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

https://chhs.unh.edu/recreation-management-policy/program/ms/recreation-management-policy-adaptive-sports

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 Chapter of Move United. 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 (www.nepassage.org).

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 Competencies
RMP 820Adaptive Sports and Recreation Facilitation3
RMP 860Program Administration in Recreational Sport3
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 Competencies
RMP 992Research Methods in Recreation Management and Policy3
SW 962Data Analysis and Statistics3-4
or EDUC 881 Introduction to Statistics: Inquiry, Analysis, and Decision Making
Capstone Course (choose 1 track)6
Thesis Track:
Master's Thesis (Sections I & II - 6 credits total)
Non-thesis Track:
Independent Study
Colloquium Seminar
Select one of the following Electives (not an all-inclusive list)3
Contemporary Issues in Learning Disabilities
Advocating for Diverse and Inclusive Family-School-Community Partnerships
Contemporary Issues in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Advanced Topics in Coaching (highly encouraged)
Inclusion in Physical Education
Introduction to Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology and Physical Disabilities
Assistive Technology and Sensory, Communicative, and Cognitive Disabilities
Understanding Developmental Disabilities
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Mental Health Aspects of IDD)
Special Topics in Social Work and Social Welfare (Youth Emotional Behavior)
Total Credits32-33
  • Students will know the roles and interrelationships of diverse leisure service delivery systems, as well as professionalism in the discipline.
  • Students will know and apply the psychological, sociological, and social psychological theories and philosophies associated with leisure and recreation behavior.
  • Students will develop the ability to translate and apply relevant theory to park and recreation programs and services.
  • Students will know the historical and cultural perspectives associated with the park and recreation field, and will apply issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to park and recreation management.
  • Students will apply financial, budgetary, planning, marketing, program evaluation, and human resource knowledge and skills to meet present and future organizational needs and challenges.
  • Students will implement leadership skills that advance the park and recreation profession and broader society.
  • Students will design and conduct research, analyze and interpret data, and apply research findings to the park and recreation profession.
  • Students will explore the interrelationships of allied professions with the park and recreation profession.
  • Students will know how to promote the benefits of recreation and leisure to enhance individual, social, economic, and environmental well-being and quality of life.
  • Students will demonstrate effective conceptual and technical communication skills, both in oral and written form.