If you have the motivation for self-discovery and the academic background to pursue a rigorous graduate degree in the fields of counseling and art therapy, your graduate school search will lead you to Southwestern.
Southwestern College offers a holistic perspective in all our degree programs, whether you seek a Master’s degree in Counseling, Art Therapy/Counseling or Art Therapy for Clinical Professionals. We are an especially good fit if you are an adult learner who wants to deepen and enhance your relationship to life, while enhancing your professional skills in psychology.
Prior to completing an application, please review the admissions requirements for the degree program of your choice:
Requirements include undergraduate prerequisite coursework and, in Art Therapy/Counseling, an art portfolio. International students must review program admissions requirements as well as contact the Director of Enrollment Services for international student admission requirements.
Southwestern College admits M.A. students in the fall and winter quarters. We have rolling admission which means you can apply anytime. However, we have deadlines to assist our applicants in the process of applying for financial aid, graduate assistantships, and scholarships. These are:
Fall (September entry): January 31 Winter (January entry): September 1 Spring (April entry): January 20
Applicants who wish to transfer from other M.A. programs in Counseling or Art Therapy/ Counseling must have their graduate coursework evaluated for equivalency to determine the degree requirements they must meet at Southwestern College.
All M.A. degree applicants must submit the following:
Personal statement describing professional and educational goals and intentions. This should be approximately 3 pages or 1500 words (upload)
Email addresses of two references (one professional and one academic, or two professional if unable to obtain academic references). References will be contacted via email to electronically complete the recommendation form. Recommendations from family members and Southwestern College faculty or students are not acceptable.
$50 application fee (via credit card)
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Please have electronic copies sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or paper copies sent to SWC’s mailing address below.
After all items have been received, students must have an admissions interview. Please contact Dru Phoenix or Courtney Shackelford to schedule your interview.
Transcripts and related admissions records become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another institution.
Applicants are notified of admissions decisions in writing as soon as possible after the completion of the application process.
In accordance with the common practice of academic institutions, admissions decisions are not subject to negotiation or appeal. Each year, the College receives applications from many qualified people. From the pool of qualified applicants, the College accepts those students whose skills and goals appear to be the best match for the educational opportunities provided at Southwestern College.
For questions concerning admissions see our FAQ or, please contact: