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Graduate Degree

MS - Art Therapy Counseling

Our program is one of only a handful in the central U.S. 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.

Site

Emporia Main Campus

Credit hours

60 credit hours

Program description

Art Therapy is a human service profession that utilizes art media, images, the creative art process and patient/client responses to the created productions as reflections of an individual’s development, abilities, personality, interests, concerns, and conflicts. Our two-year degree program results in a Master of Science in Art Therapy Counseling.

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.

The Department of Counselor Education also offers the unique option culminating in candidates earning two graduate degrees through this program through our dual degree programs.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs/Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (CAAHEP/ACATE) as well as Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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 generally enter the program in the fall semester but  may elect to begin the program in other enrollment periods (spring and summer) to either eliminate prerequisites or to pick up non-sequence courses. However, beginning in spring will result in a minimum of 2.5 years for degree completion, but course load will be slightly lighter.

View the program requirements here (pdf).