Music Therapy Master’s Preparatory Program Admissions Requirements

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This one-year program is designed to prepare you for entrance into a master’s program in Music Therapy. Please review our admissions requirements carefully. If at any point you have questions, please reach out us. We’re happy to help: admissions@marylhurst.edu or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

Marylhurst’s preparatory program for the master’s in music therapy accepts applications each spring with classes beginning in the summer.

Music Therapy Prep Program: Admissions Requirements

Marylhurst’s music therapy master’s prep program requires you to hold a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Music from a NASM-accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. In addition, you should have:

  • Successful completion of a college-level introductory psychology course
  • Proficiency on piano, guitar and voice*

 If you don’t have strong skills in two of the three proficiency areas but are weak in the third you may be admitted to the preparatory program; however, you must demonstrate proficiency on all three instruments during by the Fall term of the program.

Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the Music Therapy Master’s Preparatory Program. Please review the list carefully and, if at any point, you have questions, we’re here to help you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application. Select Music Therapy Preparatory Program under program of study. Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Pay the $50 nonrefundable fee
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
    • Essay
    • Statement of intent
  • Submit a music-specific application
  • Complete an audition (we hold auditions several times a year)
  • Complete additional assessments after acceptance to determine proper placement within the program

Marylhurst schedules auditions several times a year for qualified candidates after receiving and reviewing application materials. Please make sure your application materials are submitted at least two weeks prior to the audition period to ensure ample time for review. Next auditions are scheduled for February 24, 2017.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must arrive at Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope as issued by the originating institution with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via official electronic methods like eScript or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

Minimum 5-page paper demonstrating knowledge of introductory music therapy concepts and citing an introductory text on music therapy as a source. The paper must outline two or three music therapy principles and practices and can focus on one population of clients or several.

Statement of Intent
This is a short (one-to-two pages) statement in which we want to know why you are interested in pursuing a degree at Marylhurst. Consider sharing your career aspirations or personal goals for completing your master’s. We just want to know a little more about you and your motivations for going back to school. View the complete instructions.

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

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Amanda Stover – Admissions Counselor

Deciding to become a music therapist is a big decision. The field of music therapy is highly rewarding and impacts the lives of so many of our population that need specialized care.  I am here to help you navigate the admissions process. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need assistance. 

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