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The Master of Arts (MA) in Music Therapy is designed for students with the MT-BC credential (Music Therapist-Board Certified) from the national Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). 

Students with an undergraduate degree in music, but not in music therapy, who qualify for the Certificate Program in Music Therapy (requiring less than 30 hours to be eligible for the Certification Exam) may be accepted into the program with prerequisites to earn board certification before taking any of the graduate level music therapy courses other than MUTH 620 Philosophy of Music Therapy.  Graduate courses in the chosen concentration of business, education, or healthcare, may be taken concurrently with the prerequisites in music therapy.

Students desiring a Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Queens who have an undergraduate degree in music requiring more than 30 credits to be eligible for the certification exam, as well as students with an undergraduate degree in an area other than music, should register as second degree students to earn a Bachelor of Music with a major in Music Therapy, and must pass the certification exam prior to applying to the graduate program.  These students may take graduate level courses in their chosen area of specialization as electives while in the second degree program.  Those graduate credits will count toward the MA in Music Therapy at Queens if the student returns and completes the MA program within 7 years.

An audition is required for admission unless the application immediately follows completion of a certificate or BM in Music Therapy at Queens.  The audition consists of an interview and a demonstration of musical competencies.


In order to be considered for admission as a degree candidate to the Master of Arts in Music Therapy program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Submit a completed graduate application form, including the nonrefundable $45 application fee.
  • Submit official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework
  • Provide one letter of academic recommendation and, if an MT-BC, one letter of professional recommendation.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree in music or music therapy from an accredited institution
  • Provide evidence of MT-BC status from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) or require fewer  than 30 credits to be eligible for the CBMT Board Certification Exam and be willing to take the courses necessary for certification.
  • Complete an audition and interview for acceptance into the program.

Audition Requirements

Audition Application


Once accepted into the program, students will choose a desired concentration in business, education, or healthcare.  A minimum of 18 credit hours, or one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, will be in music therapy; a minimum of 12 credit hours will be in the chosen area of specialization, and the remaining electives may be in either music therapy or the area of specialization.

Students will conduct original research, either qualitative or quantitative in nature.  The resulting paper must be suitable for submission to a major peer-reviewed journal.  The students will work with the thesis advisor on revisions.  Additionally, students are required to present their research findings at a regional or national conference in music therapy or for an appropriate related discipline. 

In the final semester of study students will participate in oral and written comprehensive examinations encompassing both the core curriculum and representative material from the area of specialization.  Failure to pass these exams with a "B" or better will preclude confirmation of the degree.  A student may retake either portion of the comprehensive exams one time, as long as the earned grade was a C or better.

Requirements for the Master of Arts in Music Therapy (minimum 34 hours)

Prerequisite:  Elementary statistics at the undergraduate level or MATH 106

Core Music Therapy Courses (minimum 17 hours)

Required courses:
MUTH 510 Improvisation in Music Therapy (2 credit hours)
MUTH 520 Research Seminar in Music Therapy (1 credit hours)
MUTH 600 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (2 credit hours)
MUTH 620 Philosophy of Music Therapy (3 credit hours)
MUTH 630 Clinical Supervision and Management(3 credit hours)
MUTH 640 Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)
MUTH 650 Comprehensive Examination (0 credit hours)
MUTH 655 Specialization Thesis (3 credit hours)

MUTH 625 College Teaching and Measurement (3 credit hours)
MUTH 610 Music Therapy Client Assessment (2 credit hours)
MUTH 540 Advanced Topics in Music Therapy (2-3 credit hours)
MUTH 520, MUTH 600, MUTH 510 and MUTH 540 may all be repeated once for credit.

Area of Specialization (minimum 12 hours)

Business Concentration

Required courses:
BUSN 542M MBA Foundations I (3 credit hours)
BUSN 543M MBA Foundations II (3 credit hours)
BUSN 605 Law and Ethics (3 credit hours)
BUSN 630 Marketing Management (3 credit hours)

BUSN 610 Management of Organizations (3 credit hours)
BUSN 615 Economics for Managerial Decisions (3 credit hours)
BUSN 655 Consumer Behavior (3 credit hours)
BUSN 663 Creative Connections (3 credit hours)
BUSN 675 Hyper-Connected Innovation (3 credit hours)

Education Concentration

Required courses:
EDUC 260/530 Teaching Children with Special Needs (3 credit hours)
EDUC 504 Classroom Mgt and Conflict Resolution (3 credit hours)
EDUC 514 Educational Technology (3 credit hours)
EDUC 525 Diversity in Schools (3 credit hours)

EDUC 510 Educational Psychology (3 credit hours)
EDUC 551 Teacher as Researcher (3 credit hours)
EDUC 552 Seminar and Reflective Practice (3 credit hours)
EDUC 680 Action Research (3 credit hours)
BUSN 675 Hyper-Connected Innovation (3 credit hours)

Healthcare Concentration

Required Courses:
NURS 624 Health Policy (3 credit hours)
NURS 628 Informatics in Health Care (3 credit hours)
NURS 630 Data Interpretations (3 credit hours)                                                               
NURS 651 Professionalism and Ethics in Clinical Leadership (3 credit hours)                   

BUSN 675 Hyper-Connected Innovation (3 credit hours)
NURS 546 Financial Management in Healthcare Org (3 credit hours)
NURS 616 Healthcare Administration (3 credit hours)                                                                  
NURS 633 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)

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