Admission requirements

The application process for the Therapeutic Recreation Graduate Program is simple and straightforward. A student need only follow the overall procedures for admission to the University.

Students seeking admission to graduate study must apply electronically by completing the UW System Application which may be found on the Graduate Studies website.

Note: It is the student's responsibility to make arrangements for official transcripts of previously established academic records (undergraduate and graduate) bearing the official seal of the institution(s) where course work was taken to be sent directly from the registrar of each institution to the UW-La Crosse Admissions Office. UW-La Crosse accepts transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution(s) or through an electronic secure document sending service. Application fees and transcripts can be sent to:

Graduate Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Additional information for International Student Admissions can be found here

There are no examinations (GRE's, required for admission to the Therapeutic Recreation graduate program. Acceptance is based on undergraduate grade point average and experience in recreation- or therapeutic-related fields. To qualify for unconditional admission (i.e., not on probation) to graduate study, a student must have:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  2. (a) An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.85 on a 4.00 scale, or  
    (b) An average of at least 3.00 in the last half of all undergraduate work, or  
    (c) An average of at least 3.00 for no less than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate school (not applicable to the MBA Program).
  3. Departmental or school/college approval to enter the graduate program chosen.

Therapeutic Recreation graduate students with backgrounds in Therapeutic Recreation can be admitted in any semester. Therapeutic Recreation students who do not have a background in TR will only be admitted for the Fall semester.