Recreation Management & Policy, M.S.
The RMP graduate program offers three options of study: Recreation Administration (30 credits), Therapeutic Recreation Administration (30 credits), or Adaptive Sports (32-33 credits).
Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Part-time students taking two courses per semester can complete the program in three years. There is a thesis and non-thesis option. Students who are considering future doctoral studies are encouraged to pursue the thesis option.
Individuals seeking a career change to recreation administration, therapeutic recreation administration, or adaptive sports with an undergraduate degree in a related field (e.g., education, psychology, business, special education) may be admitted to the Graduate School as a provisional student, with the expectation that they complete any required prerequisites prior to, or concurrently with, graduate courses. Prerequisite courses will be determined based on professional experience and educational background. A specially designed curriculum is available to provisionally admitted students.
Graduate courses in RMP are generally offered once a week in three-hour blocks in the afternoon and/or evenings. Some courses are offered in an online format.
Admission is based on a personal history that demonstrates academic achievement and/or exemplary work experience, as well as the applicant's ability to articulate in the personal statement his or her potential and desire for graduate study in recreation administration, therapeutic recreation administration, or adaptive sports.
Generally, students must have earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 to be considered for admission. Applicants are required to submit copies of prior academic records (official academic transcripts), three professional references, a current resume or curriculum vita, written personal statement, and a complete Graduate School application.
A baccalaureate degree must be conferred prior to beginning the program. Face-to-face, phone, or video call interviews are encouraged but not required for all applicants. Students who wish to apply for a graduate assistantship should contact the department's Graduate Coordinator for an application or obtain it from the department’s website (http://chhs.unh.edu/rmp/graduate-programs). Admission to the program and funding opportunities are selective and limited. It is in the applicant's best interest to apply early.