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Music Therapy, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
Through this American Music Therapy Association–approved degree from New York University, you’ll combine practical clinical experiences; advanced course work in music therapy methods, theory, and research; and a unique focus on your personal growth to prepare you to work with the full range of people you’ll see as a music therapist.


Your Music Therapy degree from New York University will range from 48 to 60 units, based on your experience and background, and you can choose to study full or part time depending on your schedule. 

You will learn how to design and implement a treatment plan for clients across the life span with a diversity of physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges; how to employ a wide range of methods employing improvised and composed music to meet the needs of clients in individual and group therapy; and how to work within a music psychotherapy framework to meet the holistic needs of clients in medical, educational, and rehabilitative settings.

Careers and Outcomes

The degree is approved by the New York State Education Department and qualifies you for Licensure in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT) after graduation and 1,500 hours of post-graduate supervised practice. The degree is also approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and upon graduation qualifies a student to apply for national certification in music therapy (MT-BC). 

When you finish the degree, you will also have developed your own advanced specialization in an area of music psychotherapy in which you would like to pursue your music therapy career.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Music Therapy: Advanced Theory and Methods
  • Music Therapy Practicum: Adults and Elderly
  • Clinical Improvisation in Music Therapy
  • Group Music Therapy 
  • Internship in Music Therapy
  • Music Therapy Research
  • Key Concepts in Music Therapy
  • Theory Development in Music Therapy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    48 alternative credits


  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Résumé/CV
  • Statement Of Purpose
  • Transcripts 
  • Letters Of Recommendation
  • Proficiency in English
  • Interview/Audition

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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