Curriculum: M.A. in Music Therapy at Marylhurst

student marylhurst iconMarylhurst University’s M.A. in Music Therapy program is designed with a music-centered focus and is specific to the American Music Therapy Association’s Advanced Competency Standards.  Enjoy a master’s curriculum that grounds work in theoretical and critical understanding, while advancing your therapeutic skills and personal musical development through clinical music practices and experiences. With a master’s in music therapy from Marylhurst, you will benefit from the program’s multicultural focus that prepares you for work in today’s diverse society.

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Focus Your Area of Study

Students in the M.A. in Music Therapy program may select courses from multiple areas or focus in one of these concentrations:

Business Administration: Add management and business knowledge to your music therapy career.

Counseling: For students interested in more clinical-focused courses.

Gerontology: 
Marylhurst is known for its gerontology program, and music therapy students can add this depth of knowledge through this concentration.

Interdisciplinary: For students interested in a wider spectrum of courses that span across disciplines.

Music Therapy Learning Outcomes

Following the completion of Marylhurst’s M.A. in Music Therapy program, you will be able to:

  • Understand and integrate contemporary theories in music therapy.
  • Demonstrate excellence in scholarship.
  • Demonstrate advanced competencies in clinical practice, supervision and research.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse cultural backgrounds and values.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with historical and contemporary research in the field of music therapy.
  • Recognize ethical dilemmas and solutions in professional practice.

Transfer Credit and Degree Completion

Students admitted into the M.A. in Music Therapy program may transfer up to 12 credits towards the degree with departmental approval. On average, students complete the master’s in music therapy degree in two years.

Music programs at Marylhurst

One-Year Music Therapy Preparatory Track

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in music but not the psychology and therapy background? Marylhurst offers a one-year program that provides essential foundation knowledge for graduate work in music therapy. Students complete one year of coursework beginning in the summer term, and then go into their internship the following summer. Learn more.