Art Therapy

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

Herron's Art Therapy program is developed to meet the educational requirements as mandated by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA) and The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In addition, the curriculum is developed to prepare students with the classroom and clinical instruction in preparation for eventual licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Indiana.


All AATA approved programs require prerequisite courses in studio art (18 credits) and psychology (12 credits), including developmental psychology (3 credits) and abnormal psychology (3 credits).

You do not have to complete these credits before you apply, but they must be completed before the start of the first semester of the art therapy master’s program.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not a requirement.

Application components

  • Complete the online application
    1. Visit IUPUI’s online graduate application.  Please note: SAFARI and CHROME users must enable pop-ups and third-party cookies in order for the application to function properly. 
    2. On the “Application Information” tab within the IUPUI online graduate application, you must select a Fall term in the “Term” section.  Herron does not admit students into the Art Therapy M.A. program in Spring or Summer terms. 
  • Personal statement and resume

    Upload a 2-3 page (approximately 500 words) statement describing how you developed an interest in art therapy, what led you to the art therapy program at Herron, and what your future goals are as an art therapist.  Your resume should be uploaded in the “Additional Uploads” section of the application and should outline professional and volunteer experiences.

  • Recommendations

    Provide contact information (including names, street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of three faculty members or professional references who will submit letters of recommendation via the online application system.

    After you submit the application, the online system will e-mail your contacts with instructions on how to submit their recommendations electronically.  They will respond to several prompts by rating your abilities on a given scale.  They will also have the opportunity to type, paste or upload a letter into the system.  The letters should address your potential for academic success in the art therapy graduate program. 

  • Transcripts


    Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and applicable graduate programs you have attended. Contact each school and request that your official transcript be sent directly to Herron. Official transcripts are not required from IUPUI or another IU campus.

    Transcripts must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, as well as 18 or more credit hours of studio art and 12 credit hours of psychology, including developmental psychology (3 credits) and abnormal psychology (3 credits). These prerequisite credits do not have to be completed before applying to the program, but they must be completed before the start of the first semester of the art therapy master’s program. If the original transcripts are not in English, the documents must be in the native language and must be accompanied by verified English translations.

    If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree when you apply, a transcript showing your first three years of study is acceptable. If admitted to Herron, you must submit a final, official transcript to the Office of Admissions and Student Services, verifying the completion and award of your degree prior to your matriculation.

    Transcripts may be mailed to:

    Herron School of Art and Design
    Office of Admissions and Student Services
    c/o Graduate Admissions
    735 W. New York Street HR 126
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5222

    Electronic Transcripts

    Herron accepts official transcripts that are electronically generated from official university or college system. We do not accept emailed PDFs of transcripts.

    Electronic transcripts may be sent 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.

  • Portfolio

    Submit your potfolio online at  The cost to use the site is $10.  The portfolio should include 10-15 pieces of artwork that show 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 for international applicants

    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 iBT (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.

  • Further documentation for international applicants

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

Application fees

  • IUPUI online graduate application fee: $60 for U.S. citizens, $65 for international applicants.
  • Herron portfolio submission fee: $10 (non-refundable; cannot be waived)

Herron will waive the $60 online application fee for U.S. citizens who attend the Herron Grad Open House or who talk with a Herron representative at the Chicago Graduate Portfolio Day event. Unfortunately, the $65 online application fee for international students cannot be waived.


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 deadline

The fall admission deadline is February 1. This program does not accept applications for spring or summer admission.


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