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Music Therapy, MS

Master of Science

Music therapy is the use of music interventions to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, or promote physical rehabilitation.

The IU Online Master of Science in Music Therapy provides professional board-certified music therapists with advanced research skills and clinical practice in music therapy. The music therapy courses focus on research methods, theory and philosophy as they relate to research, and evidence-based clinical practice. Students are also able to focus on music technology courses to learn principles of production using music technology, music applications for composition, improvisation, and adapted performances.

As a student in the program, you learn advanced research skills, enhancing your critical analysis and integration of current research findings into clinical practice. You also learn how to integrate the vast array of music technology tools into clinical practice.

Your IU Online MS in Music Therapy provides you an opportunity to learn advanced research and clinical skills to elevate your clinical work and, if desired, broaden your professional career.

Degree Requirements 

To be admitted into the MS in Music Therapy, you must be board-certified through the Certification Board for Music Therapists or, for international students, its equivalent. To graduate with the MS in Music Therapy, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

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


To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Submission of the online application to the campus.
  2. Current music therapy board certification or international equivalent.
  3. All official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study.
  4. Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the undergraduate degree.
  5. Online audio/video content demonstrating musical competence on piano, voice, and guitar.
  6. Three letters of recommendation in support of the application (they may be on business letterhead or submitted through the online application link).
  7. In-person or telephone interview with graduate faculty member.
  8. Application fee payable through the online application.

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states


MUS-N 530Philosophy and Theory in Music Therapy3 Credits
MUS-N 531Music Therapy Quantitative and Qualitative Research3 Credits
MUS-N 532Music in Medicine3 Credits
MUS-N 533Advanced Clinical Techniques in Music Therapy3 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $515.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1545.00
Note:  Additional fees will apply.
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $681.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2043.00
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