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 & 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.

Courseload: 12-credit hours Fall, 12- credit hours Spring, and 3-credit hours Summer.

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. 

Graduate 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 https://www.atcb.org/) for details.

30-credit hours ATR-Track 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 Art Therapy and Counseling program.

  • 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

In-state or out-of-state: ONE RATE! Domestic students pay one rate per credit hour for tuition, so whether you live in West Virginia or are an out-of-state student, your tuition will be the same rate: $555 per credit hour.
International students tuition is $600 per credit hour.

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.

Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.htm

Contact

Dr. Susan Ridley
MA ATC Program Director

College Hall
susan.ridley@westliberty.edu

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