M.A. in Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling

This program provides education and training in Art Therapy and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The degree is a total of 60 credits, 48 credits taken in the current Clinical Art Therapy program and 12 credits taken from the Department of Counseling and Development.

The program has been designed to allow graduates to be eligible for licensing as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT) in New York State, and to sit for the Art Therapy Credentials Board Examination (ATCBE) as part of national registration. The curriculum is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Individual students should check with their home states for specific educational requirements regarding licensure.

We offer small and intimate class sizes that range from 8 to 22 students. The curriculum's focus is on the diagnostic and therapeutic value of painting, drawing, and sculpture as applied to a variety of populations (children, adolescents and adults). The art process is also emphasized and art is created in all foundational seminars. The course of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for the Art Therapist, culminates in a gallery opening where students present their work.

Emphasis is placed on creating a clinical art therapy community in which students, faculty, the Art, and Counseling Departments, as well as the New York area artist community, contribute to a cohesive and stimulating training experience. The program offers 30-40 active art therapy internship sites for students to fulfill the required 700 internship hours. Research is one of the hallmarks of this program. Our students are required to take nine credits in research and thesis. Students have presented their findings at national conferences and our faculty is known within the art therapy community for their efforts across a range of clinical topics.

We also have a strong international and national student presence. Our students not only come from many locations within the U.S. but also from Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Russia, Israel, India, Trinidad, and Brazil. Our students have engaged as a group in various social action projects, where faculty and students were able to work with underprivileged populations and provide community art therapy experiences. In 2016 and 2017, the LIU Post Art Therapy community had the opportunity to visit and serve various populations in South Korea and Israel. The program has also participated in metro social action experiences across Long Island and the five boroughs.

Admission Requirements

All applications and requested materials (i.e. application fee, transcripts, letters of recommendation, personal statement) should be submitted via the online portal or paper version can be sent to the LIU Post Graduate Admissions Processing Center (address below).

To apply for admission:

  1. Long Island University Online Application for Admission
    Applicants must complete the Long Island University Online Application for Admission.
  2. Application Fee
    Mail a non-refundable application fee of $50 by either check or money order (made payable to Long Island University) or contact the Bursar to submit fee via credit card. Please write your name on the check or money order, if that is your preferred method of payment. International applicants must pay the fee in U.S. dollars by sending an international money order or check.
  3. Transcripts
    Submit official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcript with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. You must have fulfilled the minimum prerequisite of 12 credits in Psychology (including a course in Abnormal Psychology), and 18 credits in Studio Art. Students who do not meet the minimum Grade Point Average (3.0) and/or who are in need of prerequisites may be accepted on a limited matriculation basis. Students who do not meet the minimum Grade Point Average (3.0) and/or who are in need of prerequisites may be accepted on a limited matriculation basis. All limited matriculated students have one year to complete the requirements for full matriculation.
  4. Art Portfolio
    A portfolio, evaluated by the Art Therapy Program, is required for admission and is the substitution for the Graduate Record Examination. The portfolio, including a numbered inventory, should contain 15 to 20 samples of your most recent work, preferably with a variety of media (drawing, painting, sculpture, etc.). The images may be included in any digital format (jpeg, pdf, PowerPoint slides).
  5. Resume
    Submit an updated copy of your resume with your online application.
  6. Personal Statement
    Submit a statement of approximately 500 to 1,000 words describing your reason for pursuing graduate study at LIU in the Art Therapy program, your personal and academic background, and your professional goals.
  7. Writing Sample
    Submit a sample of a research paper or paper written for an academic program, in APA style.
  8. Personal Interview
    Once all other program materials have been received, you will be contacted by the Program Director to arrange a personal interview. At this time, you may review samples of your artwork from the portfolio, as well as discuss any questions you have regarding the program.
  9. International Students
    In addition to the requirements listed above, international applicants must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 79 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 6.5.

    *Please note that you are not required to submit Letters of Recommendation or GRE scores.

Send application materials to:
Long Island University
Graduate Admissions Office
720 Northern Blvd.
Brookville, NY 11548

Program Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit
Required Art Therapy Courses


Treating Trauma & Grief in Art Therapy


ARTH 600

Theories in Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 602

Drawing, Painting and Sculpture for the Art Therapist - Studio


ARTH 603

Multicultural Issues in Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 605

History and Philosophy of Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 607

Clinical Methods in Group Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 609

Special Populations in Child/Adolescent Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 611

Therapeutic Systems in Family Art Therapy and Counseling


ARTH 614

Internship I: Supervision Seminar


ARTH 615

Internship II: Supervision Seminar


ARTH 616

Clinical Projective and Art-Based Assessments


ARTH 706

Research Methods


Required Counseling Courses

EDC 601

Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Ethics


EDC 608

Assessment and Intervention Strategies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling


EDC 676

Career Development


EDC 611

Evidence Based Treatments in Mental Health Counseling


Elective Courses


Psychology Elective



Any graduate ART courses 


Required Thesis Courses

ARTH 707

Thesis Research


ARTH 708



Student Outcome Data

Graduation Year 2021-2022
# of graduated 11
Graduation Rate 100%
Positive Placement Percentage* 100%

Graduation Year 2020-2021
# of graduated 16
Graduation Rate 100%
Positive Placement Percentage* 85.7%

Graduation Year 2019-2020
# of graduated 20
Graduation Rate 90.9%
Positive Placement Percentage* 100%

*“Positive Placement Percentage” means that the graduate is employed full or part-time in art therapy or in a related field; or continuing his/her education; or serving in military. A related field is one in which the individual is using cognitive, psychomotor, and affective competences acquired in the education program.


The Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling Program at LIU, Post Campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( ) upon the recommendation of The Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education.

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The internship component of the art therapy program draws upon the vast mental health and rehabilitative resources of the New York-metropolitan area. An internship occurs after the completion of two semesters of clinical foundation classes; this allows the beginning clinician to actively participate in two 350-hour internships (700 hours total), at differing locations that meet the professional interests of each student. Overseen by the Internship Coordinator, students use their placements as a means of gaining experience within different client populations.

Career Success

The integration of theory, practice, creativity and self-growth remains the ultimate goal of the program. We are committed to providing a quality experience that will prepare each student for a professional career in art therapy. Our students return year after year as guest speakers and as mentors, helping to guide current students towards their professional goals. Because our faculty has local, national and international visibility, students often make use of faculty contacts as a means of finding jobs, internships and other professional opportunities.