Application information and requirements for the master of science (M.S.) degree program in art therapy are listed below.

Application Process


  • Application priority deadline: December 15 for fall admission
  • Final application deadline: February 1 for fall admission*
  • To be considered for merit-based awards, please submit your application by February 1.

*Please note we are continuing to accept applications on a rolling basis through the end of June.

To be eligible for the program, prospective students must meet the following requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in art, art education, psychology, or related field from an accredited institution in the United States or have the equivalent academic preparation from an institution outside of the United States.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Candidates with prior graduate study must demonstrate a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completed prerequisite coursework in art and psychology including:
  • Studio arts (minimum of 18 semester-hour credits or 27 quarter-hour credits): Includes courses such as design, drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, 3-D design or other electives in studio art.
  • Psychology (minimum of 12 semester-hour credits or 18 quarter-hour credits): Must include developmental psychology and abnormal psychology. Can also include general psychology, personality, or electives in psychology.
  • If any of the prerequisite credits have not been earned prior to admission, they must be completed no later than 12 months after beginning the program. Prerequisite credits completed after admission to the program are not counted as credit toward the degree.

Completed applications must include:

  • Online application.
  • Academic transcript. Unofficial transcript uploaded to the online application. If you are admitted, an official, degree-bearing transcript must be mailed to the University. Applicants must complete a U.S. bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent in another country) before starting a graduate program.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Consult online application for details.
  • Submit an artwork portfolio that includes 15-20 images in at least three studio areas confirming a range of media competence and creativity including: work in two-dimensions, three-dimensions, and color. Refer to the bottom of this page for portfolio submission information and requirements.
  • Personal statement. Describe in approximately 500 words your main academic interests, why you wish to study for the degree you have chosen, why you wish to study at Syracuse University, how you expect to finance your studies, and your plans for the future after you receive your degree. Upload directly to the online application.
  • Academic writing sample. Include a sample of strong academic writing (no more than 10 pages), which should be uploaded directly to the online application.
  • Resume. Upload directly to the online application.
  • Application fee: A non-refundable application fee of $75. See online application for details.
  • International students must also meet these requirements.

A personal interview is also required for admission. During the personal interview faculty assess the applicant’s learning style against the challenges and demands of a hybrid low-residency model. Students need to be independent learners, comfortable with technology, and must demonstrate writing proficiency. Students must also be able to purchase a variety of art materials and identify a place where they are able to engage in art making on a regular basis to participate fully in course assignments. These requirements are discussed with candidates during the interview process.

Technical Prerequisites

In order to be successful in a hybrid low-residency program students need to meet the following technical prerequisites prior to starting the program.

Students will need to have access to a computer and a printer, as well as internet access to log in to their Syracuse University email and Blackboard accounts. At a minimum, students need the following to participate in online courses at Syracuse University:

  • PC or Macintosh computer with 4 gigabytes of RAM
  • Minimum of 10 gigabytes of available disk space
  • Sound card with speakers or headphones and a webcam
  • Microsoft Office or OpenOffice
  • Internet access – broadband (cable, DSL, or FILOS)
  • A supported web browser
  • Plugins – Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Java

Students will also need to be computer literate to participate and be successful in the program. Online classes will involve rich media such as audio, movies, and graphics. Students need to be able to view these media correctly on their computer. They also need to know how to download and upload files from their computer. Basic Microsoft Office skills are also recommended. Technical support is provided to students through the University’s ITS Service Center. Students can email or call for assistance. These admission requirements and recommendations are discussed with students during their personal interview.

Submitting Your Portfolio Online

Applicants may submit their portfolios online. Portfolios may be submitted before or after your application.

Submit your portfolio and artist statement to us online in Slideroom. Upload images (.jpg), video (.mov, .wmv, .flv) or PDF documents. For good image quality and fast upload speeds, your image files should be sized around 1024 x 768px @ 72 ppi. Please keep video files under 20MB (approximately 5 minutes). Our online portal offers additional instructions for submitting work. For technical assistance, contact . The cost to submit by uploading is $12.