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Music Therapy, M.S.

Broaden your professional career with an M.S. in Music Therapy from IU Online. This fully online program provides professional board-certified music therapists with advanced research skills and clinical practice in music therapy.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 30

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $515.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $681.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

As a student in the program, you’ll acquire advanced research skills that enhance your ability to analyze and integrate research findings into practice. You’ll also learn principles of production, composition, improvisation, and adapted performances.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To be accepted into the M.S. in Music Therapy, you must have:

  • Board certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapists or international equivalent
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the undergraduate degree.

To apply to the program, submit:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Online audio/video content demonstrating musical competence with piano, voice, and guitar
  • Three letters of recommendation 

You may be asked to do a telephone interview with a graduate faculty member.

To graduate with the M.S. in Music Therapy, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Music therapy core courses
  • Elective courses
  • Final project/thesis

Choose from one of two tracks. Requirements are broken down as follows:

Clinical Track

Core Courses (12 credits)
Clinical Courses (15 credits)
Music Therapy Clinical (3 credits)

Research Track

Core Courses (15 credits)
Mixed Methods Research (6 credits)
Music Therapy Thesis (9 credits)

Core Classes for the MS in Music Therapy
Course Number Course Name Credits

MUS-N 530

Philosophy and Theory in Music Therapy

3 Credits

MUS-N 531

Music Therapy Quantitative and Qualitative Research

3 Credits

MUS-N 532

Music in Medicine

3 Credits

MUS-N 533

Advanced Clinical Techniques in Music Therapy

3 Credits

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