Now accepting applications 
for our fall 2020 start.

Now accepting applications
for our fall 2020 start.

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 (2-3 pages, double-spaced) 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.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

Adler University - Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602

Official electronic transcripts should be sent to