M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy

Learn to guide change through 
creative expression.

Learn to guide change through
creative expression.

Who We Are

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Founded in 1952 to advance the work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, we provide graduate programs in counseling that are recognized for excellence in preparing students for successful practice.

As one of the nation’s first and largest art therapy programs, our M.A. in Counseling: Art Therapy program has graduated art therapists who are practicing and leading the field in clinical and community settings throughout the United States and beyond.

Train as a mental health counselor who can uniquely incorporate artistic media and the creative process into therapy—helping clients address conflict, trauma, problem behaviors, stress, and many other psychological, social, developmental, or medical issues.

Approved by the American Art Therapy Association, our curriculum and training provides a comprehensive foundation in counseling and art therapy theory and techniques. Ours is the only university-level program with an Adlerian emphasis on social interest—meaning students are trained as socially responsible practitioners with understanding of systems and social action that can affect well-being in clinical, educational, social service, community, and private practice settings.

  • Learn in small classes that average fewer than 11 students—from highly experience art therapy practitioners, scholars, educators, and leaders in the field.
  • Gain real-world practicum and clinical experience before graduation, and graduate prepared for licensure and practice.


Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413
Phone: 800.621.7440 / 312.263.7462
email: info@hlcommission.org
website: ncahlc.org

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