Information Sessions

Register today to attend an info session and learn more about our program. All information sessions are held both online and in-person.

Information Session: MA in Art Therapy

Graduate Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Assistance offers financial aid in the form of Federal Direct Stafford, Federal Direct Graduate PLUS, and private alternative loans to students who have been admitted to one of our graduate degree or approved graduate certificate programs. Visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance in the ground floor of the Marvin Center to learn more.

Admission Requirements

General Requirements


Studio Art Requirements

  • A minimum of 18 credit hours in studio art are required for admission to the program, including:
    • 3 credits in painting,
    • 3 credits in drawing, and
    • 3 credits in figurative clay work.
  • These courses should be reflected on your transcripts, and must be earned with a grade of B or higher (B- is not accepted).
  • Your portfolio should include several examples of your work in the above three categories.


Psychology Requirements

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours in psychology are required, including:
    • 3 credits in abnormal psychology and
    • 3 credits in child or human development.
  • These courses should be reflected on your transcripts, and must be earned with a grade of B or higher (B- is not accepted).


Portfolio Specifics

  • Your portfolio should be submitted in the form of high quality digital photos through GoogleDrive or Dropbox. Artwork should be presented in either one folder (do not create a folder for each piece) or in a PowerPoint.
    • Please share your GoogleDrive or Dropbox folder with artx@gwu.edu .
  • 15-20 pieces are recommended.
  • Your portfolio should include examples of drawing, painting, and figurative clay work.
  • Your portfolio should demonstrate personal expression as well as technical skills in a range of media and subject matter (i.e. include personal artwork, not just class assignments).
  • Figurative work in two and three dimensional media should be included. While we do not favor one artistic style over another, we need to see evidence of representational work to be able to assess your ability to assist clients.

Online Application

All application materials should be submitted with your online application, except the portfolio (see above).

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Meet the Director

Heidi Bardot received her Masters in Art Therapy from GW. She has presented and conducted workshops nationally and internationally on issues of war, secondary trauma, self-care, resiliency, grief, and promoting peace and hope.