MASTERS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS 

The American Art Therapy Association encourages you to consider either an AATA-approved or CAAHEP-accredited program.

Both types of quality art therapy masters programs undergo a rigorous review process, which ensures their resources, curriculum, faculty, and policies will meet your learning needs and prepare you for future board certification. Graduates from either approved or accredited programs use the same process when seeking to become Registered Art Therapists. Learn more about approved and accredited programs.

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Explore all art therapy masters programs that have undergone a quality review. 

Graduates from either approved or accredited programs use the same process when seeking to become Registered Art Therapists.

CAAHEP ACCREDITED GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

Online/Hybrid

To view all options, including fully online AND ALSO hybrid options which offer majority online supplemented by a few weeks of on-campus time, once you click on the “View Programs” link below, you must select “Accredited” from the drop-down menu of this search directory link.  Selecting only the second option of “accredited online” will NOT take you to a full list of options.
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AATA APPROVED GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

California

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: 415-485-3280
Contact: Amy Backos, PhD, ATR-BC
Email: amy.backos@dominican.edu
Program 1: Marriage and Family Therapy with Specialization in Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1986 Program 2: Art Therapy
Program 2 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 2: Approved
Initial Approval Program 2: 1986

Illinois

Adler University
17 North Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-662-4362
Contact: Dr. Jennifer La Civita, PsyD, LCPC, ATR, Director, Art Therapy Programs Email: jlacivita@adler.edu
Program 1: Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1999

New York

Pratt Institute 
North Hall, 200 Willoughby Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718-399-4267
Fax: 718-636-3597
Contact: Elim Mak, MPS, LCAT, ATR-BC, Acting Assistant Chair/Acting Director of Art Therapy
Email: emak@pratt.edu
Website: Academic Year || Low Residency
Program 1: Art Therapy and Creativity Development
Program 1 Level: Master of Professional Studies
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: Initial Approval 1980 (Academic Year Program); Initial Approval 1994 (Low Residency Program)

Wisconsin

Mount Mary University 
Caroline Hall 228 2900 N Menomonee River Parkway Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
Phone: 414-256-1215
Fax: 414-256-1205
Contact: Chris Belkofer, PhD, ATR, Chair, Art Therapy Department
Email: belkofec@mtmary.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Science
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1995

Pennsylvania

Seton Hill University 
Box AR110, Seton Hill Drive ,Greensburg, PA 15601
Phone: 724-830-1140
Contact: Dana Elmendorf, MA, ATR-BC, LPC, Program Director, Assistant Professor, Graduate Art Therapy Program
Email: elmendorf@setonhill.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy with Specialization in Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 2000

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS NOT INCLUDED UNDER THE AATA APPROVAL/CAAHEP ACCREDITATION PROCESS

Because a master’s degree is the entry-level for the art therapy profession, only approved or accredited master’s programs are listed. Institutions offering art therapy undergraduate pre-professional majors or doctoral programs can be found here. Please email changes or corrections for your listing to the AATA National Office.