Art Therapy Program

  • Degree: Baccalaureate degree. teacher at table

  • GPA: 3.0 or above.

  • Personal resume.

  • Letters of recommendation: Three letters of recommendation required, preferably addressing your work in human services, community, or mental health.

  • Personal statement: This one- to three-page typed essay, considered an autobiography, is intended to serve as a writing sample as well as telling us more about you.

  • Prerequisites: 18 credits in studio art courses demonstrating range of media; 12 credits in psychology, including mandatory courses in developmental psychology and abnormal psychology. Behavioral research methods course recommended.

  • Art portfolio: Portfolio of 10–15 works of art by applicant that demonstrates facility with range of media and personal understanding of creative process. Portfolio will be reviewed with applicant as part of interview.

  • Interview: In-depth in-person interview will be conducted by program faculty. Interview consists of review of personal academic interpersonal and creative aptitudes of applicant and includes portfolio review. For international applicants, a videotaped presentation, DVD, or live video chat may be substituted for in-person interview. 

    Interview and portfolio presentation in admission process mirrors the creation and discussion of personal artwork that occurs in classes. This type of learning is essential to education of the art therapist and focuses on exploration and experience of the depth and dimension of the human condition as expressed in the art process. 

Additional requirements for international applicants

  • Transcript evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services, 212-966-6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087.

  • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information, visit the Web site:, then click on TOEFL.

  • I-20/DS-2019 and supporting financial documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit I-20 application form (PDF).

Admission deadlines

The first deadline for admission is January 15 of the year in which applicants would like to begin program (e.g., January 15, 2010 for fall 2010 term). This is an early admission deadline. Those who apply by this deadline will be considered first for admission into program.

Applications are also accepted after the January 15 date based on a rolling admissions policy. This means that it is also possible to be accepted into program after January 15, assuming openings remain in incoming class.

Note: Due to number of applicants each year in the Art Therapy Program, we do not schedule an interview with every candidate. Once a given file becomes complete, program directors will use its components to determine if an interview is necessary. Having a complete application is the most important step!