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Adler University

PhD in Art Therapy Program

Chicago, IL


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Adler University


Ph.D. in Art Therapy

Help further the field of art therapy as a researcher, educator or practitioner committed to social justice. Our distinguished program offers students who hold a Master’s degree in Art Therapy, Counseling or related field, a unique opportunity to advance their career as a leader in art therapy. Students apply real-world experience, research and intellectual curiosity to help others through creative expression.

Additionally, you will complete a doctoral dissertation, which provides students with the opportunity to engage in in-depth scholarship on an important issue in the field of art therapy it and the venue to demonstrate their skills in advanced research.

Admissions Requirements

For each student, completion of the degree program requires:

  • A master’s degree, by the date of matriculation, in art therapy or a related discipline.
  • Applicants who did not graduate from Adler University’s Master of Arts in Counseling: Art Therapy or an equivalent program will be required to complete the equivalency requirements in addition to the doctoral curriculum.
  • Proof of registration as an art therapist or 18 hours of studio credit hours.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale) in their master’s degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's likelihood of success in a doctoral program.

Create Lasting Social Change

Founded in 1952, Adler University graduates socially responsible practitioners — educated to be effective agents of social change in the pursuit of justice. Our rigorous programs and passionate faculty provide the tools, skills and real-world experience needed to address society’s most challenging issues.

Adler University offers graduate degrees designed for social change in psychology, counseling, family therapy and public service. Put your passion to work in a program uniquely dedicated to engaging communities and advancing social justice — online or at our Chicago or Vancouver campuses.

Institute Accreditation

Adler University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. (230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500 Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413, 800-621-7440 / 312-263-7462,,

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and qualifies graduates to sit for the national licensure examination. American Psychological Association (APA) (750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5510,

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required

Location & Contact

Address 17 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL  60602
United States

Phone: 312-662-4000