The MS in Leisure Studies offers two areas of emphasis: recreational therapy and recreation
management. Our graduates in recreational therapy are prepared for careers in psychiatric,
physical rehabilitation, pediatric and other healthcare and wellness settings. Our
graduates in recreation management are prepared for careers in corporate recreation,
university intramurals, outdoor recreation, parks and resource management.
Our program supports community-based, interdisciplinary research through work with
our colleagues across campus. We are currently involved with Parkinson’s disease research
to assist individuals in living as independently as possible within the community.
Recreational therapy provides treatment interventions such as exercise, gate training
and cognitive learning to assist individuals with improving and maintaining balance,
muscular strength and independence.
Dr. Tim Passmore is nationally recognized for his expertise on Medicare and Medicaid regulations related
to inpatient and outpatient healthcare. He regularly provides consultation to recreational
therapists and healthcare organizations related to behavioral health and physical
Dr. Donna Lindenmeier is nationally recognized for her expertise in outdoor and community recreation programming.
She specifically focuses on the use of recreation to enhance the lives of post-service
Dr. Taryn Price is an emerging expert in social engagement through recreation.
Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis. Students are strongly
encouraged to apply no later than six weeks prior to the start of the semester. To
apply to the program, complete the following:
Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA
Letter of interest
Three letters of recommendation
Cost & Assistance
Full-time students may be eligible for graduate assistantships, either as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) or a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA).
These positions are highly competitive and typically awarded in the spring semester.
Those granted assistantships are eligible to receive a tuition waiver, health insurance
Currently enrolled students are also eligible for scholarships offered through the College of Education and Human Sciences.