Adler University

Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy


17 N. Dearborn

Suite 2100

Chicago, IL 60602

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: Art Therapy

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy program prepares counselors to use the creative process to improve individuals’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. We offer one of the country’s largest and best known degrees in art therapy, training graduates to teach coping skills through art to people facing trauma, stress, and other struggles.

Our innovative program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and designed to meet the standards of the Higher Learning Commission. Our rigorous curriculum focuses on art-making and
counseling methodologies to foster personal growth and learn to face life’s challenges.

We offer an immersive learning experience that brings together real-world training with a focus on socially responsible practice—all led by experts in the field. Students learn to set therapeutic objectives and serve clients through a thoughtful selection of artistic materials and interventions. Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training professionals who are committed to a more just society.

  • Train in one of the nation’s largest and best known art therapy programs—taught by leaders in the field who embody Adler’s unique focus on socially responsible practice.
  • Learn in small, intimate classes in state-of-the-art studio spaces designed to encourage the artistic and therapeutic process.
  • Empower individuals to cope with life’s challenges as a specialized art therapist.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study.

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model
emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students
based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Eligibility Requirements:

No recent HS Grads. Only accepting students working on or already have a Bachelors or Masters Degree.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Locale: Large City

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