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

  Top-Ranked Nationally

Marylhurst’s Art Therapy Counseling Program is recognized as a leader in educating esteemed licensed art therapists across the country. In fact, Marylhurst’s Art Therapy Counseling Program has been ranked #4 in the Nation. (BestCounselingDegrees.net)

  Next Opportunity to Start

  • Fall Term 2018 – Classes begin September 24
  • Apply early for priority consideration.
Go to the Online Application

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 that immerses you within the diverse populations served by art therapists, including children, adolescents, adults or a combination of age groups. Learn more about Marylhurst’s experiential curriculum.

  Complete a practicum during the first portion of the program

  Devote your final year primarily to a clinical internship

View the Full Curriculum

Why Choose Marylhurst’s Art Therapy Counseling Program

Accreditation icon

Marylhurst University is regionally accredited by NWCCU and has been approved by NBCC as a Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4465.

Study directly with renowned licensed and practicing art therapists. Marylhurst faculty expose students to the local and national art therapy communities and lead advocacy work to advance the art therapy profession.

Scholarship Opportunities

Marylhurst graduate students qualify for financial aid and scholarships. Designated advisers are available to help students take advantage of available funding options.

Career Opprtunities

Study as an art therapist in team-orientated classes with opportunities to network and form connections. Collaborative cohorts offer each student support within the community.

Art Therapy Counseling students benefit from private art studio space on the university’s picturesque, accessible campus – just 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon (with free parking).

Choose to pursue a two-year or three-year curriculum track with respect for your individual responsibilities and scheduling needs.

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.

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.

Rachel Dixon - Marylhurst

“Marylhurst provides dedicated art therapy graduate admission counselors to help you navigate the application process. Art therapy faculty are eager to meet with you and learn about your interest in this helping-profession. Graduate admissions counselors offer assistance in completing the online application, provide helpful introductions to program faculty and immediately connect you to the Marylhurst community.”

~ Rachel Dixon, Director of Admissions

Cost of the Program

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.

Compared to other top-ranked art therapy programs, Marylhurst offers affordability in a highly regarded program.

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.

Welcome to the Marylhurst Art Therapy Counseling Community

Marylhurst University

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.

art therapy counseling open studio

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.

Request More Information

Next opportunity to start is Fall 2018. Apply by January 31 to secure your spot.

Ready to further discuss whether or not the Marylhurst M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling is right for you? Connect with one of our graduate admissions counselors who can answer your questions, email you more information and share steps to get started.

Or, Explore the M.A. in Art Therapy Counseling Further