Master of Science in Art Therapy/Counseling

Learn more about the art therapy/counseling graduate program.

Contact Information


  • Rolling admissions until July 25 for fall applicants.

Program Requirements

  • All candidates are required to have completed a baccalaureate degree in one of the following: art, art education, art therapy, psychology, or a related field.
  • The American Art Therapy Association mandates the following prerequisites: minimum of 18 credits in studio art courses at the undergraduate level, as well as 12 credits in psychology, which should include courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and one elective. Students are required to complete these prerequisites within the first full-time year of graduate study if they have not been satisfied at the time of enrollment. No more than six semester hours of credit may be outstanding at the time of enrollment.
  • Each applicant to the master’s program must submit a portfolio with 8-10 pieces on a disk, labeled with titles. The works should feature a variety of works ranging from 2-D to 3-D, and nothing in the same type of media/materials shown twice.
  • Each applicant is required to have an interview to discuss personal and academic characteristics appropriate for successful adjustment to study and practice in art therapy.

Portfolio Guidelines

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • Resume
    • Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study.
  • Personal statement
    • In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
  • Official college transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Please provide the recommendation form to each of the two people you have chosen to comment on your interest in graduate study at Springfield College, as well as your preparedness for it.
  • Portfolio
    • Please include your artwork to date.

International Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

All application materials should be mailed to:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

If you choose to email your application documents, please note that transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be considered official unless they are emailed directly from the original source and not from the applicant. Please submit materials via email to

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