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Graduate Catalog

Department of Recreation
and Leisure Studies

(585) 395-2994

Chairperson: Edward Udd PhD, Michigan State University. Graduate Coordinator/Associate Professor: Joel L. Frater, EdD, Temple University. Professor: David L. Jewell, PhD, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, CPRP. Assistant Professor: Jim Newman, PhD, CTRS, University of Minnesota. Lecturers: Karen Bibbins, MS, CTRS, Penn State University; Arthur Graham, MS, CPRP, Eastern Kentucky University.



The department offers the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies for students interested in advanced professional study in therapeutic recreation and leisure services management. It also accommodates individuals interested in the disciplinary aspects of recreation and leisure behavior.

Brief Graduate Admissions Criteria

A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average in the undergraduate major and in the total undergraduate degree program is required for regular admission (matriculation) into the Master of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies program. Students who fail to meet this standard but who show potential for success in graduate work, may, at the discretion of the faculty, be offered conditional admission. GRE scores are recommended, but not required.

Applicants without undergraduate degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies may be required to complete baccalaureate-level prerequisite course work in Recreation and Leisure Studies to qualify for matriculation into the Recreation and Leisure Studies graduate program.

All applicants must submit three letters of recommendation. They are reviewed in terms of the writer's responses to questions asked on the recommendation form. Finally, all applicants must complete the critical analysis writing exercise, which determines writing competence in order to be considered for admission into the program.

Recreation and Leisure professionals who are committed to the public sector may wish to explore SUNY Brockport's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. A unique Recreation Management Specialization within the MPA has been designed for those professionals who want to "keep their fingers" in REL while pursuing a career path in city management or human resources administration.

Minimum Requirements for MS in Recreation and Leisure

Recreation and Leisure Studies Graduate Core2: 24 Credits

  MTH 541 Statistical Methods I or equivalent
  REL 600 Philosophical Analysis of Leisure
  REL 602 Social and Psychological Analysis of Leisure Behavior
  REL 610 Advanced Program Design and Evaluation
  REL 715 Seminar: Research Design
  REL 796 Internship in Administration2
  Guided Graduate Elective
  REL 797 Research Project
  REL 798 Thesis
  Two additional graduate REL courses
Therapeutic Recreation Emphasis3: 6 Credits
  REL 612 Assessment and Evaluation of TR Services
  REL 613 Administration of TR Services
Recreation and Leisure Services Management Emphasis4: 6 Credits
  REL 514 Planning, Design and Management of Recreation and Leisure Facilities
  REL 605 Problems in the Administration of Leisure Service Organizations

Guided Graduate Elective: 3 Credits
A minimum of one graduate course related to either the core or the area of emphasis is chosen with the approval of the academic advisor.

Computer Literacy
If the applicant lacks computer competence as demonstrated by the successful completion of a course in microcomputer applications or proof of work experience in word processing, spread sheets, or presentation software, then as a deficiency, the applicant is required to complete an undergraduate course in computer literacy. Or, by advisement, the applicant may be allowed to enroll in a graduate-level introductory computer course.

Graduate Program Policies

1Graduates of SUNY Brockport's undergraduate program in REL may not enroll in any 500-level courses previously completed at the 400-level during their undergraduate studies.

2Students without a BA/BS in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an internship in adminis- tration or who have not had two years of experience in recreation and leisure service manage- ment must complete the graduate internship. Students who do satisfactorily meet these con- ditions, in consultation with their academic advisor, must then select another course at the 500 level or higher to satisfy the degree requirements.

3Students must satisfy at least one area of emphasis in either therapeutic recreation or recreation and leisure services management. Students may choose to complete both areas of emphasis.

4Same as footnote 3.Graduate Program Policies


Recreation and Leisure Courses

REL 502 Current Leisure Problems and Issues. Identifies and analyzes current leisure trends, problems, and issues that affect both the therapeutic and managerial segments of the leisure services profession. Focuses on the concerns of the present and their implications for the future delivery of leisure and therapeutic recreation programs, services, and treatments. 3 Cr.

