The Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization is intended to provide Board Certified music therapists with advanced training in clinical skills and research. Our curriculum specializes in neuroscience and evidence-based music therapy to improve sensorimotor, speech and language, and cognitive function in children and adults who have disabilities. Specifically, the study of music therapy is designed to prepare music therapists for advanced clinical work in music therapy, as music therapy supervisors, administrators, and for teaching positions at the college or university level.

Two master’s curriculum tracks are offered: the first is a thesis program of 30 credit hours (Plan A) designed to provide students with the opportunity to complete a substantial research project. The second track is a 32-hour program (Plan B) that requires, in lieu of a thesis, additional course work in music therapy, a final project, and a common final exam. Either program prepares the student to pursue doctoral study. Our academic curricula meet the standards of the American Music Therapy Association and the National Association of Schools of Music.

Applicants are expected to be Board-Certified Music Therapists (or eligible to sit for the exam) and demonstrate excellent musicianship and interpersonal skills. 

The Master of Music, Music Therapy Specialization is offered on-campus or online.

Effective Spring 2016

MU 543Advanced Research Methods in Music Therapy3
MU 545Composition and Improvisation--Music Therapy3
MU 648Neuroscience/Music Foundations in Therapy3
MU 686Music Therapy Practicum3
MU 695GIndependent Study: Music Therapy3
BMS/EDCO/EDRM/PSY/NB Electives 111
Music Electives 16
Program Total Credits:32

A minimum of 32 credits are required to complete this program.