Arts and Health (Certificate) Online
The graduate certificate program in Arts and Health provides arts professionals, health care professionals, and administrators with the tools to integrate the arts into health and wellness for individuals and communities. The program is housed within Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media and provides an interdisciplinary and highly applied approach to arts and health. Increasingly, art programs that advance health and wellness are integrated into health care institutions, performing and visual arts centers, community centers and libraries, schools, and senior residential communities or resource centers. There is growing demand for skilled and well-trained professionals who understand how to successfully design, implement, and manage such programs.
The Arts and Health Certificate is ideal for individuals who want to impact a variety of cohort populations through an arts experience. (note: It is not intended for those who require full professional training for licensure or certification in any of the Expressive Arts Therapies or related disciplines).
Please refer to our programs of study page for a comprehensive list of all of the graduate programs offered within the university.
The Graduate School requires the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for a graduate program. Applicants with non-U.S. degrees, please visit the International Applicants page to review the U.S. degree equivalency information.
In order to make applying for graduate school as seamless as possible for you, we have
created an application checklist. This checklist can be a reference point for you during the
application process to ensure that you have a comprehensive understanding of the steps
needed to apply, as well as all corresponding supplemental materials for your specific
program of interest.
- Application Deadline: Rolling Admission.
- Submit Online Application: Please create your online account and submit your application by following the general application instructions and pay (or waive) the non-refundable $60 application fee. Once this step has been completed, the online portal will allow you to upload your supplemental materials.
The following is a list of the supplemental materials that will accompany your application for the Arts and Health (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate) program:
- Transcript: One from each college attended.
- Essays/Personal Statement – (One). Please write a 1-2 page personal statement that explains why you want to pursue this arts and health program. In your essay please identify any skills and/or professional experience you have and the relevance of this certificate to your personal or professional goals.
- Students holding degrees from non-US institutions must request a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or by Educated Choices. TOEFL or IELTS is required for applicants to any program who earned their degree in a country where English is not the official language. Please check our International Applicants page for more information and for our current TOEFL/IELTS Waiver Policy.
- Resume: A current resume detailing any relevant professional, volunteer, and/or academic experiences.
- The academic program for the certificate consists of courses in a hybrid format, and may be completed within a twelve-month period. The program has two courses in the fall term, two courses in the spring term, and one course during the summer term. Students may also register for individual courses, which are a part of the program, for education credits (excluding the capstone practicum course) without the intent of completing the program. What You Will Study:
- ARHL510: Foundations in Arts and Health (3cr) – This course provides a general survey of the arts across their various forms and manifestations (performing, studio, literary, etc.) as they relate to the numerous domains of human health (physiological, cognitive, emotional, social, etc.).
- ARHL520: Applications of Arts and Health (3cr) – This course demonstrates the ways in which various artistic modalities can be used in the field of arts and health. Creative areas explored include music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literary arts and interdisciplinary arts.
- ARHL530: Special Topics in Arts and Health (3cr) – This special topics course covers in depth emerging issues, topics of relevance, problems or trends, and specialized content in arts and health not represented in the main curriculum of the program.
- ARHL540: Program Administration, Management, and Assessment in Arts and Health (3cr)–This course shapes the complex strategies and skills that are required in launching, administering and assessing a successful arts and health program.
- ARHL550: Practicum in Arts and Health (3rc) (on-site at an Atlantic Health System facility or other approved off-campus location) – This course provides practical experience in both the clinical and administrative aspects of the intersection of arts and health.
If you have any general questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:
The Graduate School
If you have specific inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact the Arts and Health (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate) Program Coordinator:
*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*