Our Master of Science in Art Therapy program is a Post Master's degree (PMAT) based in growth and reflective classroom, studio, community and clinical experiences. Our program is unique in that we are part of a thriving medical and health professions campus at EVMS. Our nationally and internationally renowned faculty have been preparing world-class art therapists who are culturally responsive, community-involved, ethical professionals with successful careers for more than 40 years.

The Post Master of Science in Art Therapy program (PMAT) is offered to applicants who currently have a master's degree in a related mental health field (minimum 48 semester units or 72 quarter units) from an accredited institution in the United States or equivalent academic preparation outside the U.S.

Related master's degrees include: counseling, social work, psychology, psychiatric nursing, other mental health professions and expressive or creative art therapies. Related degrees not tied to licensure include the fine arts, art education and special education. Other related degrees may be considered with approval from the program director.


Both personal characteristics and academic qualifications of applicants are evaluated to ensure that students are capable of developing professional competence as art therapists.

Applicants must:

  • Have a qualifying GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have completed a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in a related field no later than on month prior to matriculation
  • Have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite undergraduate-level coursework:
    • 12 semester credit hours in Psychology (must include Developmental, Abnormal and Theories of Personality)
    • 18 semester credit hours in Studio Art (must include Painting, Drawing, Sculpture/3-D and Clay/Ceramics)
  • Have satisfactorily completed all prerequisite graduate-level coursework no later than July 1:
    • 12 semester credit hours in the following topics: Psychopathology, Human Growth & Development, Counseling and Psychological Theories, Assessment, Research Methods, and Cultural and Social Diversity
  • Complete and submit an application fee and online application including the following:
    • Official transcript(s) from all academic institutions attended
    • Official GRE score report (optional, improves ranking)
    • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable)
    • Three letters of reference
    • Writing sample
  • Review the technical standards



The two-year PMAT program offers a hybrid model of art therapy education in a recommended sequence of course study that may span 4-6 semesters. Students are prepared with foundational coursework focused on the history, theory and practice of art therapy. Once foundational coursework has been completed, students complete the written and oral comprehensive examination. In the second year, students begin working on their capstone projects.

Students are required to complete all of the following graduation requirements:

  • Coursework complete with a 3.0 (B) average or above,
  • Capstone project,
  • Meets technical standards and expectations on the professional performance review,
  • Practicum/internship




This website reflects current program information, including admissions criteria and curricula.  Information is subject to change.