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 professional internship. Each Fall students will participate in a 3-5 day residency on campus, the residency can also be completed remotely/virtual. All Spring and Summer classes will be completed 100% online through synchronous zoom evening classes. This low residency program format 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.

3 Options to Meet Your Needs

Masters degree

3 year, 60 credit hour graduate degree program with low residency and a majority of online coursework. 


18-credit Graduate Certification in Art Therapy for students with a master’s degree to enhance their knowledge about the use of art therapy in their chosen career. 

Bridge 3+2 Program

For undergraduate students in the Creative Arts Therapy program as a 3+ 2-year program allows students to transition directly into graduate coursework.

Admissions Requirements​

  • 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.

Graduate Coursework

Fall Year 1

ATC 502 Materials & Techniques of Art Therapy Practice

ATC 506 Assessments in Art Therapy

ATC 503 Creativity, Symbolism, Metaphor, & Spirituality

Spring Year 1

ATC 507 Professional Orientation, Ethical, & Legal Issues

ATC 511 Psychopathology & Diagnosis

ATC 510 Human Growth & Development

Summer Year 1

ATC 501 History & Development of Art Therapy

ATC 512 Counseling Theories

ATC 505 Assessment Methods in Counseling

Fall Year 2

ATC 513 Counseling Techniques

ATC 504 Group Dynamics

ATC 518 Practicum

Spring Year 2

ATC 508 Addictions Counseling  

ATC 519 Internship I

ATC 514 Research & Evaluation

Summer Year 2

ATC 515 Social & Cultural Foundations 

ATC 516 Lifestyle & Career Development

ATC 509 Marriage & Family Counseling

Fall Year 3

ATC 517 Thesis


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: $500 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.



Dr. Susan Ridley
MA ATC Program Director

College Hall
[email protected]

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