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Master of Arts in Art and Healing

Prayer, art, and healing all come from the same source, the human soul. Art and Healing….is about healing ourselves, others, and the earth, by tapping into the creative energy that makes us and keeps us alive.  Mary Rockwood Lane

     The portal of healing and creativity always takes us into the realm of the spirit. Angeles Arrien,     

Overview of Master’s Program

Art frees our inner healer by embracing the passionate, creative source in each one of us, no matter our practice, or our perceived skill as an “artist.” The multi-dimensional pedagogy of Wisdom University is designed to foster and catalyze transformation at both personal and professional levels. The Wisdom University Art and Healing Master’s program is designed to provide an in-depth understanding of the wisdom tradition and the power of creativity. Research shows that creating art in any of its’ forms – painting, dancing, playing music, writing from the heart – can increase health, including symptom control and pain management, can improve learning outcomes, and stimulate innovative thinking.

The Art and Healing Master’s program provides an opportunity to study with teachers who realize this power of art to heal the body, spirit, soul and mind.

Completion of the Master’s program offers students:

A broadened definition of healing;

An understanding of the biological, neurological, physiological, sociological, ecological, and spiritual aspects of art and healing;

Ways for tapping into and reclaiming our own inner artist and healer;

Overview of current global cultural approaches to healing and the historical context to art as healing;

Deeper identification with one’s natural environment, and ways of transforming this knowing into healing practices;

Examples of methods and settings for Art and Healing, including community art, health care and other institutional settings, prisons, earth, and sacred art;

A connection to and ways of sharing the wealth of resources, experience and inspiration with the growing network of pioneering artist/healers.

Admissions Requirements  

Students must have a Bachelors degree or its equivalency. An equivalency consists of documented training beyond a high school degree that is equivalent in hours and requirements to a Bachelors Degree.

A completed Wisdom University Admissions Application must be filed with the Office of Admissions.

Students are encouraged to belong to an academic research library in the area in which they live.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Art and Healing Masters Program must complete seven 5-day Intensives and a Practicum or a Masters Thesis/Project.

Each completed week-long Intensive is counted as 4 credits, allowing students to earn up to 28 credits. Students can choose a Practicum or a Masters Thesis/Project. Completion of either is 4 credits. This brings the total to 32 credits that are required for the Masters degree.

The Masters Program should be completed within a period of three years from initiation of study. Continuations for study beyond 3 years are possible in certain circumstances. These applications must be submitted to the Registrar.

Required Intensives

Wisdom University explores both ancient wisdom traditions and the wisdom culture shaping our future today.

The following seminars are required for the Masters in Art and Healing Program:

1. Wisdom and Civilization, taught annually

2. Any course designated as pertaining to Earth Wisdom and the Primordial Mind

3. Any course designated as pertaining to one of the Mystics or Specific Wisdom Traditions

The remaining four elective Intensives can be selected from courses offered in the Art and Healing Program. Courses can also be taken from a range of other related Wisdom University programs. For example, students might consider courses offered in the Transforming Trauma or Spiritual Direction programs. Please consult with your Major Advisor to ensure that your choice of Intensives fulfills your Master’s requirements.    


People from all over the globe rely on the power of art and culture to preserve, heal, reconcile and peace-build

The Practicum is designed to assist the student in developing projects, centers, clients or initiatives that demonstrate that the student both understands the fundamentals of Art and Healing and can credibly design and carry out a project. The Practicum can be started early in the Masters Program with approval of your Major Advisor. The Practicum project requires a written summary for credit to be received. 

Topic and Criteria for Writing a Masters Thesis  

A student may choose to write a Masters thesis, with a minimum of 50 pages and maximum of 100. Alternatively, one may choose an experiential, work-oriented project, or creative artwork, both requiring written documentation. This thesis will be developed with the advice and under the supervision of the Major Advisor.

Upon completion of the enrollment process, all Masters students will be directed to meet with the Director of Student Advising, Judith Yost, for general academic advice, advice concerning the selection of a specific thesis topic within the realm of Art and Healing, and assistance in selecting the appropriate Major Advisor. Non Thesis Masters students will work with the Director of Student Advising for general academic advice until a Practicum Advisor is selected.

1. Each thesis must demonstrate graduate level competency in writing and knowledge. Theses may be focused on research, a creative project, teaching project, or other projects that clearly demonstrate the student's creative capacities. The topic of the Masters thesis must be developed and have the approval of the Major Advisor.

2. All dissertations without exception must follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style of writing. This format allows for uniformity in university dissertations and provides a common standard to which all students must adhere in preparing their dissertations. If the APA style is not followed, the dissertation will not be admitted.

3. Demonstration of Subject/Object Synthesis.  At most universities, the requirement for papers is exclusively for objective, dispassionate analysis and research. At Wisdom University, we turn this on its head and require both a rigorous demonstration that the student understands the content of the course or thesis project, and can use footnotes, bibliographies, proper formatting, etc. as well as demonstrate an equally rigorous insight into his or her interior journey as a result of learning the content at hand.

Passing the Masters Thesis

Once a thesis has been completed to the satisfaction of the Major Advisor, it is submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for final evaluation. The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the discretion to require further writing, modifications or research to ensure that the particular thesis conforms to Wisdom University standards of excellence.

Graduation Requirements for a Masters Degree

1. Student's fees and all financial obligations to Wisdom University must be fully paid, and completion of all requirements for the degree must be met by the third week of February of the graduating year.

2. Students must have their thesis approved by the Vice President for Academic Affairs by March 1 of the graduating year.
A completed bound thesis, required for the Wisdom University library, or the Practicum written summary, must be submitted to Wisdom University by May 1 of the graduating year.

3. Students who complete requirements for graduation after the June Commencement date can request transcripts as evidence of graduation and that they, in fact, hold the title of Masters in Art and Healing. The Degree and Stole will be given at Commencement the following June, or mailed to the student if they do not plan to attend the graduation ceremony.

Tuition and Fees for the Art and Healing Masters Program

The tuition and fees structure for the Masters Degree in Art and Healing can be reviewed by clicking here. 

To contact us

Administrative Office: 208-344-2682

Program Office: 415-388-2114



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