH 352Modality Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy I3
RTH 355Medical Language and Digital Competencies for Allied Health Professionals3
RTH 376Assessment and Treatment Planning in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 452Modality Preceptorship in Recreational Therapy II3
RTH 492Clinical Education Experience in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 494Research Methods and Program Evaluation in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 496Fieldwork Preparation in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 498Internship in Recreational Therapy12
Elective courses
Select a minimum of two credits from the elective list.2-3
Therapeutic Recreation and Corrections
Animal Assisted Therapy
Recreational Therapy and Adaptive Sports
Recreational Therapy for Youth and Adolescents
Nature and Forest Therapy
Recreational Therapy and Mental Health
Recreational Therapy for Physical Disabilities
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Workshop in Recreational Therapy
Independent Study in Recreational Therapy
Special Projects in Recreational Therapy
Courses taken after admission to dual degree program: 1, 2
RTH 556Program Design and Administration of Recreational Therapy3
RTH 570Recreational Therapy Processes and Facilitation Techniques3
RTH 593Advancing the Recreational Therapy Profession3
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 in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 740Evidence-Based Practice in Recreational Therapy3
RTH 750Authentic Leadership and Clinical Supervision in Recreational Therapy3
REC 761Graduate Project in Recreation3
RTH 770Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Healthcare3
Total Credits86-87

Typically, RTH 556 and RTH 570 are taken concurrently in a student's second to last semester on campus, and RTH 592 is taken in a student's last semester on campus. These nine credits apply to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.


Students must have special non-degree graduate student status before registering for their graduate courses.


The elective course will be determined jointly by the student and the program director.

Internship in senior year:

RTH 498 Internship in Recreational Therapy 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 Recreational Therapy is completed, the student will graduate with their Bachelor of Science with a major in recreational therapy.

Master of Science curriculum

Total for Master of Science = 30 credits, including the nine credits of graduate courses (RTH 556, RTH 593, and RTH 570) taken during the undergraduate years

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

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.
  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.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

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 less than 12 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)3CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3 
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3PSY 2123 
PSY 100 (Gen Ed Self & Society)3ESS 2053 
BIO 100, 105, or MIC 100 (Gen Ed Natural Lab Science)4Gen Ed Arts2-3 
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Math3 
 16 15  
Year 2
RTH 2503RTH 3193 
RTH 2293RTH 3553 
PSY 2043Gen Ed Math/Language/Logical Systems3-4 
Gen Ed Arts 2-3University Elective1 
Gen Ed Minority Cultures3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3 
University Elective2Gen Ed World History 3 
 16 16  
Year 3
University Elective3RTH 5703 
RTH 3763RTH 4523 
RTH 3523RTH 5563 
Gen Ed Global Studies3RTH 4963 
University Elective3University Elective3 
Apply to RT Dual Degree Program2   
Apply for "special non-degree graduate student status" for spring semester   
 15 15  
Year 4
RTH 4933RTH 49812-16 
RTH 4943  
RTH 5923  
RTH Elective3  
University Elective3  
Apply for "full graduate status" for next fall   
 15 12  
Additional year
RTH 7013RTH 7203REC 7613
RTH 7403RTH 7303 
RTH 7503RTH Elective3 
 9 9 3
Total Credits: 141

PSY 212 Lifespan Development, PSY 204 Abnormal Psychology, and ESS 205/BIO 312 Human Anatomy and Physiology I fulfill, in part, criteria for becoming a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). For any PSY 212, PSY 204, or ESS 205/BIO 312 course substitutes/transfers, students are advised to verify satisfactory content with the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certifications (NCTRC). See the Therapeutic Recreation Program Director for more information. 


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

  1. Be a current recreational therapy student who has completed at least 75 undergraduate credits.
  2. Have completed or is concurrently taking RTH 229RTH 319, RTH 352PSY 204, ESS 205 (or BIO 312).
  3. Have a minimum cumulative UWL GPA of 2.85 to apply.

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