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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MA in Art Therapy Counseling must have a bachelor's degree and meet the following requirements:

  • 27 credits* in art distributed among painting, drawing and sculpture
  • 18 credits* in psychology: Four upper-division courses — Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Counseling, Human Development and Theories of Personality — and 6 credits* of general psychology
  • 3.0 GPA on transcript
  • Supervised human services experience

In addition to these requirements, applicants must submit:

Required Materials

  • Marylhurst University Application to the Department of Art Therapy Counseling
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A chronological résumé
  • A brief autobiography
  • A slide portfolio
  • Three confidential recommendations
  • Essay
  • Problem response
  • Miller Analogies Test scores
  • Proof of measles immunization form  - required for students taking 9 or more credits per term (download form)


Preparatory Undergraduate Programs

Individuals without a bachelor's degree may choose to enroll in one of three preparatory art therapy undergraduate programs:

Each program is designed to prepare students for graduate-level studies in art therapy counseling.


*Credits are based on a quarter system.

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