Art Therapy

Apply to Herron's M.A. in art therapy program

Herron's art therapy program was developed to meet the educational requirements of Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). In addition, the curriculum prepares students with classroom and clinical instruction in preparation to apply as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the state of Indiana.


Herron's art therapy program requires prerequisite courses in studio art (18 credits) and psychology (12 credits), including developmental psychology (3 credits) and abnormal psychology (3 credits).

Applicants applying for fall admission must complete all prerequisite courses before the start of the spring semester.

Application components

To begin the application process, visit IU Indianapolis' online graduate application.

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You will be asked to provide contact details (i.e. names, street addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses) of three recommenders – faculty members or professional references – who will submit letters of recommendation through the online application system.

Recommenders will only receive an electronic request after you've submitted your online application. In the online framework, they will be asked to discuss aspects of your academic or professional performance, knowledge, skills, and abilities. Recommenders must submit their recommendations electronically.

Be prepared to submit a 500- to 750-word personal statement outlining your reasons for applying to the art therapy master's degree program, including a concise overview of your previous experiences that qualify you for the program as well as your future career goals.

Additionally, upload your résumé outlining your professional and other relevant pursuits.

Official transcripts from each institution you attended must be sent to Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services. Official transcripts must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and completion of a bachelor's degree.

If you are in the process of completing a bachelor's degree when you apply, a transcript showing your academic record through your current term of study is acceptable. If admitted to Herron, you must submit a final, official transcript verifying the completion and award of your degree.

For international students, if the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts.

Submitting electronic transcripts

If your institution(s) can submit official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to

If your school is sending limited-time login credentials that allow us to access their transcript system, be sure to make your request during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST).

Emailed unofficial PDFs of transcripts will not be accepted.

Submitting mailed hard copies

If there is an extenuating circumstance preventing the submission of official electronic transcripts, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at with an explanation and a representative will provide detailed mailing instructions.

Submit 10 images online at The works of art should demonstrate competency in a variety of 2D and 3D media and demonstrate a personal connection to art-making as a means of self-discovery.

If you are selected to participate in an in-person interview, your portfolio will be reviewed as a part of the interview process.

Proof of English proficiency is required for international students unless the applicant's undergraduate degree is from a university that is located in a country where English is the official language.

Most commonly, students submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. TOEFL scores must total 79 or higher on the internet-based test (550 or higher on the paper-based test). IELTS scores must total 6.5 or higher.

Applicants must request that an official copy of their test results be sent directly to IU Indianapolis by the testing agency. The IU Indianapolis reporting code for TOEFL is 1325. Other tests or ELS coursework may be accepted in order to verify English proficiency.

For a list of all options and minimum scores required, please see the IU Indianapolis Office of International Affairs English Requirements.

For a full list of required documents, please visit the IU Indianapolis Office of International Affairs.


As the final step in the application process, semi-finalists will be contacted for an interview, during which candidates should be prepared to discuss their portfolio.

Application fees

  • IU Indianapolis online graduate application fee: $70 for all applicants
  • Herron SlideRoom portfolio fee: $10 (non-refundable; cannot be waived)

Application deadlines

January 15: Deadline to submit your completed online application

January 22: Deadline to submit all supplemental materials


Ask an admissions advisor, or contact Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services directly at 317-278-9400 or