MA in Drama Therapy

MA in Drama Therapy

Start Your Career as a Registered Drama Therapist

In this master of arts program, you will receive clinical training to use improvisation and theatre techniques to facilitate personal growth and promote health, treating individuals with a range of mental health, cognitive, and developmental disorders. In addition to rigorous theoretical coursework, we provide internship opportunities with leading professionals in drama therapy.

The Drama Therapy program is accredited by the North American Drama Therapy Association and approved by the New York State Department of Education. Learn more about credentialing and licensure.

The NYU Program in Drama Therapy meets all educational requirements for licensure in New York State as a Creative Arts Therapist.

NYU Steinhardt also offers a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and an EdD in Educational Theatre for students with a background in drama therapy.

What You'll Learn
  • How to identify and describe theories and methods of drama therapy and psychology, and be able to apply these methods in client treatment
  • How to research effectively
  • How to develop your professional identity as a drama therapist and a future licensed professional in the mental health field
  • How to build clinical competency

The program attracts applied improvisation and applied theatre practitioners, theatre professionals, educators, therapists, and those working in the fields of medicine, healthcare, and special education. Students come from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds to study and apprentice with leading professionals in the creative arts therapies.

How You'll Learn

Two Tracks to Meet Your Goals
Graduates of the 50-credit track will have met the academic requirements for New York State licensure as a creative arts therapist (LCAT) and, once licensed, will be eligible to practice drama therapy throughout New York State.

Graduates of the 60-credit track will have met the academic requirements for licensure for most states outside of New York. This track allows you to do advanced training in role theory and method, psychodrama, or arts-based research, or to pursue other electives in Applied Theatre or Applied Psychology.

A Broad Theoretical Foundation
Our individualized coursework is designed to provide a knowledge base in both drama therapy theory and general psychology, which will enable you to discuss the theoretical underpinnings for your clinical interventions with clarity and depth, and demonstrate competency in the applications of the theatre arts.

Our goal is to foster your strong sense of social justice and commitment to doing good in the world, and encourage you to approach your clinical practice with an abiding sense of humility, creativity, spontaneity, and integrity.

Practical Application in World-Class Facilities
The New York metropolitan area offers rich opportunities for clinical internships in hospitals and shelters, drug rehabilitation centers, prisons, and special facilities for the homeless, elderly, developmentally disabled, and the terminally ill, among others.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.

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