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. All gender identities are welcome. Our art therapy program is designed to combine your artistic skills with art therapy and counseling theories and techniques so you can develop an integrated professional identity as an artist-therapist and counselor. The program emphasizes experiential learning within a rigorous curriculum and provides a supportive environment for student success.
About the Master's Program
Mount Mary’s 60-credit Master of Science in Art Therapy features:
- A fully approved program—Mount Mary’s art therapy program is the only 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.
- Licensure—Many states have laws that regulate the practice of art therapy and counseling. Students are responsible for knowing the competency areas and licensure criteria of the state in which they intend to practice. **The Graduate Art Therapy Program at Mount Mary University has received official confirmation that it is an Approved 60 Credit Educational Program in Professional Counseling in the state of Wisconsin. The Professional Counselor Section of the Joint Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work has determined that the Mount Mary Graduate Art Therapy Program has meet the educational requirements needed for licensure per MPSW 14.01 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code. Applying for approval does not guarantee that approval will be granted. Although the MMU Art therapy program meets the requirements for equivalency requirement criteria for a degree in Professional Counseling as a related profession in the state of Wisconsin, LPC eligibility may vary state by state. For more information about state-by-state licensing efforts for art therapy, see the following link: https://arttherapy.org/state-advocacy/
- Registration and Board 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. Currently, Art Therapy is not licensed in most states. For a current list of states that license art therapists and information about state-by-state licensing efforts for art therapy, see the following link: https://arttherapy.org/state-advocacy/
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.
Art Therapy Newsletters
Art therapy graduate students created a community newsletter that highlights their work and the important people behind it. The students created this newsletter to foster a new avenue for connection, community, and creation.
Get to know a few of the art therapy faculty and students who are using their creativity to make a positive impact in the field of mental health.