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 and other experiences 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. Therapists also help facilitate integration and inclusion for people with disabilities into all aspects of society. The foundational business courses provided by the therapeutic recreation and management program at BYU Marriott prepare students for upward mobility into leadership positions in healthcare and other related fields 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).

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. They are also well prepared for leadership and management roles in healthcare and other related fields and also prepared for challenging graduate programs in a variety of disciplines.

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. As a faculty our 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 meaningful experiences and wholesome recreation play in the well-being of individuals, families, organizations, 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.