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Dual Degree - Art Therapy & Clinical Counseling: Addictions Counseling Concentration


Dual Degree - Art Therapy & Clinical Counseling: Addictions Counseling Concentration

The master's in clinical counseling prepares you to serve individuals and families experiencing a range of social justice and wellness concerns. The Addictions Counseling Concentration focuses on how practitioners can explore the reasons why the addiction happened such as the behavior and the motivations of the person.


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To pursue a master's degree in Clinical Counseling application through the Graduate School is required prior to being evaluated for admittance by the Department of Counselor Education. Applicants should complete all of the necessary admission requirements prior to their initial enrollment in courses.

An admissions committee composed of faculty members will consider the following criteria in deciding whether or not to recommend an applicant for admission:

Completed graduate school application online;

Official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally (or equivalent) accredited institution.

Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours, and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;

Writing style and content of program application;

Education and employment history: Please mention any volunteer or work experience with special populations in the online application;

Three references, at least one from a current or former supervisor if relevant. Reference forms are available at the Graduate School website, however, letters are preferred;

Invited interview with faculty for selected applications. Interviews may be conducted in person or via distance technology;

Attitudinal and behavioral attributes deemed conducive to success in the program and discipline;

Completed Clinical Counseling graduate student application or contact the Counselor Education Department at 620-341-5220; and,

Prerequisite of, or concurrent enrollment in, Abnormal Psychology.

Additional admissions requirements for dual curriculum Art Therapy Counseling and Clinical Counseling applicants:

Completed Art Therapy Counseling graduate student application or contact the Counselor Education Department at 620-341-5220; and

Prerequisite of 12 semester hours of psychology to include Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology;

18 hours of studio art coursework; and,

Electronic portfolio with 15-20 examples of artwork demonstrating competence with a range of media.

Required application materials

Graduate School Application

Upon filling out the application, one has the choice to choose a concentration to supplement their Master's Degree. If one does not desire to choose a concentration, then leave that section blank on the application.

Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended

Departmental application


Copy of government-issued ID

Three reference forms

Submitting Application Materials

The following items must be provided/completed at the time of application submission through the Application Portal:

*Unofficial bachelor's degree transcript


*Departmental application located within the Graduate School application

*Copy of government-issued ID

*Three references or the names and emails of three recommenders

Official transcripts

Students must submit official bachelor’s degree transcripts containing at least 60 credit hours of coursework and final grades. Any additional transcripts from college credit accumulated after the bachelor’s degree MUST be submitted if you will be using these credits for transfer credit or for last 60 GPA. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive in the Graduate Office in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or are received through a secure electronic transcript service to

If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

Emporia State University
Graduate School

Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415

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Why ESU?

ESU is home to the oldest continually running art therapy master's program not just in the US, but in the world. Our faculty are nationally known for their leadership, publications, clinical and community service.

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Art Therapy is a program of The School of Applied Health Sciences at Emporia State University.

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Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Program Director
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Carleen Dvorak, Administrator
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Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University
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Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801