Sep 18, 2020  
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Graduate Catalog

Master of Music Therapy

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Music Department


The Master of Music Therapy is a 36 credit (general track) or 48 credits (counseling track) program. It is a two-year full-time program, with an option for students to register as part-time to accommodate students whose professional and personal circumstances necessitate this option. Students will be expected either to have completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy or to complete the equivalency coursework in music therapy prior to taking the MMT requirements. For those students who have a music degree in another field, they can do the equivalency master of music therapy degree, which is a three year 69 credit option. The undergraduate music therapy coursework must be taken prior to taking the graduate coursework. All students will have core requirements and will have opportunities to take further electives in music therapy or to take electives in counseling, special education or gerontology, depending on their preferred area of specialty. Our aim is to prepare our students to be responsive to the complex health challenges and needs of our increasingly diverse population.


The SRU master of music therapy degree has a unique focus on sociocultural, social justice, and resource-oriented approaches to music therapy. This program is the first of its kind with a transformative, emancipatory focus. While other programs may include a course on multicultural music therapy, this program infuses social and cultural foundations and issues of social justice into the entire curriculum encompassing the entire process of music therapy clinical practice (assessment, treatment, and evaluation), as well as ethics, supervision, and research. Furthermore, the social and cultural foundations we explore include not only race and ethnicity, but gender, sexuality, disability, class, age, language, religion, region, and intersections of these.


The MMT will provide students with the skills to apply and integrate a comprehensive synthesis of theories, research, treatment knowledge, musicianship, clinical skills, and personal awareness to address client needs.


SRU’s Music Therapy Program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Students completing this program are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the Music Therapist- Board Certified (MT-BC) credential.  Pennsylvania does not require state licensing; however, some states do require licensing for music therapists.   In you are interested in practicing in another state, please contact the licensing board in that state.

36 Credit MMT AND 48 Credit MMT requirements below:


36 Credit MMT:

21 credits in Core Music Therapy Courses. 15 credits in electives. Thesis/final project and a comprehensive exam is required in addition to the completion of the coursework.

Thesis or Final Project - Credits: 1-6

48 Credit MMT:

18 credits in Core Music Therapy Courses. 6 credits in advanced music therapy internship. 12 credits in electives. 12 credits in Counseling. Thesis/final project and a comprehensive exam is required in addition to the completion of the coursework.

Advanced Clinical Skills - Credits: 6

Thesis or Final Project - Credits: 1

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