Why pursue a Master of Science in Art Therapy?

You can become part of a learning community where students and faculty share a commitment to meaningful graduate-level academic, aesthetic, clinical, intrapersonal and interpersonal study. Our coed art therapy program is designed to integrate your artistic inquiry with art therapy and counseling theories and techniques so you can develop a sophisticated professional identity as an artist-therapist. The program provides a supportive learning environment and rigorous curriculum.

The program is grounded in a profound belief in the healing power of the arts and creative process. We provide an experiential and depth-oriented program where you can learn to implement theory and practice in a wide range of clinical contexts.

Expressing yourself through art

About the Master's Program

Mount Mary’s 60-credit Master of Science in Art Therapy features:

  • A fully accredited program—Mount Mary’s art therapy program is the only fully accredited art therapy graduate degree program in Wisconsin approved by the American Art Therapy Association.
  • Integrated learning approach—Courses promote hands-on experiential learning to integrate aesthetic, academic and clinical studies with professional practice. The program offers a supportive and collaborative environment of learners.
  • Direct access to faculty—Work side-by-side with internationally recognized faculty who are theorists, practitioners and leaders at the forefront of the art therapy profession. Mount Mary University’s art therapy faculty members are highly experienced artists and therapists in the field of art therapy and bring their real-world experiences into the classroom.
  • This program is approved by the Educational Program Approval Board (EPAB) of the American Art Therapy Association. Eighteen of the 60 credits are taught in the Counseling Department at Mount Mary University. The hybrid core curriculum for the Master of Science in Art Therapy Program is based on current Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) standards and the current standards and guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Art Therapy, which were adopted by the American Art Therapy Association Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).
  • Licensure—Many states have laws that regulate the practice of art therapy. Students are responsible for knowing the competency areas and licensure criteria of the state in which they intend to practice. **The Masters in Art Therapy Program at Mount Mary University is currently awaiting approval to be included on the list of institutions meeting the educational requirements necessary to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor – Initial Training license (LPC-IT) in the state of Wisconsin by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. Applying for approval does not guarantee that approval will be granted.
  • Registration and Certification—The Mount Mary graduate art therapy program prepares students to qualify academically for their professional credentials in art therapy. Registration (ATR) and Board Certification (BC) are administered nationally by the Art Therapy Credentials Board.

Art Therapy Symposium


Each year, join art therapists, community leaders, artists, and mental health counselors from the Midwest gather at the Art Therapy Symposium to learn how art can inspire and promote community revitalization and personal empowerment. One partnership extended across the globe: Croatia does not have an established art therapy profession, however, in the wake of the Cold War and the country’s civil war, experts from the medical school of the University of Zagreb recognized the healing power of art therapy and reached out to Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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student with artwork

Accomplished |
Acrylic on Canvas

“I tried to convey, in this painting, movement in multiple directions as a metaphor for having the courage to stand up for yourself and what you believe. It takes courage to be a vulnerable you, to take action, and to have dreams.”

student artwork

Ode to the soft at heart |
Mixed media


student with artwork

Prowess |
Acrylic paint and mixed media on wood

“As a graduate student in Art Therapy, having taken the step to further my journey, I began to think of how courage and leadership play a role in my cultural identity. I reflected on women in my life, or those I look up to in history, who have inspired me to take this step to become a voice that is greatly needed in our society.”

student artwork

Cultural Compass |
Collage and paint


student with artwork

From the Ashes |
Acrylic and mixed media

“The quality of leadership is not developed without struggles and failures. I believe it takes real courage to persevere especially when you’ve failed; it would be so easy to make excuses and give up.”

student artwork

Visions |
Collage on wood panel


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