Bachelor’s in Music Therapy

Music Therapy Program at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon

Earn your Bachelor’s in Music Therapy (B.M.T.) from Marylhurst

Combine your passion for music with your desire to help others. Music therapy is a growing field that uses music in a therapeutic relationship to address a variety of individual or group needs. Approved by the American Music Therapy Association and National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), our music therapy program provides an experiential learning environment through clinical training and internship curriculum. In fact, the program’s practicum experience is recognized to be one of the most comprehensive in the country.

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Curriculum is designed to develop your musical and therapeutic skills, and combines coursework in music, music therapy, psychology and related natural and social sciences. After fulfilling all degree requirements (including internship experience), you will be eligible to apply for Oregon licensure in music therapy and complete the national board certification exam administered through the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Music therapists work in a variety of clinical and wellness settings, such as older adult care facilities, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, clinics, schools, hospice centers, correctional facilities, and in private practice. Our program also prepares you for a graduate program in music therapy or a related profession.

Discover the growing music therapy profession.

If you already have a bachelor’s degree and are interested in becoming a board-certified music therapist, Marylhurst offers a degree equivalency program. Reduce the time and cost of earning a music therapy degree by applying coursework and credits from an existing music, psychology, music education, or alternative degree program.

Laura Beer - faculty - Marylhurst University“We are nationally recognized as having one of the best clinical training music therapy programs. Our music therapy students gain practical experience, become part of a community of learners and succeed in their goals. I love that our students are highly engaged, socially aware and committed individuals. They come to Marylhurst to learn a craft and leave knowing they are going to of service to their community. For me, that makes teaching at Marylhurst such a rewarding experience. I enjoy the dynamic exchange of knowledge, wisdom and experience between instructors and students. It surprises students to hear that I’m always learning from them. All around, this is such an amazing music therapy program and each year at commencement, I love seeing our graduates go off and become the next generation of music therapists.”

~ Laura Beer, Ph.D., MT-BC – Marylhurst Faculty

  • Current undergraduate tuition is $463 per credit. Most courses are three or four credits.
  • Credit for Prior Learning: Earn credit for what you know from life or work experience
  • Transfer in credits earned elsewhere

Marylhurst provides extensive financial aid management services, scholarship assistance and support. We are one of the leaders in higher education for transferring credit and converting life experience into college credit – all which help you manage the cost of earning your degree. Designated financial management teams and resources are available to help you manage and fund your education.

Get further details about this program through our welcoming Office of Admissions.

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  • Regionally accredited (NWCCU accredited)
  • Approved by the American Music Therapy Association
  • World-renowned faculty who focus on you
  • Small, discussion-focused classes that provide an engaging learning environment
  • Accessible campus just 10 minutes south of Portland (even has free parking)


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