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FAQs for the online Ph.D. in the Recreational Therapy Cognate Area

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  • What are the prerequisites?

    1. A master's degree is required
    2. Certification as a CTRS
    3. 2,000 hours of work experience in recreational therapy (beyond internship)
  • I took the GRE six years ago. Do I have to take them again?

    If your GRE scores are more than five years old, contact program coordinator, Marieke Van Puymbroeck, Ph.D., at to talk about this in greater detail.
  • Is there a target GRE score?

    Not really. The GRE score is one part of the big picture that we take into account when making our decisions.
  • Is there some sort of financial assistance available?

    Financial aid is available for students enrolled in at least six credits per semester. More information on financial aid is available at Graduate assistantships are not available. However, we encourage you to check with your place of work, as many places offer tuition reimbursement benefits.
  • What is the length of time for the program?

    We expect that most students will take three to four years for the program, at approximately two to three classes per semester. The length of the program can be tailored to meet each student's needs, and this will be discussed in length at Residency 1.
  • Do I have to be on the Clemson campus for any period of time?

    Yes. There are three residencies, and these will require five days in residence on the Clemson campus each year. In 2018, Residency 1 and 2 will occur May 23-28. *Residency 1 will be for all students admitted in 2018. Residency 3 will occur May 20-25
  • When do classes start for 2018?

    Classes start May 24.
  • How do I apply?

    Check out the Clemson University Graduate School website at There you will find the link to admissions, FAQ and other pertinent information. As you navigate through the application, make sure you choose online Ph.D. in PRTM, Recreational Therapy Cognate as your option.
  • When is the application deadline?

    February 1
  • How big are the class sizes?

    Each cohort will be six to eight people. We believe this size is optimal for individualized attention and mentoring.