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The Master of Science in Human Sciences in the College of Health and Human Sciences offers a broad, interdisciplinary program, preparing students for careers in exercise, nutrition, recreation, and sport professions. The program leads to a Master of Science in Human Sciences degree with three concentrations in Exercise Science, Nutrition and Dietetics*, and Sport and Recreation Administration. In addition, the fourth concentration is an Interdisciplinary concentration that allows students to create a program of study specific to their career goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours including a research core, a professional development course, and concentration-specific courses. The research core requires 3 credit hours of research methods, 3 credit hours of statistics or analytics, and 3-6 credit hours of a culminating project. For the culminating projects students will choose from one of four options: thesis, research paper, professional development project, or internship. If the thesis or research project option is selected, submission of the completed paper must comply with the rules of the Graduate School. Additional requirements for the degree are specific to the respective concentrations of Exercise Science, Nutrition and Dietetics, Sport and Recreation Administration, and Interdisciplinary. All students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (4.0 point scale) grade point average and earn a C or better in all graduate-level classes to be eligible to graduate.

All students must submit a Program of Study with a Graduate Faculty member in the first semester of graduate school.  All Program of Study forms will be approved by the Graduate Program Committee prior to the beginning of the second semester of graduate school.

Master of Science (M.S.) in Human Sciences

Required Courses

Human Sciences Core (9 - 12 credit hours)

  • KIN 500: Research Methods (3 CH)
  • PH 513: Analytics (3 CH)
  • Variable: Culminating Project (3-6 CH)

Professional Development

  • SHUS 503: Human Sciences Seminar (1 CH)

Select One Of The Following Concentrations:

Exercise Science Concentration (12-15 credit hours of KIN graduate courses; an additional 2-6 credit hours of approved courses are also required)

Interdisciplinary Concentration (17-20 credit hours of human sciences approved course work)

*Nutrition and Dietetics Concentration (17-20 credit hours)

  1. Nutrition & Dietetics: 12 credit hours from approved FN courses and additional 5-8 elective credit hours are also required.
  2. Nutrition & Dietetics and Dietetic Internship*: 12 credit hours from approved FN/HND courses; 9 hours supervised practice (FN 580A, FN 580B, FN 580C).

To be eligible for admission into the Nutrition & Dietetics with Dietetic Internship program, students need a Verification Statement for having completed a Didactic Program in Dietetics issued by an ACEND®-accredited program director. Admission to the Dietetics Internship program is separate from admission to the SIU Graduate School, please see the Dietetic Internship Coordinator for information on admission to this program. The Master of Science Degree in Human Sciences with a concentration in Nutrition and Dietetics with the Dietetic Internship Program is designed to provide advanced study in nutrition and dietetics and provide a minimum of 1000 hours of supervised practice (dietetic internship). Students who successfully complete the M.S. in Human Sciences’ coursework and a minimum of 1000 hours of the accredited dietetic internship must be verified by the program director to then be eligible to take the registration examination for dietitians. The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) sets Standards of Education for entry-level dietetics education. ACEND® is the only accrediting agency for dietetics education programs recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE).  Continued recognition by the USDE since 1974 affirms that ACEND® is a reliable authority as to the quality of dietetics education program that it accredits. Programs accredited by ACEND® meet the education requirements established by Commission of Dietetic Registration (CDR). The Dietetic Internship program at SIU has been granted accreditation through 2028 by ACEND®.

Sport and Recreation Administration Concentration (17-20 credit hours of KIN, REC, or other approved courses)

Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy

Enhance your knowledge and skills in the dynamic field of Recreation Therapy (Therapeutic Recreation).

Overview/Program Highlights

The Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy Graduate (Post-Baccalaureate) Certificate prepares students to help maintain and improve the quality of life and general health of individuals and society by creating, discovering, and disseminating knowledge through service in the profession. The certificate meets the majority of the academic requirements for National Certification as a Recreation Therapist. Students seeking National Certification should meet with recreation professions faculty to verify specific coursework required.

Academic Requirements

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy will require 15-18 credit hours of coursework selected from the courses listed below (at least 50% of certificate hours must be earned in courses numbered 500 or above). Students may select course options that meet the academic requirements aligned for preparation of NCTRC certification testing or opt for an individualized plan that aligns with their career goals.

  • REC 404: Foundations of Recreational Therapy (3 CH)
  • REC 405: RT Implementation: Cognitive, Intellectual, and Developmental Disabilities (3 CH)
  • REC 406: RT Implementation: Physical Disorders & Chronic Illness (3 CH)
  • REC 407: RT Implementation: Psychiatric & Behavioral (3 CH)
  • REC 460: Administration of Recreational Therapy Services (3 CH)
  • REC 461: Assessment and Documentation for Recreational Therapy (3 CH)
  • REC 524: Professional Skills in Recreational Therapy (3 CH)
  • REC 525: Program Design in Recreational Therapy Practice (3 CH)
  • REC 526: Recreational Therapy Practice Settings (3 CH)
  • REC 580: Readings in Recreation (1-3 CH)
  • REC 596: Internship in Recreational Therapy (3 CH)

Admissions Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Therapeutic Recreation/Recreation Therapy is open to post-bachelor level students who meet the criteria for admission to the SIU Graduate School. Students should have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and complete a program application

Accelerated Master's Program

The accelerated M.S. in Human Sciences allows motivated and high achieving students to complete a program leading to completion of an undergraduate degree and Master of Science degree in Human Sciences in five years in a specific concentration area (e.g., Exercise Science, Nutrition, Sport & Recreation Administration). Nine credit hours are double counted toward an undergraduate and a master’s degree. Students will apply for the accelerated program in their junior year.