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Expressive Arts Therapy

California Institute of Integral Studies

36 months
1242 USD/credit 24840 USD/year
1242 USD/credit 24840 USD/year
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Expressive Arts Therapy is one of five master’s programs offered through California Institute of Integral Studies’ Counseling Psychology department. The pedagogy provides an engaging online, hybrid curriculum that weaves multimodal expressive arts, such as visual and digital arts, music, dance and movement, poetry etc.


The Expressive Arts Therapy program from California Institute of Integral Studies is three years of full-time study. Throughout, students engage with peers and faculty in a collaborative, liberatory-focused, arts-based environment. We place a premium on co-learning between students and faculty by creating opportunities for rich, playful, and diverse conversations and experiences. We also offer a part-time option which takes five-and-a-half years, for students with busy lifestyles.

The Expressive Arts Therapy program at California Institute of Integral Studies trains future leaders in the expressive arts therapy field. Our graduates are prepared for professional careers in private practice, mental health facilities, healthcare organizations, human services agencies, and schools. Our faculty have a variety of research interests, including creativity and spirituality among African Americans, multicultural and social justice counseling, education and supervision, neuro-diverse populations, homeless women, adolescents in residential rehabilitation, and the integration of the arts into spiritual practice.

Our Approach

The Expressive Arts Therapy program uses the power of the arts as tools for human development and healing, psycho-spiritual growth, social change, and empowered self-agency. We explore individual, group, couples, and family therapy practices from a liberatory perspective.

Our program emphasizes hands-on learning through experiential and collaborative coursework. During the second year of study, students have the opportunity to integrate theory and expressive arts into practice by volunteering or incorporating basic learning principles into their current job. In the third year, students engage in a year-long, supervised practicum to gain experience through face-to-face client work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Psychotherapy Theories and Practice
  • History and Foundations of EXA Therapy
  • Multicultural Counseling and the Therapeutic Relationship
  • Human Development and the Family
  • Group Dynamics and Therapy
  • Psychopathology & Psychological Assessment

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 66 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • 3rd application deadline: pending program space availability (after the Feb 15th priority deadline).


60 SCH
  • 60 or 68



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Complete the Online Admissions Application and Submit the Application Fee

  • Submit Your Supporting Materials

  • Submit Your Official Transcripts

  • Minimum GPA: A GPA of 3.0 or higher in previous coursework is required. However, a GPA below 3.0 does not automatically disqualify an applicant and CIIS will consider a prospective student whose GPA is between 2.0 and 3.0. These individuals are required to submit a GPA Statement and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their options.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    24840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1242 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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Expressive Arts Therapy
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