Art Therapy

Our Master of Arts degree in Art Therapy trains professionals in the mental health field to use art as a catalyst for healing and self-actualization. Art therapy aids human development through self-discovery, self-awareness, and personal growth.

Our program will expose you to a variety of theories and approaches related to the practice of art therapy and the field of psychology. Our Master's degree in Art Therapy is approved by the American Art Therapy Association. It prepares you for:

  • Registration (ATR)
  • Board certification (BC) with the Art Therapy Certification Board (ATCB)
  • Pennsylvania licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)*

For more information on our Master's degree in Art Therapy, contact Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell at



Student Organizations

MUSATA (Marywood University Art Therapy Association)

MUSATA is composed of graduate and undergraduate art therapy students with the support of the Marywood art therapy faculty. The main purpose of this group is to network, share personal, artistic, educational, and overall professional growth opportunities. This group strives to promote art therapy as a means of life improvement. MUSATA seeks out volunteer opportunities so that its members can gain experience with a variety of populations while lending a helping hand in accordance with Marywood's curricular goal of service learning. For more information, contact

Past Volunteer Events

MUSATA (Marywood University Student Art Therapy Association) attended the Northeast Suicide Prevention event that occurred on September 6th, 2014 at Linden Street located downtown Scranton, PA.   MUSATA members volunteered to assist with decorating the vine archway leading into the event.  Ribbons, quotes, and pictures were hung throughout the vine archway to advocate for suicide prevention, along with a memoriam wall of victims who had committed suicide. MUSATA Members also participated in the mile “Share the Journey” walk.





2015 Art Therapy Symposium

Work as Worship in 3 Acts: Arrival, The Contemplative Clinician, and Service as a Spiritual Practice

Friday, March 27, 2015
8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Announcing! Annual Marywood Art Therapy Symposium featuring Dr. Michael Franklin

This symposium will focus on approaching Art therapy as an opportunity to surface, blend, and integrate multiple professional identities. Included in the artist-therapist self-structure are other traits including the contemplative, transpersonal, and socially engaged self. Later in the day there will be an afternoon workshop that explores these themes by materializing through clay, the I/Thou relational textures of the empathic imagination.

For more information, contact Dr. Barbara Parker- Bell at

Download the Program Brochure for More Information



Special Features


Sandtray is a form of therapy that allows clients to create their own representations of their world and experiences using miniature figures and sand. Visit our Sandtray website to learn more:

Annual Symposiums

Each year Marywood University’s art therapy department hosts an Art Therapy Symposium. Graduate students, undergraduate students, art therapists, and other members of the community come together for a one day event to learn from presenters who are influential to the field of art therapy. Lecture and art experiential tasks are incorporated throughout the day to enhance learning.  Past presenters include Catherine Moon, Stella Stepney, Bruce Moon, Harriet Wadeson, Janice Hoshino, Shaun McNiff, David Gussack, and many others.

Past Symposiums

2014 Art Therapy Symposium Program Brochure

2013 Art Therapy Symposium Program Brochure




Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell 

Stephanie Wise

Joseph Jaworek



Course Offerings

The Marywood Master of Arts in Art Therapy program runs 60 semester hours and follows the guidelines of the American Art Therapy Association. The core curriculum consists of courses in both Art Therapy and Psychology. Thirty-six credits in Art Therapy, nine credits in Psychology, and six credits in studio art are required. To learn more about the specific courses and prerequisites required for this degree, view our graduate catalog.


Admissions Requirements

Thank you for your interest in the art therapy program at Marywood University. To complete your admissions packet you must send in the following items:

  • Online application
  • Two (2) reference letters
  • Official, unopened transcripts of all academic work, including transfer credits
  • Art portfolio of original work (20 pieces)
  • Resume
  • Essay: GRE or MAT scores must be submitted within your first 18-credits. The scores are NOT part of the admissions process. They are submitted after acceptance.

Essay Requirements

Portfolio Requirements


Your resume and essay can be sent via email to: All other materials must be sent to this address:

Marywood University
Graduate Admissions, LAC 120
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509-1598


For further information please visit



* Registration, board certification and licensure require post graduate art therapy experience and supervision.