Why choose Recreation?

Recreation focuses on the use of recreation and leisure experiences to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, illnesses and other limitations.

On January 16, 2019 our Dalhousie Therapeutic Recreation Program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) on the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Recreational Therapy Education. The Dalhousie Therapeutic Recreation program is the first to be accredited in Canada.

Our program is one of just a few in Canada that offers a four-year degree while preparing you to write an exam for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS). We provide you with the theoretical and practical skills to succeed in a highly challenging and rewarding career.

Since we only accept approximately 25 students each year, class sizes are very small and you have the opportunity to work closely with faculty and fellow students. You’ll be able to make important connections that will remain long after graduation. The School of Health and Human Performance’s (HAHP) interprofessional approach to learning means you’ll take a series of HAHP classes with your peers in the school’s three other programs—Health Promotion, Kinesiology, and Recreation Management—as well as courses with students in other Health Professions programs.

At the end of your fourth year, you’ll do a 16-week internship under the supervision of a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Not only will it help you expand your professional network, it will allow you to gain confidence and hands-on experience in a professional setting.

Program details

Bachelor of Science Recreation (BScR-TR)

Program Options

  • Major (4 years)
  • Honours (4 years)
  • The program prepares students to write the certification exam of the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC) to become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS).


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • 4 additional university preparatory courses

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • March 1 - Deadline for scholarship consideration for fall semester
  • April 1 - International students (except USA)
  • June 1 - All Canadian and American applications

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Approximately 25 students are admitted to the Therapeutic Recreation program each year.
  • Most core classes range from 20 to 40 students.
  • Certain introductory classes are in other disciplines and are therefore larger.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with an off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • meal plans
  • dorm-style traditional residences
  • apartment-style, non-traditional
  • off-campus housing