SELECTING A MASTER’S PROGRAM

The Art Therapy profession is in the process of transitioning from educational program approval to educational program accreditation.

Both approved and accredited art therapy programs prepare their students for entry-level skills and post-graduate certification as an art therapist.  The American Art Therapy Association encourages you to consider either an AATA approved or CAAHEP accredited program during this period of transition as both types of quality programs undergo a rigorous review process which ensures their resources, curriculum, faculty and policies are prepared to meet your learning needs.

See below for links to explore all art therapy master’s 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.

A brochure for students about accreditation can be found here.    

CAAHEP CURRENTLY 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 CURRENTLY APPROVED GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS

California

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 2444, Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Phone: 310-338-4562
Fax: 310-338-4518
Contact: Einat Metzl, PhD, LMFT, ATR-BC, Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy Emailemetzl@lmu.edu
Program 1: Marital and Family Therapy: Specialization in Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1979

Notre Dame de Namur University (formerly College of Notre Dame)
1500 Ralston Avenue, Belmont, CA 94002
Phone: 650-508-3600, 650-508-3556
Contact: Dr. Richard Carolan, EdD
Email: admiss@ndnu.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

Canada

Concordia University 
1455 de Maisonneuve Boulevard West VA 259 Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8
Phone: 514-848-2424 x4795
Fax: 514-848-4969
Contact: Mary Rawlins, Department Coordinator, Creative Arts Therapies, Faculty of Fine Arts Emailcreativeartstherapies@concordia.ca,mary.rawlins@concordia.ca
Program 1: Creative Arts Therapies
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1987

Colorado

Naropa University 
2130 Arapahoe Avenue Boulder, CO 80302
Phone: 1-800-772-6951, 303-546-3545
Fax: 303-546-3536
Contact: Michael A. Franklin, PhD, ATR-BC, Professor and Chair, Graduate Art Therapy Program and the Naropa Community Art Studio
Email: ALL admissions inquiries: admissions@naropa.edu; other: michaelf@naropa.edu
Program 1: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Concentration in Transpersonal Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1998

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 Emailjlacivita@adler.edu
Program 1: Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1999

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
37 South Wabash Avenue Chicago, IL 60603-3103
Phone: 312-899-7481
Contact: Savneet Talwar, PhD, ATR-BC, Department Chair, and Leah Gipson, MAAT, ATR-BC, Program Director
Email: arttherapy@saic.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy and Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1989

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville 
Box 1774 Edwardsville, IL 62026-1774
Phone: 618-650-3183
Contact: Megan Robb, MA, ATR-BC, Graduate Program Director
Emailmrobb@siue.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1992

Kentucky

University of Louisville  Louisville, KY 40292
Phone: 502-852-5265
Contact: Dr. Eileen Estes, Director, College of Education and Human Development, Expressive Therapies Program
Emaileileen.estes@louisville.edu Program 1: Counseling and Personnel Services with Concentration in Expressive Therapies Program 1 Level: Master of Education
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1981

Massachusetts

Lesley University 
GSASS Expressive Therapies Division 29 Everett Street Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-349-8246
Fax: 617-349-8431
Contact: Raquel Stephenson, BFA, MA, PhD, ATR-BC, Assistant Professor of Expressive Therapies
Emailrstephe3@lesley.edu
Program1: Expressive Therapies: Art Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
Program Level 1: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1982

Springfield College 
Visual and Performing Arts Department 263 Alden Street Springfield, MA 01109-3797
Phone: 413-748-3752
Fax: 413-748-3580
Contact: Simone Alter-Muri, EdD, ATR-BC, Director, Graduate Art Therapy
Email: saltermu@springfieldcollege.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy/Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Science
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1998

Michigan

Wayne State University 
163 Community Arts Building Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-577-1823
Fax: 313-993-7558
Contact: Holly Feen Calligan, PhD, ATR-BC, Associate Professor and Art Therapy Program Coordinator; Art Education-Art Therapy Program
Email: hfeen@wayne.edu
Program 1: Art Education/Art Therapy Concentration
Program 1 Level: Master of Education
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1994
Program 2: Counseling with Art Therapy Concentration
Program 2 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 2: Approved
Initial Approval Program 2: 2008

