Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy

Expressive Arts Therapy Graduate Certificate

Appalachian State University offers a graduate-level Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. The 15-credit hour certificate program is offered on campus and students typically take 1-2 classes per semester, including summers. Students completing the certificate program will hold a Graduate Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy. Graduates interested in seeking to become a Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (REAT) must contact the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association ( for more information.

There are two points of entry for the certificate:

  1. Individuals with a master's degree or higher in a mental health field (e.g., counseling, therapy, social work) are eligible to apply directly to the post-master’s certificate program.
  2. Individuals enrolled in or applying to a master’s degree program in a mental health-related field at App State are eligible to apply to complete the certificate program concurrently with their degree.

Apply to the Certificate Program

All students interested in the Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate Program at Appalachian State University must apply through The Cratis D. Williams Graduate School. The Graduate School processes the applications and sends them to the Department of Counseling, Family Therapy and Higher Education for review.

Application deadline: April 1 (for a Fall semester start) and November 1 (for a spring semester start)

Apply Here

Certificate requirements

Effective Fall 2023 - the Expressive Arts Therapy certificate program will require the completion of 15 credit hours of coursework. See the 2023-2024 Graduate Bulletin for detailed requirements.

  • HPC 6360 Therapy and Expressive Arts
  • HPC 6370 Intermodal Expressive Arts
  • HPC 6390 Current Issues in Expressive Arts Therapy
  • 6 credits of approved electives