Art Therapy, M.Sc. | Syracuse University | Syracuse, United States
24 months
32436 USD/year
32436 USD/year
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Art therapy uses visual and symbolic expression to circumvent the limitations of language, giving voice to experiences and providing opportunities to understand complex situations, illuminate new questions, and create alternative and innovative solutions to problems. This Art Therapy degree is offered at Syracuse University.


Grounded in the healing potential of making, viewing, and engaging with art, the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) art therapy program at Syracuse University prepares students to employ art-based approaches to counseling when working with diverse populations in a range of clinical and community-based settings.


Our 60-credit master of science (M.S.) in Art Therapy is a hybrid program that engages students in an integrated approach to learning that includes two on-campus residencies and participation in a dynamic online learning environment.

Experiential learning is employed throughout the curriculum to support students’ engagement with academic material while providing opportunities to use the “tools of the trade” to integrate theory with practice as students prepare for clinical art therapy practice.

Our small cohort size promotes a supportive and collaborative learning experience among students and faculty.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Practice of Group Art Therapy
  • Theories of Counseling and Art Therapy
  • Materials and Techniques of Art Therapy Practice
  • Social and Cultural Considerations in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Professional Orientation, Ethical and Legal Issues in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Helping Relationships and Applications in Art Therapy and Counseling
  • Assessment 
  • Art Therapy Research and Evaluation
  • Life-Span Human Development
  • Career Development
  • Psychopathology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis through the end of June.


TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcript uploaded to the online application. If you are admitted, an official, degree-bearing transcript must be mailed to the University. Applicants must complete a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent in another country) before starting a graduate program.
  • Personal statement/essay. Describe in approximately 500 words your main academic interests, why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen, why you wish to study at Syracuse University, how you expect to finance your studies, and your plans after you receive your degree.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • Test scores. The GRE is not required, but scores will be reviewed if submitted.
Portfolio Requirements:
  • Submit 15-20 items of your artwork via the Syracuse University Applicant Portal. You will receive access to your Syracuse University applicant portal shortly after submitting your application.

Tuition Fee

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    32436 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 32436 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    32436 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 32436 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Syracuse

935 - 1370 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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