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Art Therapy Practice

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Arts (M.A.)
Location(s): Alexandria Graduate Education Center

Program Overview

This 30-credit program offers professionals in art, therapy, psychology, and related fields the opportunity to learn how the theories and practice of art therapy be incorporated in their work and in treatment. Designed for those who have already earned a master’s or PhD, the program prepares its graduates for registration with the Art Therapy Credentials Board and to take the board certification examination. Beyond the coursework, all students must complete a 700-hour practicum or internship and a culminating project in order to graduate.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

February 1 (January 5 for applicants applying for an assistantship/fellowship)

Standardized test scores:

Waived.

Recommendations:

Two (2) recommendations required.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

Additional requirements:

Interview required; options available for international applicants. Portfolio required. (Portfolio must be mailed directly to GW Arts Therapy Program, 1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250, Alexandria, VA 22314)

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday