Graduate Programs

Master of Arts

in Art Therapy & Counseling

Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling is a 60-credit hour degree program that consists of 51-credit hours of coursework, 3-credit hours of supervised practicum, and 6-credit hours of supervised clinical internship. Each Fall students will participate in a 3-day virtual residency. All Spring and Summer classes will be completed 100% online through synchronous zoom evening classes. This allows working professionals to further their education and professional development. This program provides the education for graduates to pursue professional certifications such as art therapist registered (ATR) and art therapist board certified (ATR-BC) with the American Art Therapy Association (AATA), certification as a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) with the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA), and State licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in West Virginia and other states. Post-graduate supervision hours and successfully passing exams are required for professional certification and licensure.

Admissions Requirements​

M.A. in Art Therapy and Counseling

60 credit hour graduate degree program with 3-day virtual residency and online synchronous zoom classroom. Classes are scheduled in the evenings.

If all requirements are met, students can graduate in 2 1/2 years.

Students can slow down at any time. Any classes missed can be taken the next time they are offered. This will affect graduation timeline, but it’s not a race and students should work at their own pace.

Course load includes 9-credit hours of Fall, Spring, and Summer courses.

Not ready for graduate studies: The 3 + 2 Bridge Program helps students to transition from undergraduate to graduate studies. 

Postgraduate Certificate
in Art Therapy

18-credit hours for students with a master’s degree to enhance their knowledge about the use of art to facilitate self-reflection, promote healing, and improve health and wellness. It does NOT provide qualifications as an art therapist. Art Therapy is a regulated mental health field that requires specific education and supervised internships (see for details.

30-credit hours ATR-Track + 6-credit hours Art Therapy Internship for students interested in certification as an Art Therapist and have a masters degree in a mental health profession (e.g., counseling, psychology, social work, etc.). Includes supervised Internships.

Courses are taken as they are offered in the graduate program.

Art Therapy Credentials and Counseling Licensure

The graduate Art Therapy and Counseling (ATC) program at West Liberty University provides the coursework required for professional credentials as an art therapist (ATR) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and Art Therapy Licensure in states where it is available, and licensure as a counselor in West Virginia. Other states have their own art therapy or counseling licensure requirements. Since licensure requirements change, specific determinations that the ATC curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all 50 states is an ongoing process. 

International Students: Please email to see if we are currently accepting students from your country.

Art Therapy Credentials (ATR)

Art Therapy/Counseling Licensure

Counseling Compact

  • Official transcripts of any bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, with a 3.0 GPA.
  • 12 credits in psychology with at least a B in each
  • 18 credits in studio art with at least a B in each
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Art portfolio
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Additional requirements for international applicants.

Cost and Aid

For Tuition Fees and Financial Aid Cost of Attendance, click the link below or visit the Business Office website

Gainful Employment Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to disclose specific information to students in a certificate program. This is called a Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Your Future as a Counselor

Percent Change in Employment 2029

Mental Health CounselorMental Health Counselor25%

Social CounselorSocial Counselor14%

All OccupationsAll Occupations4%

Employment of substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is projected to grow 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected as people continue to seek addiction and mental health counseling services.



Dr. Susan Ridley
MA ATC Program Director

College Hall

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