Master of Arts in Art Therapy (M.A.A.T.)

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy is committed to providing a high quality educational experience. We promote professional growth within a cohesive and passionate community of students who are able to be sensitive to an ethical, reflective and socially aware practice of art therapy. The hallmark of the program is the intensive, rigorous and rewarding student-centered preparation that fosters reflective thinking, respect for diversity of the human experience, recognition of the value of creative exploration blended with sound psychological theory and scientific research, as well as resiliency through compassion.

What is Art Therapy

  • A human service profession that blends the disciplines of Art and Psychology
  • Clients of varied populations use ART and creative process in therapy and as therapy
  • Communication with art uses the universal language to promote connection and healing relationships with self and others

MAAT Information Session Dates Spring 2017

All Information Sessions are held in Rm. 111 Flach Room Aquinas Hall

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 2:30-3:45

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 2:30-3:45

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 2:30-3:45

Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College

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The Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program at Albertus Magnus College offers a progressive and comprehensive curriculum designed to provide its students and graduates with a range of didactic and experiential learning experiences that will prepare them to function effectively as individual or group therapists with a broad base of diagnostic and cultural issues.
The program's 60 credit requirements to graduate meets all educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in the State of CT. and is approved by the Education Program Approval Board (EPAB) of AATA. This strong course of study provides Art Therapy Program graduates the opportunity to qualify for licensing as a professional counselor.

Admissions Requirements

The following will be required of all applicants accepted into the Master of Arts in Art Therapy Program:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 system.
  • A minimum of 18 credits in Studio Art. Credits must include courses in Drawing, Painting, and Ceramic, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8.
  • A minimum of 15 credits in Psychology. Credits must include Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and a course in Statistics for the Social Sciences, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8.
  • For non-native English-speakers, proficiency in English as demonstrated by at least three years of successful academic work at a college or university using English as the primary language of instruction and evaluation, or by a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based.
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Students who lack some of the above requirements may be admitted to the Program on a conditional basis. Students will not be permitted to take graduate courses without having successfully completed a minimum of 12 undergraduate credits in Psychology and 15 undergraduate credits in Studio Art. Outstanding prerequisites must be completed within the first year of the program

Admission to the M.A.A.T. is selective and competitive, and not every applicant who meets the above criteria may be accepted. The Art Therapy Admissions Committee will make admission decisions after reviewing all application materials and conducting a personal interview with the applicant.

Application Process

The following must be submitted in order to have an application for admission evaluated:
  • A completed application and a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • For non-native English speakers, minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based, 80 internet-based, or 213 computer-based
  • Proof of immunization in accordance with Connecticut State requirements
  • For applicants who intend to use Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Educational Benefits
    • Military, university and college transcripts
    • Certification of Eligibility letter or, for reservists, Notice of Basic Eligibility
    • Veteran's Intent to Register form
  • Two letters of recommendation; one from a clinical supervisor, and a second from either a former professor or a professional supervisor.
  • A personal essay of at least two pages (typed in 12 point font) indicating one's reasons for applying to the program.
  • A portfolio of original artwork demonstrating competence with a variety of art media, INCLUDING PAINTING, DRAWING AND CERAMICS/SCULPTURE. A minimum of 10 images must be submitted. The portfolio must be formatted on a disc or thumb drive. Please Note: the portfolio materials will not be returned; please do not send your only copies.
  • All application materials should be sent to:
    The Master of Arts in Art Therapy (MAAT) Admission Committee
    Albertus Magnus College
    700 Prospect Street
    New Haven, CT 06511-1189

    Transfer Credits

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    The M.A.A.T. program will accept a maximum of 12 graduate credits in transfer from a regionally accredited college or university toward satisfying degree requirements. Such credits must be in keeping with the degree requirements of the Albertus Magnus College aster of Arts in Art Therapy Program and must have been completed with a grade of 3.0 or better. Transfer credits will be considered on an individual basis. Students requesting the transfer of credits must do so in writing to the program director. The request to transfer credits must be sent to the program director no later than one year prior to the student's final semester in the program.

    Graduation Requirements

    In order to qualify for graduation with the M.A.A.T., the student must:

    • Complete all credits applied towards the master’s degree within seven years from the time of beginning the program
    • Complete all required graduate course work (minimum of 60 credits) and supervised clinical experience (minimum 725 hours) with minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
    • Complete a master’s thesis approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee, the program director, and the chair of the Psychology Department
    • Receive a program faculty recommendation
    • Pay all tuition and fees

    Graduation with Honors

    M.A.A.T. students may graduate with honors who:

    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.90
    • Receive a grade of A in AT/PY600—Thesis