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Master of Science, Art Therapy - Thesis Option


Master of Science, Art Therapy - Thesis Option

Our Art Therapy 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.

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To pursue a master's degree in Art Therapy Counseling, you need to apply through ESU's Graduate School before your information is evaluated for admittance by the Department of Counselor Education.

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;

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.

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

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.


60 credit hours

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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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Dr. Gaelynn Wolf Bordonaro, Program Director
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Carleen Dvorak, Administrator
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Mailing Address

Department of Counselor Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Campus Box 4036
Emporia, KS 66801

Physical Address

Department of Counselor Education
(on the ESU main campus)
1701 Morse Road
Visser Hall, 3rd Floor