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Music Therapy

Master of Arts (MA)

Music therapists who have an undergraduate degree in music therapy and are board-certified (MT-BC) can obtain a master of arts (MA) in music education - music therapy through the music therapy "post board-certification" track.

Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree in music with an emphasis other than music therapy may apply to pursue the master’s equivalency track, which includes the professional coursework required for board-certification as a music therapist, as well as the master's degree curriculum. 

Learn more about music therapy at the University of Minnesota.

Post-Board Certification Masters Track Program Requirements

1. Emphasis: 7 credits. One of these classes must be taken for 4 credits.

  • MUED 5807: Psychiatric Music Therapy: 3 credits (4 credits if includes clinical component)
  • MUED 5808: Medical Music Therapy: 3 credits (4 credits if includes clinical component)

2. Research Courses: 6 credits.  Courses to include a minimum of two of the following from the research core: 

  • MUED 8112: Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education: three credits
  • MUED 8115: Assessment in Arts Education: three credits
  • MUED 8118: Qualitative Research in Arts Education: three credits

3. Related Fields: 6 credits. Two three-credit Mus 5xxx/8xxx courses in musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media, representing at least two of these three disciplines, that support music therapy either directly or by developing breadth of competence.

4. Electives: 6 credits. May include social work, psychology, education, health, music, or music education/therapy (pending adviser approval). At least three credits MUST be taken outside the School of Music, i.e., neither music nor music education/therapy courses.

5. Masters Research Project:5 credits. The student must demonstrate familiarity with tools of research and scholarship in the field, the ability to work independently, and present the results of research effectively in a paper, analogous to a thesis.

6. Final Oral Examination. The examination will entail approximately one hour of questioning relating to the research project and one-half hour comprehensive questioning based on the candidate’s degree program of coursework.

View the degree plan for the MA in music therapy with a post board certification track.

Music Therapy Master's Equivalency Track Program Requirements

1. Undergraduate music therapy curriculum

  • PSTL 1135 Anatomy: 3 credits*
  • PSY 1001 General Psychology: 4 credits*
  • PSY 3604 Abnormal Psychology: 3 credits*
  • MUED 3802 Guitar I: 2 credits
  • MUED 3803 Guitar II: 2 credits
  • MUED 5803 Therapeutic Management: 4 credits
  • MUED 5804 Music Therapy Methods and Procedures I: 4 credits
  • MUED 5805 Music Therapy Methods and Procedures II: 4 credits
  • MUED 5806 Career Preparation: 4 credits
  • MUED 5669 Psychology of Music: 3 credits
  • MUED 5855 Internship: 1-13 credits

*Student may be exempt from this class if taken during undergraduate curriculum.

2. Emphasis: Music therapy graduate courses: 7 credits. One class for four hours with clinical component is required, to include the following:

  • MUED 5807: Psychiatric MT (three hours; four hours if includes clinical component)
  • MUED 5808: Medical MT (three hours; four hours if includes clinical component)

3. Music research courses: 6 credits. Minimum of two of the following from the research core:

  • MUED 8112 Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8115 Assessment in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8118 Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3 credits)
  • MUED 8119 Advanced Applications of Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits) 

4. Related fields: 6 credits. Two 3 credit Mus 5xxx/8xxx courses in musicology/ethnomusicology, theory, and creative studies and media, representing at least two of these three disciplines, that support music therapy either directly or by developing breadth of competence.

5. Electives: 6 credits. May include social work, psychology, education, health, music, or music education/therapy (pending adviser approval). At least 3 credits MUST be taken outside the School of Music.

6. Masters research project: 5 credits. The student must demonstrate familiarity with tools of research and scholarship in the field, the ability to work independently, and present the results of research effectively. 

7. Final oral examination. The examination will entail approximately one hour of questioning relating to the research project and one-half hour comprehensive questioning based on the candidate’s master degree program of coursework.

View the degree plan for the MA with emphasis equivalency track.

The School of Music also offers a music therapy equivalency program