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MS - Art Therapy (Post Master's)


MS - Art Therapy (Post Master's)

Do you already have a master's degree? The post-master’s Master of Science in Art Therapy is designed for professionals already holding a master’s degree in a related master's licensed field, such as social work or counseling, who would like to pursue a dual identity as an art therapist.


More information on applying

To pursue the abbreviated post-master’s MS in Art Therapy, you need to apply through ESU's Graduate School before your information is evaluated for admittance by the Counselor Education program.

You need to complete all necessary admission requirements prior to enrolling in courses.

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

Completed graduate school application online;

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

Official transcripts showing an earned master's degree in a mental health field 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 online application;

Three references, at least one from a current or former psychology professor. Reference forms are available online, however, letters are preferred;

Invited interviews 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 Art Therapy Counseling program application online or by contacting the Counselor Education Department at 620-341-5220.

Applicants interested in the dual program with Clinical Counseling or Psychology must complete a separate application.

Prerequisites of 12 semester hours of psychology to include Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology (at the undergraduate or graduate level), and graduate coursework in psychology, counseling, or social work in content areas which include group process, appraisal and assessment, family and relationships, ethics, multicultural practice, crisis, trauma, careers, etc. The Committee will review content areas and may ask for course syllabi;

18 credit hours of studio art coursework; and,

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

All qualified applicants to Counselor Education receive equal consideration for admission, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, gender, familial or parental status, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, religious or non-religious beliefs, age, disability, military or veteran status, or socioeconomic status. ESU provides accommodations to applicants with disabilities, as requested from Student Accessibility & Support Services. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


30 credit hours

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


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


*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?

You may already have a master’s degree in a related master's licensed field, such as social work or counseling, who would like to pursue a dual identity as an art therapist. Our post-master's degree is part of our Art Therapy programs and, as such, is part of the oldest continually running art therapy master's program not just in the US, but in the world.

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Art Therapy and Clinical Psychology are programs 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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Emporia, KS 66801

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