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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Recreation Management and Policy (RMP)


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This program is offered in Durham.

Associate Professor: Robert J. Barcelona, Patricia J. Craig, Allison Wilder
Assistant Professor: Jessie Bennett, Cindy L. Hartman, Nate Trauntvein
Clinical Assistant Professor: Jennifer Frye, Matthew Frye, Jill Gravink, Sean McLaughlin


Degree Offered: M.S.

The Department of Recreation Management and Policy offers the master of science degree in recreation management and policy with options in recreation administration or therapeutic recreation administration. The Department of Recreation Management and Policy is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions, and the Commission on the Acrreditation of Recreational Therapy Education. 

The primary purpose of the RMP graduate program is to prepare professionally educated recreation and therapeutic recreation administrators to serve their communities and provide leadership that addresses the quality of life issues of an increasingly diverse and complex society. The MS program in RMP provides a foundation in leisure theory, research, and data analysis to conduct applied research within the field, and administration skills for management level positions in practice.

An atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration fosters interactions between faculty and students. Faculty and students are actively engaged in applied research.

Recreation Administration Option

The Recreation Administration option prepares professionals with advanced knowledge and skills to plan and administer recreation services. Postgraduate employment opportunities include directors of town and municipal recreation programs, YMCAs, resort programs, camps, campus/intramural sports, fitness centers, youth services agencies, and sports and recreation facilities as well as outdoor recreation planners for the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and state park systems. New specializations are available in adapted sports through our partnership with Northeast Passage (, or in campus recreation through our partnership with UNH Campus Recreation (


Therapeutic Recreation Administration Option

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 new 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 adapted 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.

Admission Requirements

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 or therapeutic recreation administration. Generally, students must have earned a minimum grade-point average of 3.00 to be considered for admission. Applicants are required to submit copies of prior academic records (official academic transcripts), current scores (within five years) from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three professional and/or academic 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. 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. Admission to the program is selective and limited. It is in the applicant's best interest to apply early.

Degree Requirements

Individuals seeking a career change to recreation or therapeutic recreation administration 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 concurrent 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.

The degree program consists of required and elective coursework. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students will select either a thesis or non-thesis track. Students in both options are required to complete 30 credits as detailed in the following program outline.

Required courses. There are four core courses (12 credits) that all M.S. students in recreation management and policy are required to take regardless of option area.

Elective courses. Students who take the non-thesis track complete five courses (15 credits) from a list of RMP courses and courses outside the department. Students in the thesis track take four elective courses (12 credits).

Capstone experience. All students take a capstone experience. This experience will be either RMP 899, Master’s Thesis (6 credits) or RMP 995, Colloquium Seminar (3 credits).

It is expected that the M.S. in Recreation Management and Policy will take full-time students two years to progress through all degree requirements. If a student takes leveling courses, they may need to complete more than two years. Most TR Administration students who level, complete two years of academic work and one semester of an internship. Part-time students should be able to complete the program in three years. Courses are generally offered once a week in three-hour blocks in the afternoon and evenings.

Required Core Competencies (4 courses = 12 credits)

1.    RMP 800, Concepts of Recreation and Leisure

2.    RMP 805, Management and Policy in Therapeutic Recreation
RMP 806, Recreation Administration and Organizational Behavior

3.    Research methods course from the following options:

RMP 998, Special Topics, Research Methods

EDUC 981, Methods and Techniques of Educational Research
FS 994, Research Seminar
KIN 901, Analysis of Professional Literature
OT 903, Research Methods for Occupational Therapists
SW 860, Research Methods in Social Work  

4.    Graduate-level statistics from the following options:

KIN 900, Applied Statistics
OT 902, Statistics for Occupational Therapists
SW 962, Research II, Statistics

Elective courses (4 courses/12 credits thesis option and 5 courses/15 credits non-thesis option with at least one elective from RMP)

RMP 811, Recreation Resource Management
RMP 830, Camp Administration and Leadership
RMP 860, Community Sport Organizations: Administration and Development
RMP 868, Theories and Philosophies of Youth Development
RMP 870, Management and Design of Recreation & Park Facilities
RMP 872, Law and Public Policy in Recreation Services
RMP 910, Conceptual Issues and Trends in Therapeutic Recreation
RMP 912, Non-Profit Administration and Leadership
RMP 924, Grantwriting and Fund Development
RMP 964, Graduate Internship
RMP 970, Teaching Practicum
RMP 980, Independent Study

Example of electives outside of the department:

SOC 970, Social Stress and Health
SOC 988, Medical Sociology: Health, Healing and Society
SOC 880, Social Conflict
SW 840, Implications of Race, Culture and Oppression for Social Work Practice
SW 814, Introduction to Addiction: Assessment and Intervention
SW 897, Special Topics: Adventure Therapy: Facilitating and Processing the Experience
ADMN 851, Advertising and Promotion
ADMN 855, Marketing of Services
NURS 945, Clinical Decision Making in Health Care
RAM 805, Ecotourism: Managing for the Environment
RAM 867, Social Impact Assessment
KIN 841, Social Issues in Contemporary Sports
KIN 843, Sport Marketing
KIN 881, Inclusion in Physical Education
KIN 890, Social and Health Issues in Sport Psychology
RAM 877, Fundamentals and Practice of Community Planning
PHP 920, Social Marketing
PHP 922, Public Health Economics

Capstone Course

RMP 899, Master’s Thesis (6 credits)
RMP 995, Colloquium Seminar, non-thesis track (3 credits)