School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management - George Mason University

BS Recreation Management - Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

A BS Recreation Management with a concentration in therapeutic recreation prepares students in the use of activities as therapeutic tools to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities.

This career-ready concentration follows American Therapeutic Recreation Association guidelines of foundations, client assessment, treatment programs, implementation and modifications, and evaluation of treatments. Seniors intern under the supervision of a certified therapeutic recreation specialist in preparation to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam. Graduates pursue careers in settings such as local, state, and federal recreation agencies; adult and senior healthcare facilities; non-profit organizations; and educational and clinical institutions.


Is This Program Certified?

Yes, this concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT). COAPRT accreditation is a status granted to academic programs in colleges and universities that meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality.

What Are Some Benefits of the Mason Program?

In addition to our accreditation status and innovative faculty, Mason’s geographic location in the Northern Virginia metropolitan area provides for a wealth of fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities. We also offer the EDGE, our center for outdoor experiential learning located on our Science and Technology Campus, which students utilize in course work, practicums, and internships.

What Are Some Potential Careers for Program Graduates?

  • therapeutic recreation specialist
  • senior center activities director
  • community therapeutic recreation coordinator
  • school inclusion coordinator
  • corrections recreation director
  • Special Olympics administrator
  • residential recreation counselor
  • therapeutic horseback riding specialist
  • community inclusion officer
  • aquatics instructor for individuals with disabilities
  • at-risk youth counselor
  • research and grants specialist
  • community services director
  • adaptive swim specialist
  • adaptive recreation director

Mason Core Requirements (37 credits)

Recreation Management Core (51 credits)

Electives (14 credits)

Choose an additional 14 credits from the university catalog including Physical Activity for Lifetime Wellness Courses (RECR) that promote health and wellness, ATEP 201 or a minor in Psychology.

Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation (18 credits)

This concentration within the Recreation Management program teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Completion of the therapeutic recreation (TR) foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment courses to name a few, as well as an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS), prepares graduating seniors to sit for the national exam sponsored by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification to become a CTRS. Graduates find employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.

Total: 120 credits

Application Deadlines


  • Non-Binding Early Action Deadline: November 1
  • Regular Decision Deadline: January 15


  • Fall Priority Deadline: March 1
  • Spring Priority Deadline: October 1

For more information and to apply, visit the admissions website.

Application Requirements

Prospective Mason students can visit the How to Apply page for more information about submitting an application.

Admissions Requirements

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Tuition (2021-22)

Virginia Resident $396.25
$546.50 with MSF*
Non-Virginia Resident $1,373.75
$1,524.00 with MSF*
*Mandatory Student Fee (MSF) $150.25
CEHD Course Fee
($25/credit with higher per credit or flat course fees for internship and select ATEP, PRLS, and RECR courses)
$25.00 - $250.00
Total Cost for Virginia Residents per Credit $571.50 - $796.50
Total Cost for Non-Virginia Residents per Credit $1,549.00 - $1,774.00
Undergraduate New Student Fee
(non-refundable, one-time fee)
$350 | $275 for transfer students

Please Note: Refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees. Various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers, and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department. Also, many school districts offer tuition reimbursement options. Speak to your employer for more information.


Academic Advisor

Stormi Woltz
Phone: 703-993-5261
Fairfax Campus: Krug Hall, Suite 213

2021-22 Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation Concentration Advising Sheet

Recreation Management

If you're interested in more than two programs or aren't sure which program to select, just choose the most relevant and we can discuss your options with you.