2023-24 Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-24 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department

Susan Wilson, chair
Kenneth Cohen, graduate coordinator
Jacqueline Dyke, online therapeutic recreation graduate coordinator
Professional Studies Building, Room 2213
Fax: 607-753-5982
Email: rpls@cortland.edu

School of Professional Studies


Kenneth Cohen, Jacqueline Dyke, N. Qwynne Lackey, Jason Page, Mark Roark, Sharon Todd, Esther VanGorder, Susan Wilson, Anderson Young

Adjunct Faculty

For a listing of adjunct faculty see the Faculty and Administration section of this catalog.

Degrees and Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Recreation  


Management of Leisure Services
Outdoor and Environmental Education
Therapeutic Recreation (offered on campus and online)

Advanced Certificate

Therapeutic Recreation Online Graduate Certificate Program  

Departmental Information

The Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies Department at SUNY Cortland is the most comprehensive professional preparation program of its kind in New York state. Established in 1948, SUNY Cortland's department also is one of the oldest and most highly respected programs in the United States. Many of the most distinguished scholars and professionals in the recreation field began their careers by studying here. The curriculum further prepares students for a wide variety of career opportunities in outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation and recreation management in diverse settings and agencies.

Special Features

  • Very bright job market for recreation graduates, as predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor and as evidenced by the high employment rate (over 90 percent) of our graduates
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty committed to students
  • Opportunities for research in areas such as outdoor recreation, therapeutic recreation and recreation management
  • Internship experience
  • The Annual Cortland Recreation Conference — one of the premier recreation conferences in the Northeast, planned and implemented by students
  • Environmental and Outdoor Education Center in the Adirondacks
  • Direct credit agreement with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
  • Home to the Inclusive Recreation Resource Center and the Coalition for Education in the Outdoors 
  • Opportunities for international study
  • Graduate assistantships, available on a competitive basis



Advanced Certificate