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Master of Arts in Art Therapy & Counseling Online 

This unique program merges the disciplines of art and psychology, allowing you to explore the therapeutic power of creativity. Through a combination of theoretical coursework and practical training, you will learn how to use art as a powerful tool to promote healing and personal growth. 

Tuition: $48,840

Duration: 24 months

Credit hours: 60


A degree in art therapy equips you to make a meaningful difference

Art therapy is a dynamic field that combines the study of psychology and art to help individuals of all ages with emotional conflicts, behavioral problems, and mental illness. The online Master of Arts in Art Therapy & Counseling program provides you with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical components of art therapy. During the program, you will receive extensive training on how to use art as a therapeutic tool to help patients express their inner thoughts and emotions. 

As an art therapist, your career outlook is limitless. Many mental health organizations are turning to art to support their patients, such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices. You will be equipped to help patients of all ages and backgrounds with a range of emotional and psychological issues by leveraging the healing power of art.  

Potential career opportunities:

  • Counselor
  • Child and adolescent psychologist
  • Mental health therapist
  • Crisis support personnel
  • School psychologist


Check out our tuition plans

We understand finances are an important factor in considering your higher education options. Our online programs are competitively priced and can be paid by the course for added flexibility.

Tuition rates listed apply to the 2024-2025 academic year. More detailed information about tuition and financial aid can be found here.

Program: MA in Art Therapy
Per credit hour: $814
Per course: $2,442
Per Program: $48,840

Financial aid
Financial aid is available to those who qualify and who are U.S. citizens. Complete the Free
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Edgewood College Federal School Code: 003848

Contact us:
Phone: 608.663.4300
Fax: 608.663.3495
Mailing address: 1000 Edgewood College Dr. Madison, WI 53711

Your start dates to choose from

Our online programs are designed to fit your schedule. Find your ideal start date below.

8 and 16 -Week Format


Start Date  

Application Deadline 
Fall 8/26/24 Rolling

We offer rolling admission. Waitlist available after seats fill.

Course registration is due the day before courses begin for each term.

1. Provide evidence of baccalaureate or more advanced degree from a United States regionally accredited or equivalent post-secondary institution with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for regular admission status. The cumulative grade point average is computed on the highest degree held at the time of application.
2. Request the official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate academic credits received to be sent directly to Edgewood College.
  • Pre-requisite courses include:

18 credits in studio arts in both two and three-dimensional media. (12 credits must be completed before admittance; up to 6 credits can be completed during the first year of study) Preferred courses:

      • Drawing
      • Painting
      • Sculpture
      • Ceramics
      • Photography
      • Digital Arts

12 credits in psychology or closely related fields. (6 credits must be completed before admittance; up to 6 credits can be completed during the first year of study.) Required courses:

      • General or introduction to psychology
      • Developmental Psychology through the Lifespan
      • Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology
      • Any other psychologically related course: Social, educational, neurological

3. Complete and submit graduate application.
4. The names and email addresses of three professional references will need to be listed on the Graduate Application. One of these references must be an educator, one of these references must be familiar with work or volunteer history, and the third can be from any character reference who is not immediate family.
5. A 300 – 500-word essay in APA style indicating motivations and professional goals for pursuing a graduate degree in art therapy. The written statement should include:

  • Interests and motivations for wanting to become an art therapist
  • Ability to succeed in graduate school
  • What life, education, and/or work experiences have prepared you in providing basic human service.

6. Professional Resume
7. Documentation of 100 hours of work or volunteer hours in a human service venue.
8. Art Portfolio demonstrating both two and three-dimensional works (12-15 pieces). A video presentation explaining engagement with the media is preferred.
9. An interview is required for admittance. The interview can take place at any time during the application process. Interviews can be in person and include a tour of campus (preferred); or virtually.

Our art therapy courses feature modern theory and applications 

To complete the MA of Art Therapy & Counseling online program, students must complete 60 credit hours of master’s coursework. 



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