Receive a Ph.D. in Art Therapy from Notre Dame de Namur University

The Department of Art Therapy Psychology at Notre Dame de Namur University offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Art Therapy that is designed to train students as both researchers and practitioners. The doctoral program builds on the strong tradition the Art Therapy Master’s Program at NDNU has held in educating art therapists for 33 years. The program, designed to produce leaders in the field, is one of the few programs of its kind. It is the only Ph.D. Art Therapy program currently offered in the U.S.

The Art Therapy profession has progressed such that a master’s degree no longer serves as the terminal degree in the field. Art Therapists have made significant progress in developing skills in the clinical application of Art Therapy and in art therapy research. Now there is a growing need for an increased level of excellence that can be achieved at the doctoral level in training clinicians and researchers, as well as providing for advanced scholarship and teaching.

Individuals who obtain the Ph.D. will be at the forefront in career options, including teaching in the field, research, clinical technician work, and international job opportunities.

Program benefits. Who should apply?

  • Individuals looking to become pioneers in the field of Art Therapy and to contribute to the local, national, and international development and recognition of the profession.
  • Prospective and current educators wishing to strengthen their educational credentials in the field of Art Therapy.
  • Practicing Art Therapists who wish to contribute to the advancement of the profession through research that develops the evidence base for their work.
  • Visionaries who seek to pioneer pedagogical practices which will help to advance understanding of art as a way of knowing the human experience.
  • Career-changers who sense the growing demand for Ph.D.’s in Art Therapy and the opportunity to become the new leaders in the field. 

Admissions Requirements:

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in art therapy or in a related field
  • Graduate-level courses in designated subject areas
  • Documented completion of academic work required for registration as an Art Therapist, or partially completed with full completion before the end of first year of doctoral work
  • Documented minimum of two years of clinical work in the field
  • Portfolio of 10 -12 images of art work of different media
  • Three professional recommendations
  • Submission of one published article or a scholarly academic writing on an art therapy subject in publication acceptable form
  • Interview with the department chair