We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017. Applications received from this point on will be held for consideration for Fall 2018.  The deadline for complete applications for Fall 2018 is Friday, December 1, 2017.  Please check this website regularly for possible changes to Fall 2018 requirements. 

Admissions Requirements for Fall 2017

Note: Complete applications are reviewed first. A complete application includes all art and psychology pre-requisites documented on transcripts, a Bachelor's degree documented on a transcript, prerequisite checklist form, test score, autobiography, portfolio with thumbnail list and statement, letters of recommendation, and online video interview. (See below for details.)

Prerequisites in Art

A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hour credits (or twenty-seven [27] quarter-hour credits) of study in studio art which demonstrates proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making. It is imperative that the applicant evidence a range of experience using a variety of art materials and processes. The art prerequisites are not named, but they must be studio art courses that involve art-making and have course prefixes that indicate they are art-making courses. Art history, art appreciation and any other non-art-making courses are not considered studio art and will not be counted as a prerequisite. An official transcript documenting this must be sent to Graduate Admissions. (Electronic transcript must be emailed to Graduate Admissions, not the department. The email address to use for electronic transcripts is graduateadmission@lmu.edu.)

Prerequisites in Psychology

A minimum of twelve (12) semester hour credits (or eighteen [18] quarter-hour credits) of study in psychology, which must include developmental psychology (child, adolescent, or lifespan) and abnormal psychology. Please send a course description for review if the prefix of the psychology course does not start with PSYCH, PSYC, PSY. An official transcript documenting this must be sent to Graduate Admissions. (Electronic transcript must be emailed to Graduate Admissions, not the department. The email address to use for electronic transcripts is graduateadmission@lmu.edu.)

Other Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. Priority review is given to applications with complete a bachelor's degree posted prior to applying to the program. An official transcript documenting this must be sent to Graduate Admissions. (Electronic transcript must be emailed to Graduate Admissions, not the department. The email address to use for electronic transcripts is graduateadmission@lmu.edu.)
  • Testing: GRE scores or a satisfactory score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test. We recommend all applicants take one of these exams prior to applying to ensure a complete application. Official test scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should focus on relevant professional, volunteer and/or mental health experience. When filling out the online application, you will need to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. The recommenders will then receive an automated email prompting them with instructions on how to submit an electronic letter on your behalf. To ensure that your letters of recommendation are received by the deadline, please initiate this process early enough to allow your recommenders to submit the letters on time. If your recommenders are not able to submit letters electronically, they may submit paper letters, but the letters must be accompanied by this Letter of Recommendation Cover Form.
  • Prerequisite Checklist. Download and fill out the checklist. (Please abbreviate the term dates to fit the box; for example, "Sp15", "Su15," "F15". Then, using the following format as a file name, "LastName FirstName Checklist", email it to: lgloyd@lmu.edu.
  • Autobiography: Ten to fifteen page autobiography with emphasis on personal life experiences and pivotal points making reference to psychological content. Using the following format as a file name, "LastName FirstName Bio, please email this file as a PDF or Word doc to lgloyd@lmu.edu.
  • Portfolio and Statement: A portfolio of art work is required which should include a variety of media in 10-15 images with statements on three (3) images. Submit the portfolio as a single document utilizing the MFTH Art Portfolio and Statements Template. Using the following format as a file name, "LastName FirstName Portfolio", please email this file as a PDF or Word doc to lgloyd@lmu. Do not email individual images.
  • Online Interview: Please read all the instructions before you begin your video recording through the SparkHire platform.
    • Please click on the SparkHire link which will be added later in 2017 to this page (for Fall 2018 applications).
    • The link will direct you to LMU's Marital and Family Therapy/Art Therapy SparkHire interview website.
    • Once there, clink on the INTERVIEW NOW button.
    • You will then be directed to confirm your information, click CONFIRM MANUALLY
    • You will then be directed to create a SparkHire account.
    • From there, follow the onscreen instructions.
    • You will be guided through the process of answering five interview questions. You will have an opportunity to preview and re-answer each question twice.
    • Once you answer a question, you will be given the opportunity to either re-answer that question or submit it before moving on to the next question. Once you submit the answer to a question, you will be unable to re-record that specific question. If you re-record an answer, the previous response to that question will have been erased.
    • If you need any assistance please contact SparkHire by clink the CONTACT SUPPORT link at the bottom of the SparkHire website.

If you have any personal challenges which would hinder you from using an online video recording platform, please email the department at lgloyd@lmu. with your concern. As noted above, for technical issues while using the platform please contact SparkHire.

Candidates who advance to an in-person interview will be scheduled to attend a weekend group interview on either Saturday, February 11 or Sunday, February 12, 2017 on the LMU campus.

For additional information, please read our page of Frequently Asked Questions.

Submit an online application to this program.

Transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation must be sent to Graduate Admissions:

Graduate Admissions
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, Suite 1840
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

Prerequisite checklist, autobiography, and portfolio must be emailed to lgloyd@lmu.edu following the formatting instructions above.