Minnesota

Adler Graduate School 
10225 Yellow Circle Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343
Phone: 612-767-7059
Contact: Craig Balfany
Email: craig.balfany@alfredadler.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 2012

New Jersey

Caldwell University  120 Bloomfield Avenue Caldwell, NJ 07006
Phone: 973-618-3511 Fax: 973-618-3443
Contact: Annette Vaccaro, EdD, LCSW, SCP, ATR-BC, ATCS, Program Coordinator of Art Therapy Programs
Email: avaccaro@caldwell.edu
Program 1: Mental Health Counseling with Art Therapy Specialization
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts (CACREP Accredited)
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 2006

New Mexico

Southwestern College  
3960 San Felipe Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505-471-5756, 877-471-5756
Fax: 505-471-4071
Contact: Deborah Schroder, ATR-BC, LPAT, Program Chair, Art Therapy Program
Emailadmissions@swc.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy/Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1998

New York

Hofstra University 
258 Hagedorn Hall 119 Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 11549
Phone: 516-463-5300
Contact: Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, PhD, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS, BCPC, Program Director, Creative Arts Therapy Counseling Program
Email: Deborah.Elkis-Abuhoff@hofstra.edu
Program 1: Creative Arts Therapy Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1984

Nazareth College of Rochester 
4245 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14618-3790
Phone: 585-389-2538 Fax: 585-389-5134
Contact:  Renee van der Vennet, PhD, LCAT, LMHC, ATR-BC, CGP, Associate Professor
Email: rvander3@naz.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Science
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1992 Hillside Children’s Center; 1996 Nazareth College of Rochester

Pratt Institute 
North Hall, 200 Willoughby Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
Phone: 718-399-4267
Fax: 718-636-3597
Contact: Dina Schapiro, LCAT, ATR-BC, Assistant Chair, of Creative Art Therapy Program and Director of the Graduate Arts Therapy Department
Email: Dschapir@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)

School of Visual Arts 
209 East 23rd Street New York, NY 10010
Phone: 212-592-2610
Fax: 212-592-2538
Contact: Deborah Farber, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, Art Therapy Department Chair
Emailarttherapy@sva.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Professional Studies
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 2007

The College of New Rochelle
29 Castle Place, New Rochelle, NY 10805-2339
Phone: 914-654-5280
Contact: Patricia St John, EdD, ATR-BC, LCAT, Program Director & Professor, Graduate Art Therapy
Email: pstjohn@cnr.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy/Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Science
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1984

Ohio

Ursuline College
2550 Lander Road Pepper Pike, OH 44124
Phone: 440-646-813
Fax: 440-684-6138
Contact: Gail Rule-Hoffman, MEd, ATR-BC, LPC-S, LICDC, Professor, Counseling and Art Therapy Department
Emailgrulehoffman@ursuline.edu
Program 1: Counseling and Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts (CACREP Accredited)
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1992

Pennsylvania

Drexel University 
Mailing address: 1601 Cherry Street, Mail Stop 7905, Philadelphia, PA 19102;
Physical address: 1601 Cherry Street, 7th Floor, Room 7103, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 267-359-5511Fax: 267-359-5579
Contact: Natalie Carlton, PhD, ATR-BC, LPCC, Director of Graduate Art Therapy Programs
Alternate Contact: Kade Haskins, Admissions Coordinator, kth38@drexel.edu
Email: n.carlton@drexel.edu 
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1979

Marywood University 
2300 Adams Avenue Scranton, PA 18509-1598
Phone: 570-348-6211 x2525
Fax: 570-340-6023
Contact: Stephanie Wise, LCAT, ATR-BC, ATCS
Email: swise@maryu.marywood.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Arts
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1986

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

Virginia

Eastern Virginia Medical School 
Post Office Box 1980 Norfolk, VA 23501-1980
Phone: 757-446-5895Fax: 757-446-6179
Contact: Mary Roberts, EdS, LPC, ATR-BC, Program Director and Assistant Professor, Graduate Art Therapy & Counseling Program
Email: robertmr@evms.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy and Counseling
Program 1 Level: Master of Science
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1984

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
Emailbelkofec@mtmary.edu
Program 1: Art Therapy
Program 1 Level: Master of Science
Approval Status Program 1: Approved
Initial Approval Program 1: 1995

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 Barbara Florence.