MS - Art Therapy Concentration


  • East Falls Campus
  • College of Health Professions

Degree Earned

  • Master of Science

Program Length
2 years

Program Type

  • On Campus

Bachelor Degree 
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Program Information

Name: Sheryl Cooley
Department: Community & Trauma Counseling

Jefferson - East Falls Campus
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Concentration Coordinator

Name: Rachel Brandoff, PhD, ATR-BC, ATCS, LCAT
Position: Coordinator Art Therapy Concentration, Community & Trauma Counseling

Jefferson- East Falls Campus
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Admissions Information

To apply, submit an application along with a fee of $50 to Jefferson.

After submitting the application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your supporting application materials listed below through your online MyJefferson account. If you prefer, you may also mail your materials to:

Thomas Jefferson University
Graduate Application Document Processing
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

You will receive a MyJefferson identification number via email once you submit your application for admission. Be sure to include your name and MyJefferson ID on all documents that you mail to Jefferson.

Supporting Materials

Transcripts: Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions you have attended and/or from which you earned credit. Official transcripts can be sent electronically by the institution to or mailed to the address above.

Personal Statement: In 1250 words or less, please respond to the following:

    Personal reflection on your reasons for choosing a career in counseling, and specifically trauma-focused counseling.

    Highlight personal qualities or characteristics that will serve you well in this graduate program and in the counseling profession more broadly. 

    Letters of Recommendation: Submit two letters of reference that provide insight into your academic competence. References from college or university faculty members are recommended. You may request recommendations through your MyJefferson account.

    Résumé: A current professional résumé is required.

    Portfolio: Submit a portfolio meeting the following requirements:

                        - 20-25 pieces should be submitted
                        - The images should represent a variety of media, including two- and                         three-dimensional work 
                        - Pieces should demonstrate personal expression and technical skills                         in a range of styles and subject matter
                        - Film/video/new media pieces can be no longer than 30 minutes,                         cued to a 5-minute section for review. These can be submitted                         through a link to an online video

Additional Requirements for International Coursework

Students who have taken coursework outside of the United States should submit a course-by-course academic credential evaluation from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member credentialing organization. Applicants who do not have a NACES evaluation are required to submit official transcripts, along with an official English translation, to Jefferson for review. Thomas Jefferson University reserves the right to outsource student academic credentials to our NACES member partner for evaluation.

Application Deadlines

To be considered complete and eligible for review, all supporting materials must be received by the deadline.

Summer Final Deadline: June 15


Before applying to Jefferson, you should review the prerequisites required for admission for your program of interest. Our admissions team is available to assist with questions and to provide guidance on your next steps.

Degree & GPA

Degree Prerequisite: Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to the start of the program.

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants are required to complete the following prerequisite coursework prior to entry into the program at a regionally accredited institution.

Courses Credits
Abnormal Psychology  3
Developmental Psychology/Human Development  3
Other Psychology Course 3
Studio-Art* 18

*Should include both 2D and 3D work spread across various media and techniques. At least 12 credit hours must be completed prior to beginning the art therapy coursework. The remaining 6 hours can be completed after starting art therapy coursework but within the first year. Cannot include Art history, Intro to Art Therapy, or studio courses within an Art Therapy program. Can have up to 6 credits of studio coursework waived if a portfolio demonstrating competency is approved. Can use non-credit art instruction (in place of credit-bearing studio classes) accrued at a rate of 15 hours = 1 credit.  

Prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "B" or better. Courses taken pass/fail or courses without a letter grade will not satisfy the prerequisites.


Contact us for more information about this program, how to apply for admission, and your application status.

Phone: 215-951-2800