Master of Science Degree in Recreation Services and Interventions (RSI)

For those ready to take the next step in their professional career development, the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies offers a master of science degree (36-39 sh) in recreation services and interventions with two concentrations – recreation and park administration (RPA) and recreational therapy administration (RTA).The program is designed for individuals employed in or seeking employment in a diverse range of settings. The concentration in recreation and park administration prepares students for positions in multiple settings including community parks and recreation, recreation resource management, recreation sports management, and travel and tourism. The concentration in recreational therapy administration provides advanced education for clinical, administrative, and research positions in recreational therapy and healthcare-related careers. Individuals pursuing the RTA concentration who do not meet national certification requirements upon admission will be required to take supplemental course work while enrolled in the graduate program.

Apply to Graduate School

The RCLS Department offers several graduate assistant positions to support students' educational goals. Graduate Assistants commonly work as teaching assistants, research assistants, as leaders of special projects, or classroom instructors.

For more information about the MS degree and graduate assistantships, please contact:

Dr. David Loy, CTRS/LRT
Graduate Director
2405 Carol G. Belk Building
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(252) 328-2718


RCLS educates tomorrow's leaders in recreation, parks, tourism, and recreational therapy as well as provides scholarship and leadership to the region, state, and nation.


To be the model professional education and training program of the nation through scholarship, innovation, technical assistance, and outreach thereby helping learners to develop the necessary competencies, interpersonal skills, and critical thinking to lead the professions in the coming decades.


RCLS holds the following core values, which serve as the foundation for where we place our priorities in terms of teaching, scholarship, and service.