Music Therapy Non-Masters Equivalency

The School of Music offers an equivalency program for those students who have completed a bachelor’s degree who wish to become a music therapist. Applicants must have an excellent scholastic record with an overall degree GPA of at least 3.0 from an accredited, approved college/university.

What if I have a bachelor's degree that is not in music?

Prospective students with bachelor's degrees that are not in music are eligible to apply for both the Equivalency and Master’s Equivalency programs. These prospective students should highlight their previous music experiences in their written application materials when applying to the music therapy program. Previous music experiences may include lessons, ensembles, number of instruments played, music coursework at the college/university level, among others. Students with bachelor's degrees that are not in music who are admitted to the program will have their music skills and knowledge individually assessed before initiating their coursework. As such, remedial coursework in voice, piano, guitar, percussion, theory, and history may be necessary for students entering the Equivalency and Master’s Equivalency programs.

Step 1: Apply to the School of Music

2025 Admission Application Deadline 
December 1, 2024

Interview Dates

  • January 18, 2025
  • February 1, 2025
  • You will select your preferred interview date on your application. Applicants will be asked to submit a completed music education/music therapy interview profile at the time of the interview. Applicants can choose between in-person or Zoom interviews

A complete application includes:

  • Online Application
  • Unofficial copy(s) of all relevant transcripts from all post-secondary institutions uploaded to the application at the time of submission. Official transcripts will be requested upon admission to the program and due prior to enrollment.
  • Three current letters of recommendation from relevant references. The application will collect the email addresses of your recommenders and contact them on your behalf.
  • $50 Non-Refundable Music Application Fee.  
    Applicants who meet specific financial circumstances as self-identified on their application will qualify for a fee waiver.

STEP 2: Interview 

Applicants must complete a 15-minute interview with the music therapy faculty via Zoom on the formal interview dates for their desired term of entry. Interviews will take place between 8:00 am – 8:00 pm Central Standard Time on the formal interview date they select on their application. Interviews are not available outside these formal dates. You will be asked to submit a copy of your responses to the Music Education/Music Therapy Interview Profile at the time of your interview.