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Admissions Requirements

Art Therapy & Counseling Program Admissions Requirements

Both personal characteristics and academic qualifications of applicants are evaluated to insure that students are capable of developing professional competence as art therapists. Our‌ GATC Admission Guide 11.17booklet details these requirements for application to the Graduate Art Therapy and Counseling Program.  This guide contains specific information about the admissions requirements, process and timeline for the program.

This brief checklist outlines the major components necessary to complete your application and be considered for a potential interview.






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QUALIFYING GPA  (3.00 or better)
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BACHELOR'S DEGREE* completed (no later than July 1st)
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All PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK* satisfactorily completed 
   (no later than July 1st)

  • 12 semester credit hours in Psychology (must include developmental, abnormal & Theories of personality)
  • 18 semester credit hours in Studio Art (must include painting, drawing, sculpture/3-D and clay/ceramics)
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  • Online Application and fee (**applications accepted on a rolling basis; preferred submission by February 15th
  • Official transcript(s) from all academic  institutions attended
  • Official GRE score report (optional)
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
  • Three (3) letters of reference
  • Writing Sample
  • Personal interview with portfolio presentation
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Official transcripts for any outstanding prerequisites, and/or proof of enrollment in prerequisite courses should be submitted directly to:

EVMS - School of Health Professions
Office of Admissions and Enrollment
ATTN: Art Therapy & Counseling Program
700 W. Olney Road, Room 1155
Norfolk, VA 23507-1607
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*Specifics regarding foreign degree requirements and pre-requisite expectations and eligibility are found in the GATC Admissions Guide booklet