Educational Requirements

Art therapy practice requires knowledge and skills in usage of visual art and the creative process, as well as application of theories and techniques of human development, psychology, and counseling.

A master’s degree (MA, MAAT, MS) is the minimum education required to practice art therapy. An undergraduate degree in psychology (BS), or art (BA, BFA), are most commonly completed as preparation for admission into an art therapy graduate program, which must include a specific number of prerequisite credits in various content areas.

Educational standards for approved art therapy graduate programs are overseen by the AATA’s Educational Programs Approval Board (EPAB).

EPAB Approved art therapy master’s programs closest to Maryland

Drexel University (Philadelphia, PA) Master of Arts, in Art Therapy and Counseling

The George Washington University (Alexandria, VA) Master of Arts, in Art Therapy

Saint Mary-Of-The-Woods College (St. Mary-Of-The-Woods, IN) Offering the only EPAB approved Master of Arts in Art Therapy online graduate degree program.

Stay tuned!

Notre Dame University of Maryland is launching an Art Therapy BA/MA program in Baltimore! Important updates regarding the program’s accreditation status will be shared as they become available.

For more information about undergraduate preparation for admission into an art therapy graduate program, please see The American Art Therapy Association, Becoming an Art Therapist.

For a full list of programs in the United States, see EPAB Currently Approved Graduate Programs.

Please remember, a passing score on the Art Therapy Board Examination as well as Maryland State Licensure are also required in order to practice art therapy in Maryland, after successful completion of the outlined educational requirements.

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