All Mount Mary University graduate programs welcome both men and women. To be eligible for the Mount Mary professional doctorate of art therapy program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • have a master’s degree in art therapy from a regionally accredited institution
  • have a minimum master’s degree GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • have documented excellence in master’s degree clinical practica and capstone project/thesis
  • have board certification in art therapy and licensure (or equivalent) 
  • have 3 years of professional practice as an art therapist
  • submit all required application materials (see details below)

International Students: International applicants will be evaluated regarding equivalencies to the criteria above. See additional application requirements and proceduresor contact your graduate admission counselor with questions.

Application Deadline

Applications are reviewed in the spring for enrollment in each annual cohort of 10 students that begins in the summer. The application deadline is March 15. Applicants will be notified of admission no later than April 30.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the online Doctoral Student Application.
  2. Submit the nonrefundable application fee. You can submit the payment online by credit card or e-check through CashNet on the MyMountMary portal. Note: The application fee is waived for Mount Mary alumnae. If you’re an alumna, contact your graduate admission counselor to obtain the waiver code prior to submitting your application.
  3. Submit your official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. You will need to contact each institution (typically the registrar’s office) to have your transcript sent, with an embossed seal, directly to: Mount Mary University, Graduate Admission Office, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597. If you are in the process of completing a degree, you will need to send your official transcript once the degree is completed to verify receipt of the degree. If you previously attended Mount Mary, you do not need to request Mount Mary transcripts, but should provide transcripts from other schools, if applicable. Use Mount Mary’s Transcript Request Form (PDF) to help speed up this process.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation. The recommendations should be a reference person who can speak to your potential for doctorate study. Use our Letter of Recommendation for Graduate Study Form (PDF).
  5. Submit documentation of professional credentials. This could include ATR, ATR-BC and license, or a statement of eligibility and plan of action to meet this requirement.
  6. Submit an artwork portfolio. The portfolio should include 12-20 images on CD of original artworks demonstrating artistic skills and familiarity with a range of media.
  7. Write and submit an application essay. The essay should specify a) your experiences, questions and aims that have led you to make the commitment to seek a Doctor of Art Therapy degree; b) your career objectives that you expect to meet through study in the program and post-graduation with a professional doctorate; and c) a practice-based research question of interest that you believe could transform the profession, why it is important and what approach you might take to address it.
  8. Submit a copy of your résumé or curriculum vitae.
  9. Provide a sample of scholarly writing or publication. Please submit at least one sample for review.
  10. Demonstrate basic computer skills. Contact your graduate admission counselor for details.

Submit all application materials via postal mail or email to:

  • Graduate Admission Office, Mount Mary University, 2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597

Once you submit all application materials, you should arrange an interview with the professional doctorate of art therapy program director. An interview is a required part of the admission process. Final admission decisions will be made following the completion of the interview and the application process.

Contact your graduate admission counselor with application questions.