M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling

Earn an M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst

The Master of Art (M.A.) in Art Therapy Counseling program prepares you for a career as a professional mental health practitioner. Our students learn to integrate creative process within clinical practice in a therapeutic setting, conduct assessments, make diagnoses, and facilitate individual, group and family art therapy. Graduates of the art therapy counseling program are positively impacting lives within communities across the nation.

In this traditionally two-year master’s program, our students have the flexibility to move at a slower pace and earn their degree in two-to-four years in accordance with their individual scheduling needs.

Marylhurst’s graduate program in art therapy counseling is approved by the American Art Therapy Association and recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors as a source of continuing education for counselors.

Marylhurst’s Art Therapy Counseling Program ranked #4 in the Nation

Curriculum integrates art therapy studies with counseling and psychology coursework so you will have the option of earning dual credentials. You will take sequential coursework and complete fieldwork during the first portion of the program, and devote your final year primarily to a clinical practicum serving children, adolescents, adults or a combination of age groups. Annual cohorts begin fall term, and full-time students can complete the degree in 21 months. You also may choose to pursue the program part-time.

Graduates of the M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling program meet the educational requirements necessary to obtain licensure as a professional counselor in Oregon and many other states across the nation. As a graduate, you will also find yourself prepared to earn credentials as a board-certified art therapist and national board-certified counselor.

Art Therapists are employed within diverse health-related industries. View the career opportunities available to you.

  • Current graduate tuition for the Art Therapy Counseling program is $628 per credit. Most courses are three or four credits.
  • The Art Therapy Counseling program is 90 credits in length for an approximate total program cost (based on current tuition) of $56,520.

Marylhurst has little-to-no fees (so there are no surprises) and offers extensive financial aid management services and help, including scholarship opportunities. On average, full-time students complete the M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling degree in 21 months. Part-time study is also available.

  • The M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling program is now accepting inquiries and applicants for 2018.

Review admissions requirements, application deadlines and the process to formally apply to this graduate program at Marylhurst University.

Learn from Marylhurst’s exceptional faculty, made up of board certified registered art therapists and licensed clinical professional counselors. Faculty such as Mary Andrus, Assistant Professor and Program Director for Art Therapy Counseling, contribute experience serving diverse populations in various environments including hospitals, mental health communities and therapeutic schools to develop students into well-rounded mental health practitioners and ethical leaders.

Take a short workshop (or two) to see if the Art Therapy profession is for you. Marylhurst offers workshops in art therapy that allow you explore this career field. Topics include Art Therapy in the Schools, Understanding Children’s Art, Art Therapy and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and more. Plus, you can earn continuing education credit – especially if you’re a current teacher.

  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Small class sizes with renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Team-orientated coursework with opportunities to network and form connections
  • Beautiful classroom environment located on our tranquil campus
  • More than 122-year history of academic excellence

Join Marylhurst Art Therapy Counseling faculty for an Open Studio held the first Tuesday of every month. 

The Open Studio is designed to be a nonjudgmental space, where you can explore making art to release stress and find new meaning in your life. This event is open to anyone who is interested in using art to know self. No previous experience with art making is necessary. Learn more.

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