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Master of Science in PRTM with emphasis in Recreational Therapy

The goal of the Clemson University recreation therapy (CURT) graduate program is to prepare entry-level and advanced recreational therapists who have a solid theoretical understanding and the practical skills to improve functional outcomes and increase participation in life activities for individuals with health conditions.  The online M.S. degree has an emphasis on the student who is already a practitioner in the field. The traditional M.S. degree places greater emphasis on research design and methodology and requires a thesis representing an original contribution to scholarship acceptable to the faculty and graduate school. 

Master of Science in PRTM (non-thesis)

All students are strongly encouraged to begin the degree in Fall, as our course work sequences in a specific manner, where Spring starts would put you off-sequence and behind.  Applications submitted for Fall entry must be complete by March 31 to allow for review by the admissions committee and completion of enrollment prior to classes beginning in early August. 

  • You must have proof of current CTRS certification or be eligible to sit for the national exam.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA, last two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum of 3.0* out of 4.0
  • TOEFL / IELTS - For international students’ language ability, a TOEFL score or IELTS test is required. Minimum scores are as follows:
    • pbT TOEFL - greater than 610
    • IBT TOEFL - greater than 102
    • CBT TOEFL - greater than 253
    • IELTS - greater than 6.5
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • GRE is required for M.S. (thesis) and recommended but not required for M.S. (non-thesis)
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience
  • Personal statement: Such statement is reviewed closely to identify one's research interests and/or professional experience related to parks, recreation, or tourism. Listed below are specific questions for applicants to address, but not limit themselves to, within their personal statement. These questions could be addressed in one whole essay, or as itemized responses to the questions as outlined on the online graduate school application:
  • What are your goals for graduate study and a professional career? If appropriate, describe your professional experience as it relates to parks, recreation, sport or tourism.
  • Why do you feel Clemson University is appropriate for you? Why do you think the program (thesis or non-thesis) offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is a good match for your interests?
  • Why are you pursuing a graduate degree? In what ways would your degree contribute to your future and/or career?

A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred.

All course work to be credited toward the master's degree must have been enrolled in and completed within six calendar years prior to the date on which the degree is to be awarded.

Minimum Course Requirements (17 hours)

  • PRTM 8010 Philosophical Foundations (3 credits)
  • PRTM 8080 Behavioral Aspects of PRTM (3 credits)
  • PRTM 8110 Research Methods in PRTM (3 credits)
  • PRTM 8060 or PRTM 9000 Special Project or Comprehensive Exam (see Final Examination tab for more info)

Please note that core courses are offered in 8-week block format

RT Specific Coursework

  • PRTM 8710 Applied Research in Recreational Therapy
  • PRTM 8720 Advanced Facilitation Techniques in Recreational Therapy
  • PRTM 8730 Advanced Theory in Recreational Therapy
  • PRTM 8740 Management of the Clinical Process in Recreational Therapy
  • PRTM 8750 Program Development and Consulting in Recreational Therapy
  • 3 Credits of Statistics

Total Credit Hours: 30

Please note that RT courses are offered in 16-week semester format (except PRTM 8720).

The student's committee must consist of at least three members and the majority of the advisory committee, including the major advisor, must be comprised of Clemson University faculty from the program offering the particular degree and who hold full-time tenure-track positions. Part-time and visiting faculty employed by Clemson may serve on this committee but may not serve as chair. Persons not employed by Clemson University may serve if they have been appointed to an adjunct faculty status.

All students will be required to complete a three credit hour culminating project or take comprehensive exams. 

 


M.S. PRTM Recreational Therapy (thesis)

The Master of Science in PRTM (thesis) degree, with an emphasis in Recreational Therapy, is an advanced practice degree, and is designed for current practitioners to add skills to their toolbox, and for people planning to undertake doctoral study to become RT educators. The goal of this degree is to produce a skilled professional capable of research with minimal supervision.

This degree is designed for people planning to undertake doctoral study, research related positions in their chosen profession or an administration position. Due to the nature of the curriculum this is a traditional, on-campus degree. For more a more in-depth question and answer session about both programs, you are welcome to watch our recent webinar.

All students are strongly encouraged to begin the degree in Fall, as our course work sequences in a specific manner, where Spring starts would put you off-sequence and behind.  Applications submitted for Fall entry must be complete by January 15 as funding decisions are typically made in February.

  • You must have proof of current CTRS certification or be eligible to sit for the national exam.
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • GPA, last two years of undergraduate studies with a minimum of 3.0* out of 4.0
  • TOEFL / IELTS - For international students’ language ability, a TOEFL score or IELTS test is required. Minimum scores are as follows:
    • pbT TOEFL - greater than 610
    • IBT TOEFL - greater than 102
    • CBT TOEFL - greater than 253
    • IELTS - greater than 6.5
  • Two letters of reference that specifically address the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate program in parks, recreation and tourism
  • GRE is required for M.S. (thesis) and recommended but not required for M.S. (non-thesis)
  • A current resume reflecting academic and professional experience
  • Personal statement: Such statement is reviewed closely to identify one's research interests and/or professional experience related to parks, recreation, or tourism. Listed below are specific questions for applicants to address, but not limit themselves to, within their personal statement. These questions could be addressed in one whole essay, or as itemized responses to the questions as outlined on the online graduate school application:
  • What are your goals for graduate study and a professional career? If appropriate, describe your professional experience as it relates to parks, recreation, sport or tourism.
  • Why do you feel Clemson University is appropriate for you? Why do you think the program (thesis or non-thesis) offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management is a good match for your interests?
  • Why are you pursuing a graduate degree? In what ways would your degree contribute to your future and/or career?

A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred.

All course work to be credited toward the master's degree must have been enrolled in and completed within six calendar years prior to the date on which the degree is to be awarded.

Minimum Course Requirements (17 hours)

  • PRTM 8010 Philosophical Foundations (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8080 Behavioral Aspects of PRTM (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8110 Research Methods in PRTM (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8910 Master’s Research (7 Credits)
  • PRTM 9100 Research Seminar (2 Credits)

RT Specific Coursework 

  • PRTM 8710 Applied Research in Recreational Therapy (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8720 Advanced Facilitation Techniques in Recreational Therapy (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8730 Advanced Theory in Recreational Therapy (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8740 Management of the Clinical Process in Recreational Therapy (3 Credits)
  • PRTM 8750 Program Development and Consulting in Recreational Therapy (3 Credits)
  • 3 Credits of Statistics

Total Credit Hours: 36

The student's committee must consist of at least three members and the majority of the advisory committee, including the major advisor, must be comprised of Clemson University faculty from the program offering the particular degree and who hold full-time tenure-track positions. Part-time and visiting faculty employed by Clemson may serve on this committee but may not serve as chair. Persons not employed by Clemson University may serve if they have been appointed to an adjunct faculty status.

A thesis is required with a successful oral defense of the thesis.

 

For More Information about the M.S. PRTM Recreational Therapy Program

Please contact the Recreational Therapy MS program coordinator, Jasmine Townsend, at prtmrt@clemson.edu or call (864) 656-2198 for more information. The fax number is (864) 656-2226. If you would like to submit the Departmental Supplemental Information Form, please fill out the form here. A formal Graduate School application must also be submitted. Please click this link for information.