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Art Therapy - Counselor Education

Art Therapy Counseling Program

"Our degree name has changed to reflect licensure needs of our students and graduates as they enter the exciting and fulfilling field of art therapy."


The mission of the ESU Graduate Art Therapy Program is to prepare exceptional graduates who think purposefully, creatively, and ethically about the psychological constructs involved in the art making and reflection processes. We strive to inspire professional art therapists who will advance art therapy theory, practice, and research, and provide service to those in need. The program is one of only a handful in the central United States that is approved by the American Art Therapy Association. By maintaining a low student-to-faculty ratio, the Art Therapy program provides quality individual attention and helps to meet the needs of the increasingly diverse student body. Our faculty combines strengths in clinical experience with diverse populations, research skills, fine arts training, state and national professional service, and international networking to offer students an exemplary art therapy education.

Degree Candidacy

In addition to the requirements of the Office of Graduate Studies and Research, you must be a degree candidate before enrolling in thesis, practicum, internship, or sitting for the comprehensive exam.

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Length of Program

The M.S. in Art Therapy Counseling is designed to be completed in two academic years, but part-time students are welcome. Students enter the program in the fall semester and can use other enrollment periods (spring and summer) to either eliminate background prerequisites or to pick up non-sequence courses. Students with background deficiencies should plan extra time to complete degree requirements.

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