Recreation Management and Policy: Adaptive Sports (M.S.)

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The Adaptive Sports Option prepares professionals for middle to upper-level administrative positions within the adaptive sports sector of the field, including positions within parks and recreation departments, rehabilitation hospitals, Veteran’s Administration hospitals and outpatient clinics, non-profits agencies, public school settings, grassroots adaptive sport organizations, national and international adaptive sport organizations, and/or commercial sport and recreation providers.

The Adaptive Sports Option leverages our unique partnership with Northeast Passage, a nationally recognized TR and adaptive sports program associated with the RMP Department, and affiliate of Disabled Sports USA. Graduate students will be exposed to Northeast Passage’s Adaptive Sports and Recreation program, which offers a spectrum of services from entry-level instruction to ongoing recreation and competitive sports opportunities for people with disabilities (

The 32-33 credit Adaptive Sports Option consists of required and elective coursework. In consultation with a faculty adviser, students will select either a thesis or non-thesis track. The core curriculum combines courses in adaptive sports and recreation facilitation, program administration in sport and recreation, law and public policy, non-profit administration and leadership, fund development and grant writing, and a supervised fieldwork experience in an adaptive sports setting. Students develop research competencies through an applied project or thesis specifically tailored to adaptive sport practice. Students also take one elective course to support desired specialization.

Full-time students typically take two years and one summer session to progress through the Adaptive Sport option degree requirements. Part-time students typically complete the program in three+ years.

Required Core Competencies17
RMP 820Adaptive Sports and Recreation Facilitation3
RMP 8603
RMP 872Law and Public Policy in Leisure Services3
RMP 912Non-Profit Administration and Leadership3
RMP 924Fund Development and Grantwriting3
RMP 963Graduate Field Practicum2
Required Research Competencies6-7
RMP 998Special Topics (Research Methods)3
Select one of the following Graduate statistics' courses:
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3
EDUC 881Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making4
Capstone Course (choose 1 track)
Thesis Track
RMP 899Master's Thesis (I & II, 3 credits each)6
Non-thesis Track:
RMP 980Independent Study3
RMP 995Colloquium Seminar (Project Track:)3
Elective (not an all-inclusive list)3-4
Select one of the following:
KIN 865Advanced Topics in Coaching (highly encouraged)4
KIN 831Inclusive Teaching Through Sport4
KIN 881Inclusion in Physical Education4
OT 822Introduction to Assistive Technology4
OT 824Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities4
OT 826Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities4
COMM 914Augmentative and Alternative Communication3-4
SW 812Understanding Developmental Disabilities3
SW 897Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Mental Health Aspects of IDD)3
SW 897Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Youth Emotional Behavior)3
EDUC 852Contemporary Issues in Learning Disabilities4
EDUC #853Contemporary Issues in Behavioral Disabilities4
EDUC #854Contemporary Issues of Developmental Disabilities4
EDUC #855Facilitating Social Understanding and Relationships for Students with Disabilities2
EDUC 856Supporting Families of Individuals with Exceptionalities4
EDUC 857Contemporary Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders4