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What will I learn?

Herron’s art therapy program is housed within a psychodynamic framework and pays close attention to the neurobiological mechanisms that are at the root of creative expression and symbolic, unconscious communication.

You will get hands-on experience in a number of settings including mental health, medical, educational, and forensic facilities, using art- and evidence-based practices to assess, intervene, and treat people with various emotional, cognitive, physical, and mental health disabilities.

Students who complete the Master of Art degree in Art Therapy emerge with clinical and research experience in preparation for the national credential ATR—Registration as an Art Therapist. Students are also prepared to test for board certification as art therapists and licensed mental health counselors in the state of Indiana. At Herron School of Art and Design, art-based practice meets science-based evidence. The Art Therapy program’s robust relationships with professionals in the field provide internship and practicum assignments for students, giving them deep on-site experience in a variety of settings from prisons to pediatric hospitals. Students actively contribute to the growing availability of comprehensive clinical practice and a body of research.

Potential careers

  • Therapist
  • Psychotherapist
  • Counsellor
  • Behavioral health clinician
  • Behavior specialist
  • Primary therapist, co-therapist, or mobile therapist

Which department am I in?

Herron School of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
US$37,018.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

420 University Blvd,



46202, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Minimum admission requirements for the Master of Science degree include undergraduate courses in basic biology, including cell biology and genetics, general and organic chemistry, physics, and mathematics, including calculus. Biochemistry is recommended. Coursework deficiencies should be addressed during the first year of enrollment. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 (B). Scores on each section of the GRE general test should exceed 55 percent.

For international students

Students seeking admission to the MA in Art Therapy degree program should demonstrate commitment to


• A bachelor's degree

English Language requirement

Most commonly, students submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. TOEFL scores must total 79 or higher on the internet-based test (550 or higher on the paper-based test). IELTS scores must total 6.5 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.