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
Art Therapy at Albertus Magnus College
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 board base of diagnostic and cultural issues.
The program has been approved by the Educational Program Approval Board of the American Art Therapy Program and its sixty (60) credit curriculum meets or exceeds standards for education set by the AATA and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). This strong course of study provides Art Therapy Program graduates the opportunity to qualify for licensing as a professional counselor.
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.
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 ProcessThe 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 examples of drawing, painting and three-dimensional works. A minimum of 10 images must be submitted. The portfolio may consist of photographs, or be formatted on a disk or hard drive. Please note that he portfolio materials will not be returned; do not send your only copies.
- 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
- Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.90
- Receive a grade of A in AT/PY600—Thesis
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
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.
In order to qualify for graduation with the M.A.A.T., the student must:
Graduation with Honors
M.A.A.T. students may graduate with honors who: