Frequently Asked Questions in Therapeutic Recreation

How much does the graduate program cost?
UW-La Crosse Admissions maintains an updated web page estimating annual costs of a graduate program. That information is available at:
http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/afford.htm#2 .

How long does the program take?
There are several factors in determining how long it takes to complete the Masters in Therapeutic Recreation. Of course, the number of undergraduate deficiencies has an impact. So does the complexity of a student’s research (if he or she chooses to complete a thesis or project). Certainly students already certified in Therapeutic Recreation complete their program more quickly than students who are using the graduate program to be certified-eligible. If a student attends full-time, he or she probably will take anywhere from a calendar year (fall, spring, summer) to two years (fall, spring, summer, fall, spring) to complete the program.

What is the usual class size?
Graduate students take two kinds of classes, 500-level courses and 700-level courses. 500-level means that graduate students and upper class undergraduates take the course together. These courses usually have 25-35 students in them. 700-level courses are graduate students only. These courses often have about 15 students in them.

Do I have to do a thesis?
A student has three options – thesis, project, or comprehensive examination. Most, but not all, students who need to do an internship (i.e., are not already a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) take the comprehensive exam. A student, by the end of his or her first semester on campus, should make a decision as to which path to take.

Do most students do a thesis or a project or a comprehensive exam?
The best answer to this question is that it does not matter what most other students do. The options exist in order to cater to the needs of a range of students. For example, students who wish to go on for a Ph.D. should do a thesis. Students who need a TR internship to sit for the national examination must do an internship. Projects often are a good option for students currently working in the field; often their place of employment needs a survey, feasibility study, or some other major undertaking that might also serve as a project. In general, however, about half of our graduate students do an internship and about half do either a thesis or project.

What is a comprehensive examination?
The comprehensive examination is developed and graded by the graduate faculty, and covers all of the coursework completed by the student.

What kind of jobs do TR graduates find?
Graduates with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation work in both institutional settings (hospitals, etc…) and community programs serving individuals with special needs. For examples of jobs in therapeutic recreation, go to:
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Will I have to take a summer class?
Typically, graduate courses in Therapeutic Recreation are not offered during summer sessions.

Is every graduate course offered every semester?
No. Please refer to the Graduate Program Director for the updated schedule of courses.

Does tuition reciprocity apply to people from Minnesota who are interested in Grad School at UWL?
See http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/afford.htm AND http://www.getreadyforcollege.org/hesod/reciprocity/apply1.cfm

Is there an application for an Out-Of-State tuition waiver?
Yes. It is the SAME application as the one used for the RMTR Graduate Assistantship. Please note in your letter that you are applying for the tuition waiver. See http://www.uwlax.edu/sah/rmtr/gr_tr/html/assistantships.htm