The MPS in Art Therapy curriculum is interdisciplinary in approach, drawing from art, clinical and educational applications, and the social sciences.
Degree candidates must successfully complete 60 credits, including all required courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A residency of two academic years is required. In exceptional instances, students may be allowed to transfer up to 15 credits from other accredited graduate programs. Decisions concerning transfer of credit and course exemptions are made by the committee on graduate admissions.
The first year of study covers the general theory and practice of art therapy and is designed to help students understand the relationship between cognition, emotion and behavior as well as how these areas relate to art diagnosis and treatment. In the second year, students choose between two areas of specialization: addictionology and challenged populations.
In the final semester, each student is required to complete a thesis project, which must be reviewed and approved by the thesis committee and the department chair in order for the student to be eligible for degree conferral.