Music Therapy

New York University

24 months
21540 USD/year
21540 USD/year
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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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

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48 alternative credits



On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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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