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Master of Art Therapy Admissions Requirements


Each student admitted to the degree program must successfully complete the following requirements within 12 months of admission. Course work should include credits taken prior to admission.

  • A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hour credits of study in studio art.
  • A minimum of twelve (12) semester hour credits of study in psychology which must include developmental psychology and abnormal psychology.

Admission to the Art Therapy Program is highly competitive and is limited based on availability of qualified faculty and student to faculty ratios. All students may not be admitted.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates for admission must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. If previous graduate work has been completed, GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale is required.

Students will be eligible for regular admission in the following circumstances: 

  • GRE score (verbal + quantitative) + [GPA cumulative) x 100] = 620 or more
  • MAT score (minimum 385) + [GPA (upper division) X 100] = 700 or more 
  • Students must submit official transcripts for all college-level coursework completed, directly to the graduate admissions office. An unofficial transcript must also be submitted to the Coordinator of the Art Therapy Program.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements 

  1. Students are required to submit a portfolio of 12 original works of art created within the past two years. 
  2. The Admission Committee may evaluate artwork by the following:
    • During a face-to-face interview or
    • Submission of a CD

If artwork is submitted in digital format, files must be saved as Jpegs, Tiffs or in PDF format. Individual file sizes may not exceed 6M and all should be submitted on a CD which includes a descriptive list of the contents.  Images may be presented in PowerPoint format or other easily navigated formats, or an URL may be submitted in lieu of a CD.

    3.  Students are required to submit three letters of
         recommendation. These letters are to be completed by
         persons who are best able to judge the student’s academic
         and professional qualifications. There are no standardized
         formats for letters of recommendations. 

    • Originality
    • Presentation
    • Craftsmanship
    • Elements of Art
    • Composition
    • Variety

    4.  A personal interview may be requested as part of the
         admissions evaluation.

Provisional Admission Requirements

Provisional admission may be offered to a student to be determined by the Art Therapy Admissions Committee.  Provisional students should have all application materials in, but may not meet the exact qualifications for regular admission- i.e. low testing on GRE or MAT, low GPA, art portfolio does not meet criteria, or letters of recommendation not received.

To exit provisional admission and to be classified as a regular student, students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 on all courses during the first nine (9) hours of the program and approval by the degree program coordinator.

Enrollment Procedures

Students seeking to enroll into the graduate study programs at Georgia College may complete an application online or return it to the Georgia College, Main Campus, Graduate Admissions Office, Campus Box 107, Milledgeville, GA 31061. A non-refundable application fee is required unless the applicant has been enrolled within the past 6 years or has paid the fee within the past 6 years.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 800-342-0471 (in Georgia) or 478-445-6289. After consultation with art therapy advisor, enrollment may be completed on-line during designated times.


A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies.

A graduate student will be dismissed if the student is placed on academic probation for more than one semester, receives more than one C during his or her graduate studies, or fails to comply with policy, procedures, and expectations as defined in the Master of Art Therapy Graduate Handbook.


I: Professional Progress Review:

At the end of the second (2nd) semester enrolled and the fourth (4th) semester enrolled, each student participates in a Professional Progress Review (PPR). The PPR is an evaluative process used to determine the student’s progress in the program. It includes a self-assessment as well as evaluation by faculty. Satisfactory progress in the program is necessary prior to advancing to the next phase of graduate program. Serious academic or interpersonal deficiencies may result in termination from the program. 


After successful completion of the written comprehensive examination, the student will choose a graduate committee to include the student’s advisor, one professor from a supportive field area within the specified concentration, and one professor from any supportive field area. This committee will review the proposal for the thesis or clinical project and upon acceptance of the proposal the thesis or clinical project may be implemented. The student will arrange the defense meeting with the committee when master’s thesis, or clinical project is completed.


  1. Submit a complete application for graduate study and all supporting documents to the Graduate Admissions Office.       
  2. Consult with the faculty advisor for development of a program of study.
  3. Participate in the Professional Progress Review at designated times.
  4. Complete courses with a 3.0 GPA.
  5. Complete a comprehensive exam.
  6. Choose a graduate committee.
  7. Submit a proposal for the clinical project or thesis.
  8. Complete the Final Clinical Project or Thesis defense.
  9. Submit a written application for graduation by the date specified in the official University Calendar.

Synthesis Requirement

All students who expect to complete requirements for the MAT degree must demonstrate synthesis of knowledge/skill prior to graduation. Synthesis may be demonstrated by successful completion of either a master’s thesis, or clinical project.

Contact Information
Dr.  Patrick Varallo
Director of Art Therapy Graduate Program
Campus Box 67
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone 478-445-2646
Fax 478-445-4532
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