Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation Administration (M.S.)

Recreation Management and Policy: Therapeutic Recreation Administration (M.S.)

Northeast Passage Three Mile Notch

Why get a master’s degree in therapeutic recreation administration?

Completing a therapeutic recreation administration master’s degree will prepare you for advanced roles assisting a wide range of individuals requiring health services, including geriatric, mental health, addictions, physical medicine and rehabilitation, military and Veteran populations, developmental disabilities, pediatric clients and more. Our master’s program in therapeutic recreation will help you take the next step in your career, giving you a solid foundation in leisure theory, research, data analysis and administration. You’ll learn the skills needed to serve in positions such as supervisor, manager, director, senior therapist or treatment coordinator. A specialization in community-based therapeutic recreation is also available through our partnership with Northeast Passage.

Why choose UNH’s therapeutic recreation administration program?

At UNH, you’ll find exceptional opportunities through our partnership with Northeast Passage, a nationally recognized therapeutic recreation and adaptive sports organization, affiliate of Disabled Sports U.S.A., and Gold Level Club member of U.S. Paralympics. This includes courses, fieldwork and research experiences in community-based health promotion programming, therapeutic recreation service delivery in the school system and adaptive sports. Students without an academic or clinical background in therapeutic recreation may use the M.S. program to satisfy the academic requirements for the national credentialing examination through the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and for New Hampshire state licensure. 

Potential career areas

  • Behavioral health 
  • Community inclusion services 
  • Developmental disability services 
  • Military and veteran services 
  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Older adult and geriatric services 
  • Pediatric and Youth Services 
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation 
  • Psychiatric services 
  • School systems 
  • Substance Use


Department of Recreation Management & Policy
Hewitt Hall, 4 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2391

Curriculum & Requirements

The Therapeutic Recreation Administration option prepares advanced personnel for administrative responsibilities in clinical-based practice & administrative leadership in community-based recreation services that meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Graduate education serves Therapeutic Recreation Specialists who wish to move into administrative positions such as supervisor/manager/director, senior therapist, treatment coordinator, assisted-living manager, and senior center supervisor. A specialization in community-based TR is also available through our partnership with Northeast Passage (, including coursework and practice experiences related to in-home/community health promotion programming, TR service delivery in the school system, and adaptive sports.

Students without an academic or clinical background in therapeutic recreation may use the M.S. program to satisfy the academic requirements for the national credentialing examination used by the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) and for New Hampshire state licensure. While the graduate program does not require prerequisite courses to qualify for admission, the credentialing examination ( does require coursework outside the M.S. curriculum requirements and the department may require leveling coursework upon acceptance to the M.S. program.

Degree Requirements

The 30-credit Therapeutic Recreation Administration option consists of required and elective coursework. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students will select either a thesis or non-thesis track. Full-time students with a TR undergraduate degree typically take two years to progress through the degree requirements; full-time students without a TR undergrad degree need more than two years. Part-time students typically complete the program in 3 years.

Required Core Competencies
RMP 800Concepts of Recreation and Leisure3
RMP 805Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation (If student has undergrad in TR already, they will take RMP 806: Rec Admin & Org Beh)3
Required Research Competencies
RMP 998Special Topics (Research Methods)3
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3
or EDUC 881 Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making
Capstone Course (choose 1 track)6
Thesis Track:
RMP 899
Master's Thesis (Sections I & II - 6 cr total)
Non-thesis Track:
RMP 980
Independent Study (counts as elective course for non-thesis track; can take twice)
RMP 995
Colloquium Seminar
Elective Courses in RMP Dept (Thesis track takes 4 electives; Non-thesis track takes 5 electives. Both tracks may also take electives outside Dept)12
RMP 806
Recreation Administration and Organizational Behavior
RMP 811
Recreation Resource Management
RMP 820
Adaptive Sports and Recreation Facilitation
RMP 830
Camp Administration and Leadership
RMP 840
Therapeutic Recreation Service Delivery in Community Settings
RMP 860
Program Administration in Recreational Sport
RMP 850
Aging, Advocacy, and Active Learning
RMP #868
Theories of Youth Development
RMP 870
Management and Design of Recreation and Park Facilities
RMP 872
Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services
RMP 875
Entrepreneurial and Commercial Recreation
RMP 912
Non-Profit Administration and Leadership
RMP 924
Fund Development and Grantwriting
RMP 964
Graduate Internship
RMP 970
Teaching Practicum
RMP 980
Independent Study
Total Credits30
Elective Options Outside of RMP Department (not an all-inclusive list):
KIN 881Inclusion in Physical Education4
PHP 922Public Health Economics3
RAM 867Social Impact Assessment4
RAM 877Topics in Community Planning4
HMP 900Introduction to the Health Services Industry3
HDFS 846Human Sexuality4
HDFS 857Race, Class, Gender, and Families4
HDFS 860Family Programs and Policies4
HDFS 876Children, Adolescents and the Law4
HDFS 894Families and the Law4
HDFS 993Theoretical Approaches to Human Development and Family Studies4
HDFS 843Families, Schools, and Community4
KIN 802Health Content and Youth Risk Behaviors4
KIN 831Inclusive Teaching Through Sport4
KIN 882Therapeutic Applications of Adventure Programming4
KIN 883Psych Factors of Adventure Ed4
NUTR 840Nutrition for Children with Special Needs4
NUTR 865Geriatric Nutrition4
NUTR 873Clinical Nutrition4
NUTR 880Critical Issues in Nutrition4
OT 822Introduction to Assistive Technology4
OT 824Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities4
OT 826Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities4
OT 830Assistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance3
OT 830LAssistive Technology for Enhancing Occupational Performance Lab2
OT 889Using iPads to Support Children with Disabilities3
PHP 900Public Health Care Systems3
PHP 904Social and Behavioral Health3
PHP 905Public Health Administration3
PHP 907Public Health Policy3
PHP 908Public Health Ethics3
PHP 912Public Health Law3
PHP 914Public Health Policy Analysis3
PHP 924Policy and Practice of Community Health Assessment3
PHP 938Health Education and Promotion3
SW 805Child and Adolescent Risks and Resiliency: Program, Policy and Practice3
SW 814Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention3
SW 820Social Welfare Policy I3
SOC 880Social Conflict4
SW 840Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice3
SW 850Human Behavior and the Social Environment I3
SW 865Adventure Therapy: Facilitation and Processing of the Experience3
SW 897Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare2 or 3


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Feb. 1 (for funding and GA application); March 15 (final)
  • Spring: Nov. 1
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional:  ME MA RI

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of recommendation: 3 required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a careful statement regarding:

  1. Why are you choosing to pursue graduate work in the RMP Department at UNH? 
  2. Why are you interested in this specific option of study (choose one: recreation administration, therapeutic recreation administration, or adaptive sports administration)?
  3. How does your professional and/or educational background make you suitable for a career in this specific option of study?
  4. What are your academic and research interests?
  5. What professional and/or academic accomplishments have you achieved to date that will contribute to your success?
  6. What are your future career goals – what do you plan to do after completing the RMP graduate program?

Statements must be included with your submitted application.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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