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Dear Prospective Student,

Have you been searching for a career that combines your desire to help others with your passion for the healing value of creativity and art making? The CACREP accredited and AATA approved Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program at Ursuline enables students to combine those interests in a unique professional program, and prepares graduates to be eligible for both licensure as professional clinical mental health counselors and credentialing as art therapists. 

The program’s philosophy incorporates a broad range of theoretical approaches, and the development of each student's professional identity and theoretical approach is stressed. Service learning trips that allow for immersion experiences in various countries are offered yearly, and a mentoring program to support students as they adjust to their role as graduate students and emerging professionals is available. 

Students study in active, collaborative classrooms in a new state of the art facility equipped with classrooms, studio, and observation/taping areas. Core faculty members, who are experienced counselors and art therapists with expertise in a variety of specializations, along with several adjuncts, supervisors, and other outside experts contribute to the learning and professional development of our students.

The program is based on a three year or 8 semester model with spring, summer and fall starts, as well as spring and fall graduation. The extra time is needed in order to fully prepare you for the dual credentialing in both counseling and art therapy, but individual pacing is also available. Some students move quickly through the program, while others who have multiple responsibilities such as family and work, may take the time they need without overloading themselves. The employment rate for graduates is 100% for those seeking jobs. The program has a 78% completion rate and has recently seen growth with 81 students enrolled in the fall 2018 semester. Fifteen students graduated in 2017-2018, and 91% passed the National Counseling Exam (NCE) which is above the national average. 100% of alumni have passed the ATR-BC test.    

We hope you consider Ursuline as you pursue your career goals, and please do contact us with any questions you many have. I hold information sessions multiple times throughout the year, and we welcome your attendance and visit to Ursuline! Contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 440-646-8119 or graduateadmissions@ursuline.edu for information.

Gail Rule-Hoffman, M.Ed., LPC-S, ATR-BC, LICDC-S
Professor and Program Director, Counseling and Art Therapy Department

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Mission and Goals

The Master of Arts in Counseling and Art Therapy Program provides education and training in clinical mental health counseling and art therapy. Students learn to aid clients in exploring personal potentials and problems through both visual and verbal expression.

Graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of clinical, education, and human service institutions, including hospitals, children’s agencies, mental health and counseling centers, correctional and geriatric facilities, hospice care and wellness centers to name a few.

At Ursuline, the individual professional development of each student is nurtured. A wide range of placements are available for internships, and students are encouraged to develop areas of expertise in line with their strengths and interests.

Accreditation and Approvals: CACREP, OCSWMFT, AATA


The Counseling and Art Therapy program (M.A., 65 credit hours) is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). It is also approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board (OCSWMFT), and by the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). Note: The 55 credit option is approved only by the American Art Therapy Association.
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