Art Therapy

Apply to Herron’s M.A. in Art Therapy program

Herron's Art Therapy program was developed to meet the educational requirements of Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In addition, the curriculum prepares students with classroom and clinical instruction in preparation to apply as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the state of Indiana.


Herron's art therapy program requires prerequisite courses in studio art (18 credits) and psychology (12 credits), including developmental psychology (3 credits) and abnormal psychology (3 credits).

Applicants applying for admission in fall 2021 must complete all prerequisite courses prior to the start of the spring 2021 semester.

Application components

To begin the application process, visit IUPUI's online graduate application.

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You will be required to provide contact information (i.e. names, street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of three recommenders – faculty members or professional references – who will submit letters of recommendation via the online application system.

Recommenders will only receive an electronic request after you've submitted your online application. Through the online system, they will be asked to rate your abilities on a given scale and to submit their recommendation letters electronically.

Be prepared to submit a 2-3 page (approximately 500 words) personal statement describing your intentions for applying to this program, including a concise description of your past experiences that qualify you for this program as well as your future career goals.

Additionally, upload a résumé in the "Additional Uploads" section of the application outlining your professional and volunteer experiences.

Official transcripts from each institution you attended must be sent to Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services. Official transcripts must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and completion of a bachelor's degree.

If you are in the process of completing a bachelor's degree when you apply, a transcript showing your academic record through your current term of study is acceptable. If admitted to Herron, you must submit a final, official transcript verifying the completion and award of your degree.

For international students, if the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts.

Submitting electronic transcripts

If your institution(s) can submit official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to

If your school is sending limited-time login credentials that allow us to access their transcript system, be sure to make your request during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST).

Emailed unofficial PDFs of transcripts will not be accepted.

Submitting mailed hard copies

If there is an extenuating circumstance preventing the submission of official electronic transcripts, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at with an explanation and a representative will provide detailed mailing instructions.

Submit 10-15 images online at The pieces of artwork should demonstrate your experience with different media and an ability to understand the motivations of one's own personal art-making processes.

If you are selected to participate in an in-person interview, your portfolio will be reviewed with you as a part of the interview process.

Proof of English proficiency is required for international students unless the applicant's undergraduate degree is from a university that is located in a country where English is the official language.

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.

Applicants must request that an official copy of their test results be sent directly to IUPUI by the testing agency. The IUPUI reporting code for TOEFL is 1325. Other tests or ELS coursework may be accepted in order to verify English proficiency.

For a list of all options and minimum scores required, please see the IUPUI Office of International Affairs English Requirements.

For a full list of required documents, please visit the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Application fees

  • IUPUI online graduate application fee: $70 for all applicants
  • Herron SlideRoom portfolio fee: $10 (non-refundable; cannot be waived)

Herron will waive the IUPUI online application fee for U.S. citizens who talk with a Herron representative at the Graduate Portfolio Day event in Chicago. The online application fee cannot be waived for international students who participate in the Graduate Portfolio Day event.


Semi-finalists will be contacted for an on-campus interview as the final step of the application process. Candidates should be prepared to discuss their portfolio during the interview.

Application deadlines

February 1: Deadline to submit your completed online application

February 15: Deadline to submit all supplemental materials


Ask an admissions advisor, or contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services directly at 317-278-9400 or