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Art Therapy

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

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

Program Overview

One of the first programs to be developed in the United States and receive approval from the American Art Therapy Association, GW’s art therapy program combines artistic training with therapy and counseling skills. A part of Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ social and behavioral sciences program, students are trained to become effective art therapists through a combination of coursework, hands-on projects and placements in internships for course credit.

Studies include training in drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as intensive course work in the types of art therapy, diagnosis, and assessment. Coursework in trauma training is also available.


Admission Requirements

Admission Deadline:

Fall – February 1 

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246). Waived for applicants who hold a J.D., M.D., or Ph.D.

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

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.

Prerequisite Requirements:


Statement of Purpose:

A bachelor's degree, with 18 credits in art, including painting, drawing, and figurative clay, and 12 credits in the behavioral and/or social sciences, including abnormal psychology and child psychology.

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 the 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:

Portfolio must be mailed directly to:
GW Arts Therapy Program
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 250
Alexandria, VA 22314

All other supporting documents must 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: ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday