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

Recreation Management, BS: Therapeutic Recreation Concentration

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Accredited by Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT)

The Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions (COAPRT) recognizes academic programs in colleges and universities that prepare new professionals to enter the parks, recreation, tourism and related professions. COAPRT Accreditation is a status granted to an academic program that meets or exceeds stated criteria of educational quality.

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This career ready concentration teaches students how to apply activities as therapeutic tools toward a renewed quality of life for people with disabilities across the lifespan.

Recreation Management: Therapeutic Recreation (TR) concentration coursework, together with 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. The Recreation Management concentration is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates find employment in local, state, and federal recreation settings; senior and adult health care; non-profit organizations; and educational and clinical institutions.

For more information on this degree, please contact: Brenda Wiggins.

Course Work

Mason Core Requirements (38 credits)

  • Written communication (6)
  • Oral communication (3)
  • Information technology (3)
  • Quantitative reasoning (3) Must take STAT 250
  • Literature (3)
  • Arts (3)
  • Western civilization (3)
  • Social and behavioral science (3)Must take PSYC 100
  • Global understanding (3)
  • Natural science (8) Must take BIOL 124 and BIOL 125
  • Synthesis/Capstone (12) met by PRLS 490, a program requirement

Professional Sequence (71 credits)

Electives (11 credits)

Choose an additional 11 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.

Total: 120 credits

Consult the current George Mason University catalog for descriptions of courses and degree requirements. Students will be cleared for graduation using the degree requirements for the catalog year they matriculated into the Recreation Management (TR) concentration.

Many TR students have applied their elective credits toward completion of a George Mason University certificate program as a complement to their major area of study. A minor or certificate can further enhance a student's expertise in specialized areas and may make them even more marketable upon graduation.

Licensure Disclosure

This program has been identified by George Mason University as one that may lead to a career requiring professional licensure/certification. Federal regulations require Mason to disclose information as to whether this program meets/does not meet the educational requirements for licensure/certification in your state, or whether such a determination has not been made. Please consult our Licensure Disclosure Tool for the disclosure statement specific to your desired state/program combination.

George Mason University will verify completion of the requirements of a Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) state-approved preparation program at the graduate or undergraduate level. Such verification does not guarantee the issuance of a Virginia Collegiate Professional, Postgraduate Professional, or Pupil Personnel license from the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is solely the student's responsibility to comply with all requirements for licensure by the Commonwealth. Under Virginia law, a social security number is required for licensure.