Art Therapy or Counseling – Graduate Certificate – Admissions Requirements

Art Therapy or Counseling Post-Graduate Certificate: How to Apply to Marylhurst

These certificate are designed for applicants with a master’s or doctoral degree in a related field who are not seeking a second master’s degree, but are seeking professional preparation in art therapy and counseling. If at any point you have questions, please reach out us. We’re happy to help: or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

Marylhurst’s Art Therapy Counseling program accepts new applicants each year to start in the upcoming fall term. We request that you submit your completed application by Jan. 31. Later applications are accepted and considered on a case-by-case basis.

Art Therapy or Counseling Certificate: Admissions Requirements

Because you are applying to a post-graduate program at Marylhurst, we require that you hold a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. For the Art Therapy certificate, your master’s should be in a counseling-related field, like social work.  For the Counseling certificate, your master’s should be in art therapy.

If you maintain a G.P.A. lower than 3.0, you will need to take and submit Miller Analogies Test or GRE scores.

Amanda Stover – Graduate Admissions Counselor

“Continuing your education and furthering your professional skills is key to lifelong success within the Art Therapy and Counseling field.  Marylhurst Art Therapy Counseling post-graduate certificates offer coursework that keeps you current, grows you as a therapists and expands your abilities within the field. I am here to help you navigate the admissions process. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need assistance.”

Contact Information

Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the Art Therapy or Counseling certificate program. Please review the list carefully and, if at any point, you have questions, we’re here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application. Select either Art Therapy certificate or Counseling certificate under the program of study.
    Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Resume, including experience working with people (300 volunteer or paid hours)
    • Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
    • Recommendations
    • Art portfolio
    • Statement of Intent
    • Miller Analogies Test or GRE scores are required only if you maintain a G.P.A. below 3.0.

Interview with Department Faculty
Once you submit your application documents, we’ll schedule an interview with qualified applicants. This is your chance to discuss your goals and expectations of the program with department faculty.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must be received by Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope or through approved electronic means from the originating institution. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via a secure delivery service such as National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

We really simplified this process. All you will need are the names and contact information (email) for your recommenders. In the online application, you will be prompted to input their information. This sends your recommenders an email with directions on how to submit their recommendation letter. Easy, right?

Statement of Intent (Counseling certificate only)
This is a short (one-to-two pages) statement in which we want to know why you are interested in pursuing this certificate at Marylhurst. Consider sharing your career aspirations or personal goals.  We just want to know a little more about you and your motivations for going back to school. View the complete instructions.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)/GRE
If you maintain a GPA below a 3.0, you have the option to take either the MAT and earn a minimum score of 398 or the GRE scoring above the 50% percentile. Please request your scores be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Marylhurst University. Plan to take the test early, as it can take a few weeks for the results to reach us. For general information and test locations, visit for information on the MAT or for information on the GRE. Test scores should be no older than 5 years to be considered with your application.

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

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