At a Glance

Therapeutic recreation and management (TRM) students specialize in the design, delivery, evaluation and management of therapeutic and transformative experiences. TRM students primarily focus on the use of recreation as a treatment modality to help people with illnesses and disabilities improve functional behavior and quality of life while developing skills and abilities related to leisure and well-being. They accomplish this through therapeutic interventions using arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, sports, games, dance, drama, music, or community outings. Therapists also help integrate people with disabilities into society by teaching them how to use community resources and recreational activities. The foundational business courses provided by the therapeutic recreation and management program at BYU Marriott prepare students for upward mobility into leadership positions, providing a unique competitive advantage over other programs across the country.

Since 2005, the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) has ranked BYU Marriott’s therapeutic recreation and management program one of the top in the country in its preparation of students to pass the national certifying exam. This program fully prepares students to become Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

Therapeutic recreation and management students:

  • Develop a strong understanding of and belief in the power of therapeutic recreation to bless the lives of people with illnesses and disabling conditions

  • Promote social understanding and accessibility by creating programs that make all people full and equal partners in meaningful, wholesome, lifelong recreation

  • Understand the human body, mind, and spirit, with a special understanding about the impact of illness and disability on the individual

  • Successfully enter the profession by passing the NCTRC exam after completing all major coursework and a 480-hour internship with a CTRS-certified clinical supervisor

Graduates of the therapeutic recreation and management program enjoy careers as recreation therapists in a variety of settings including centers for mental, behavioral, emotional or physical rehabilitation, assisted living centers, wilderness and adventure therapy programs, parks and recreation programs, schools, community centers, long-term care facilities, youth programs, and community-based recreation programs for people with disabilities.

Department Vision

We strive to attract and educate exceptional students who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and organizations. Our faculty’s greatest desire is to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to design, deliver, and manage meaningful experiences that engage, heal, build relationships, create joy, and provide opportunities to foster growth. We believe it is our responsibility to help students prepare for and obtain high quality career opportunities. Additionally, our faculty is vibrant and respected. We seek opportunities to contribute to our related academic and professional fields through the production of high quality scholarly and outreach activities. Subsequently, we are consistently recognized as a top program in the country for scholarly productivity.

Mission Statement

We facilitate well-being and growth for individuals, families, and organizations by producing and sharing knowledge that inspires and prepares students to design, deliver, and manage meaningful experiences.

Core Values

  • We value the role wholesome recreation and meaningful experiences play in the well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
  • We care about our students and respect their human potential.
  • We are committed to the professional preparation of our students.
  • We value dynamic and experiential learning environments.
  • We strive to make meaningful contributions to both recreation and experience oriented research and practice.
  • We continue to be committed to the development of the total individual and their quality of life, including intellectual, spiritual, service, and character domains.