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Music Therapy

Wartburg College

18 months
2300 USD/credit 46000 USD/year
2300 USD/credit 46000 USD/year
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Wartburg is the only Iowa private college to offer advanced music therapy degrees. The faculty of the Music Therapy program of Wartburg College are committed to mentoring you in your growth as a music therapist and in helping you deepen and broaden your understanding of what it means to use music therapeutically in a diverse, pluralistic society.


The Music Therapy program of Wartburg College prepares music therapists to work effectively within a multicultural environment and enhances their current work be it in private practice, medical settings, nursing homes, mental health facilities or populations experiencing cultural changes or mass trauma. The core program deepens the theoretical, philosophical and ethical frameworks of music therapy that not only inform practice but also provide support for important advocacy roles within the healthcare environment. Students in this program will also receive the BMGIM Level I training.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students pursing the Master of Arts in Music Therapy and the Combined Equivalency Plus Master of Arts in Music Therapy will:

  • Apply AMTA Advanced Competencies with breadth (i.e., scope or range) and depth (i.e., levels of complexity).
  • Integrate interdisciplinary perspectives from sociology and psychology with music therapy theoretical perspectives that advance music therapy practice, education, and research in a diverse global community.
  • Reflect, synthesize and summarize one’s approach and particular area of specialization in the field of music therapy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Studies in Ethnomusicology
  • Music Therapy in a Contemporary World
  • Research Traditions in Music Therapy
  • Applications in Memory
  • Advanced Applications in Music Therapy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in music therapy from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Evidence of board certification or board eligibility letter from previous academic program.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 from degree-granting college/university.
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 in all music therapy course work.
  • Music competency screening (live or taped) which demonstrates musical abilities appropriate for professional music therapists.
  • Two letters of recommendation with at least one from a previous music therapy faculty person.
  • A personal statement (1-3) pages.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume including any relevant educational and professional experience.
  • Interview with graduate admissions committee in person or via online technology.
  • For students whose first language is not English, test scores from either TOEFL (minimum score of 550 paper-based or 80 internet-based) or IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) must be submitted.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    46000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2300 USD per credit during 18 months.
  • National

    46000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2300 USD per credit during 18 months.

Living costs for Waverly

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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