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Online Master of Science in Recreational Therapy Admissions

To apply, you should have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0. If your GPA is below 3.0, you should have a score at or above the 65th percentile on the GRE/MAT or a GPA of 3.25 in graduate coursework (nine credits).


PLEASE NOTEAdmissions requirements stated on this page are for the Spring 2019 term and beyond. If you are applying for the Fall 2018 term, please contact the Office of Admissions at 215-204-5200 as some of the requirements have been changed.


Application Components

  1. Application: Students must apply through the SOPHAS Centralized Application Service. The documents listed below will all be submitted through SOPHAS.

  2. Official Transcripts: Submit transcripts from all of the undergraduate and graduate institutions you’ve attended. Please mail all of your official transcripts to:

    • SOPHAS Transcript Processing Center
    • PO Box 9111
    • Watertown, MA 02471
  3. References: You’ll need three letters of reference. One of the letters should be written by a faculty member who can comment on your academic ability. The others can be from professional references who can speak to your work-related competencies.  

  4. Goals statement: Write a 500- to 1,000-word essay describing your background, interests, accomplishments and career goals. Specifically, you should describe why your interests and goals make you a good fit for a career in Recreation Therapy. Please also include any experience you have working with individuals with disabilities and/or in the recreation field, if applicable. Focus on producing a clear, well-written document, as the master’s program emphasizes scholarly writing.

  5. A GRE or MAT score is required. Official scores should be sent directly to SOPHAS using code 0151. The GRE may be waived for students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above; this is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and the applicant should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss further.

  6. A current professional résumé is required for admission.

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • TOEFL: For applicants whose native language is not English, the TOEFL is required with a minimum score of 79 on the iBT. These scores should be sent officially to SOPHAS using the SOPHAS-specific TOEFL code of: 5688.

  • A World Education Services (WES) course-by-course evaluation (www.wes.org) is required for applicants who completed their degree outside of the United States. This can be requested and submitted through SOPHAS.

Application Deadlines

Spring Admission: November 1
Fall Admission: March 1

Clearance Requirements

To begin your required clinical/fieldwork placement, you’ll need to pass clearances that may include criminal background checks and drug screenings. You may also need to maintain personal health insurance and/or submit proof of physicals and immunizations. For a full list of requirements, see the Recreation Therapy MS Bulletin.