In the art therapy/counseling program, you will become a professional who is able to integrate art and psychology as a vehicle for healing. The program trains students through a course of study that blends theory, technique, and practice. With classes in art therapy, counseling, psychology, research, and studio art, you’ll develop your artistic and creative skills in large, studio spaces, while also training to conduct research.

And, you’ll quickly translate your knowledge into real-world skills, starting with a practicum experience in your second semester. Internship opportunities begin in year two, and provide the chance to work with individuals and groups of all ages who are experiencing mental illness, emotional and behavioral challenges, cancer, medical issues, brain injuries, or sexual and domestic abuse. Graduates from this program are master's-level clinicians who can jump right into the workforce, or pursue additional licensure opportunities, which will allow them to become licensed art therapists. 

You’ll have the option to pursue a Master of Science, which will provide you with clinical training and practice, studio art, and a completed research project, or our new Master of Education track, which focuses on an understanding of arts-based research. By selecting this track, you’ll develop as an art therapist with an emphasis on academic scholarship surrounding clinical applications of research. While both tracks require participation in a final art exhibit, students in the M.Ed. track concentrate on an aesthetic vision that includes materials, techniques, invention, expression, and observation. Emphasis of the final art exhibit for students in the M.S. track is related to their clinical experience.

CAAHEP Accredited Program

The Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling master’s degree program has been granted initial accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), effective immediately. Awarded after a peer review by the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and the CAAHEP Board of Directors, this accreditation determined that the Springfield College Art Therapy/Counseling program was in substantial compliance with the nationally established accreditation standards.

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You can now pursue your Master of Education.

The new M.Ed. track focuses on an understanding of arts-based research, allowing you to develop your skills as an art therapist while also preparing you to contribute to the field through academic scholarship surrounding clinical applications of research. While you're in the M.Ed. track, you'll concentrate on an aesthetic vision that includes a final art exhibition that focuses on materials, techniques, invention, expression and observation for your final art exhibit. 

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Why study art therapy/counseling?

Experience the best of two worlds—art and psychology—in the Springfield College master's-level art therapy/counseling program. 

Art therapy/counseling student in class at Springfield College

 

Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall term only.

    Art Therapy/Counseling Application Requirements
  • Portfolio

    1. A minimum of eight pieces
      1. Pieces should reflect your growth as an artist, ability to work with diverse media, skills and your creativity
      2. While choosing pieces to include in your portfolio, do not limit yourself to 2-D work (also show multiple views of 3-D pieces).
    2. Please include the following information for your work indicating
      1. Number
      2. Title of each piece
      3. Date of completion
      4. Medium used
      5. Approximate size of the piece

    Submit your portfolio via upload to your application portal. Instructions for upload will be emailed to you after you submit your application. 

  • Prerequisite courses must be complete or in progress to be eligible for admission to the program:

    • 12 credits in Psychology
    • 3 credits in Intro/General Psychology
    • 3 credits in Abnormal Psychology
    • 3 credits of an elective course in Psychology
    • 3 credits of a course in either Introduction to Art Therapy, a research course in psychology, or developmental psychology
  • Please include a short artist statement

Additional Requirements

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

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. 

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. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

Interview

This program requires an interview.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

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

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

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

Sequence of Courses

I. Core requirement (3 credits)

II. Program requirements (33 credits)

III. Psychology requirements (12 credits)

IV. Art Studio electives (4-6 credits)

(Students must take a minimum of two (2) courses in this category)

V. Art Therapy/ Counseling electives *

Total 4-6 credits for M.S. degree
Total 5-6 credits for M.Ed. degree

(Students must take a minimum of two (2) courses in this category.)

VI. Research requirements

A. M.Ed. (3 credits)
B. M.S. (8 credits)

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost for Master of Education (63 credits) $69,615
Approximate total cost for Master of Science (68 credits) $75,140
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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Accreditation

The Art Therapy Graduate Programs at Springfield College are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.