REL 506 Leisure and Aging. Examines various aspects of aging as they relate to leisure in contemporary society, leisure needs of mature adults, services for elderly, and leisure pursuits in the subculture of aging. 3 Cr.

REL 507 Methods in Therapeutic Recreation. Covers applications of the therapeutic recreation process (assessment, planning, implementing, and evaluating) to planning comprehensive therapeutic programs in health and human-service settings. Focuses on clinical documentation and professional accountability. Requires field work. 3 Cr.

REL 511 Management of Leisure Resources. Provides an in-depth study of the principles of operation and management of various leisure services organization and resources. Identifies managerial problems, and examines and applies problem-solving models and techniques. 3 Cr.

REL 512 Trends and Administrative Issues in Therapeutic Recreation. Investigates how current trends and administrative issues affect the delivery and advocacy of therapeutic recreation services. Emphasizes contemporary approaches to managing changes in practice in the emerging profession of therapeutic recreation. 3 Cr.

REL 514 Planning, Design, and Management of Recreation Facilities. Applies a student's prior knowledge of recreation and leisure theory, philosophy, and programming techniques to out- door/indoor facility, planning, design and maintenance. Provides planning skills, discussion of design issues and maintenance management techniques. Emphasizes universal access. 3 Cr.

REL 590 Selected Topics in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Discusses and analyzes a specific topic in recreation and leisure studies as determined by the instructor. Emphasizes new, timely, and emerging areas of interest and concern. 3-6 Cr.

REL 599 Independent Study in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Arranged with permission of instructor-sponsor prior to registration. Includes regular meetings with instructor, significant reading, and at least one comprehensive writing project. 1-3 Cr.

REL 600 Philosophical Analysis of Leisure. Explores conceptual and philosophical foundations of leisure from the classical to the contemporary perspectives. Provides an in-depth study of selected authors and models describing the leisure phenomenon. 3 Cr.

REL 602 Social and Psychological Analysis of Leisure Behavior. Investigates the social and psychological dimensions of leisure as identified in contemporary research literature. Explores models of leisure behavior and meaning. 3 Cr.

REL 605 Problems in the Administration of Leisure Service Organizations. Reviews and discusses theories, problems and issues common to the organization and administration of leisure service delivery systems. Covers the development of organizational and administrative skills needed to address such concerns. 3 Cr.

REL 610 Advanced Program Design and Evaluation. Provides an overview of conceptual bases for program design in the provision of recreation and leisure services. Reviews and discusses selected planning, marketing, and evaluation techniques and methods. 3 Cr.

REL 612 Assessment and Evaluation of TR Services. Examines current assessment and evaluation instruments and procedures used in TR. Studies in depth the validity, reliability, and practical utility issues in conceptualization, data collection methods, analysis, and interpretation in the assessment and evaluation of persons with disabilities. 3 Cr.

REL 613 Administration of TR Services. Reviews and discusses organizational and administrative theories, problems, and issues common and unique to the delivery of TR services, particularly in clinical, but also in transitional and community settings. Develops an understanding of techniques and skills used by administrators to address problems and issues. 3 Cr.

REL 715 Seminar: Research Design. Prerequisite: MTH 541 or equivalent. Provides an introduction and overview of established and emerging approaches to leisure research. Emphasizes conceptualization, design, data collection techniques, and interpretation of results. 3 Cr.

REL 796 Internship in Administration. Prerequisites: REL 600, 602 and 715, and instructor's permission. Provides a directed internship in an approved leisure-service organization and in a setting compatible with the student's professional direction. Entails the application of organizational, administrative, and evaluative skills at the selected site. 3 Cr.

REL 797 Research Project. Allows for the preparation and completion of an individual research project culminating in a significant written report and an oral defense of the project and report. Is conducted under the supervision of a committee of at least two graduate faculty members, one of whom is the project chairperson. 3-6 Cr.

REL 798 Thesis. Allows for the preparation and completion of a substantial original research investigation culminating in a master's thesis and an oral defense of the investigation and thesis. Is completed under the direction of a committee of at least two graduate faculty members, one of whom is the thesis chairperson. 3-6 Cr.

  The information in this publication was current as of December 2002 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at for current information.