Foster human potential and 
shape the future of art therapy.

Foster human potential and
shape the future of art therapy.

Admission Requirements

  • A portfolio of original art work: 15 examples in at least three different media demonstrating competence with art materials in both 2D and 3D art.
  • A master’s degree, by the date of matriculation, in counseling: art therapy or a related discipline.
  • Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy or an equivalent program will be required to complete the equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum.
  • Proof of registration as an Art Therapist or 18 hours of studio credit hours.
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree.

Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

  • Application and application fee
  • Statement of Intent answering the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
    • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
    • What are your career goals and interests?
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
    • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
    • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not received
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
  • Two letters of Recommendation
    • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities
    • At least one letter should be from someone with a doctoral degree

Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.