About the MAAT Program

"I love the caliber of the faculty and the comradery and diversity of the students.”

Ginger Wallace, current MAAT student and a full-time Web designer from North Carolina

"As an ATR supervisor, I appreciate the professionalism, insight and skills the SMWC students bring to the internship site.”

Nancy Groover, ATR and MAAT instructor from Indiana

The Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree program began in January 2000, and was designed for women and men who utilize or plan to utilize art in therapy and art as therapy.  The program’s distance learning format through online classes provides the opportunity for graduate study to individuals who cannot take extended time off from professional and family responsibilities, or who do not have access to graduate art therapy education in their home states.

The purpose of the program is to prepare women and men, personally and professionally, to fulfill their roles as responsible and ethical art therapists. The program provides education for allied health professionals who are not trained as an art therapist but who desire advanced training in art therapy. Others may enroll in the program for personal enrichment. The 50 semester credit hour curriculum is designed according to the educational guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association. The curriculum offers a focus in spirituality/creativity. Emphasis is given to the understanding and applying theories of art therapy, counseling and psychopathology as related to the development of the therapeutic self.

Program Goals

The goal of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy degree program is to educate students on theory and techniques that facilitate the use of creativity through art media for emotional, psychological, and spiritual growth.

 Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the art therapy degree program will be able to:

Art Therapist Career Options include (adapted from the AATA website)