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The Department of Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation offers degrees in both Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation at the Bachelors and Masters level. Our overall mission is to prepare students for careers in the recreation profession while simultaneously instilling an appreciation for the role of quality leisure in people's lives.  Recreation Management students are trained to eventually assume middle management positions in government recreation/parks, for-profit enterprises, tourism businesses, or non-profit recreation organizations. Therapeutic Recreation students become qualified to sit for their certification exam. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists are trained to help individuals with physical, cognitive, and/or behavioral disabilities. They assume positions in hospitals, geriatric centers, drug rehabilitation centers, correctional institutions, and community centers.

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Our Department has been nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COAPRT) since 1988.

A quick tour of our program web pages within this website will help you better understand our degree programs and career opportunities in recreation.  Thank you for your interest in Recreation at UW-La Crosse.



Congratulations to our 2021 RMTR Scholarship Recipients!

What's new in Recreation Management

WisCorps Mayor’s Crew learns about environmental careers

ROV underwater robot

Dr. Laurie Harmon lead a group of high school students on an R.O.V. underwater experience. 

What's new in Therapeutic Recreation

Congratulations to Becca Edel, one of our Dual-Degree Students, for being awarded 1st Runner Up in this year's 3-Minute Grad Project Competition hosted by Graduate Studies.  Click HERE to watch the recorded competition.  




UW-La Crosse helps build workforce for an aging world

The Therapeutic Recreation program continues to receive recognition for it's Program of Merit for Health Professions designation from The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.