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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. Graduate Music Therapy Courses: 13 credits (one class for 4 hours with clinical component is required), to include the following:
    • MuEd 5807: Psychiatric MT (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 5808: Medical MT (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 8809: Advanced MT Competences (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 8810: MT Research (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • If Post MT-BC: Directed Individual Study in Music Therapy (3 hours)
    • If Post MT-BC: Directed Individual Study in Music Therapy (3 hours)
  2. Music Research Courses: 6 credits, to include a minimum of two of the following from the research core:
    • MuEd 8810: MT Research (3 hours, 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 8112: Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3 hours)
    • MuEd 8115: Assessment in Arts Education (3 hours)
    • MuEd 8118: Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3 credits)
  3. Electives: 6 credits. May include social work, psychology, education, health, music, or music education/therapy (pending advisor approval)
  4. Masters Research Project: 5 credits
    • MuEd 8880 Masters Research Project: 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.

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. Committee members should be provided copies of the research project at least one week prior to the examination.

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. If students do not have appropriate transfer credits, they also need:
    • MuEd 5669: Psychology of Music
    • BIOL 1015; PSTL 1135; NSCI 2100; or KIN 3027 (3 credits) (Anatomy)
    • PSY 1001: General Psychology (4 credits)
    • PSY 3604: Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
  2. Graduate Music Therapy Courses: 13 credits (one class for 4 hours with clinical component is required), to include the following
    • MuEd 5807: Psychiatric MT (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 5808: Medical MT (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 8809: Advanced MT Competences (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component)
    • MuEd 8810: MT Research (3 hours; 4 hours if includes clinical component) 
  3. Music Research Courses: 6 credits, to include a minimum of two of the following from the research core:
    • MuEd 8112: Introduction to Research Methods and Design in Arts Education (3 hours)
    • MuEd 8115: Assessment in Arts Education (3 hours)
    • MuEd 8118: Qualitative Research in Arts Education (3 credits)
    • MuEd 8119: Advanced Applications of Research Methods (3 credits)
  4. Electives: 6 credits. May include social work, psychology, education, health, music, or music education/therapy (pending advisor approval)
  5. Masters Research Project: 5 credits
    • MuEd 8880 Masters Research Project: 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 effectivel
  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 master degree program of coursework. Committee members should be provided copies of the research project at least one week prior to the examination.

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

The School of Music also offers a music therapy equivalency program