Healing through harmony
Want to make a difference through music? The master of music therapy degree helps you do just that. You join one of the most respected music therapy graduate programs in the country. Two tracks in the master of music therapy degree program are offered: Traditional and online graduate degree, and graduate and equivalency for those without an undergraduate degree in music therapy.
Get your Master of Music Therapy degree
- AMTA approved.
- Designed to provide opportunities for advanced clinical, supervisory, and methodological knowledge.
- An equivalency program leading to certification in music therapy and an M.M.T. degree are also available to students with a non-music therapy undergraduate degree.
- 34-36 hours of coursework to complete your degree.
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- Learn more about the new online Master of Music Therapy program >>
You will be taught by music therapists who are engaged in clinical practice, research, writing, and advocacy.
Kathleen M. Murphy, PhD, MT-BC
Areas of Expertise: Addictions, Mental Health, Performance Wellness, Research, NICU
Penny Roberts, PhD, MT-BC
Extraordinary Faculty in Music Therapy
Areas of Expertise: Older Adults, Hospice
Victoria Vega, PhD, MT-BC
Areas of Expertise: Traumatic Brain Injury, Dual Diagnosis
- A completed application for graduate admission
- Undergraduate baccalaureate degree in music, or a closely related field with a minor in music
- Résumé: Provide a current resume, including relevant work experience
- 2 Recommendation Forms - Recommendation forms should be completed by your college professors or employer (someone in a supervisory capacity)
- Audition: Please be aware that admission to the master's degrees in the College of Music requires that applicants complete a successful audition. The audition/interview application can be found at the following website: Audition Requirements >>
- The College of Music must receive audition/interview applications at least four weeks prior to the selected date.
- Statement of Educational goals (500-word essay) addressing the questions:
- How do you think a Masters of Music Therapy will enhance your academic and/or professional career?
- What do you hope to gain by being part of Loyola's graduate program?
- What do you bring to the Masters of Music Therapy program?
The following Graduate Music Application Requirements must be submitted via online application portal:
Official Transcripts - Official Transcripts are required from every college and university attended since high school, including any schools attended through dual enrollment programs or summer session. Official transcripts may be sent directly to Loyola’s Admissions Office or you can have them sent to yourself in the school’s envelope. Do not break the seal of the envelope.
International Students: In addition to the documents listed above, international students must submit the following: TOEFL score report; we require a score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), 92 (Internet-based), or higher. TOEFL scores are valid for two years. Score reports must be sent by ETS to the mailing address listed above. Candidate copies are not acceptable. International students requiring an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit an Affidavit of Support showing sufficient funds to finance the course of studies and living expenses.
The Masters of Music Therapy Program will consider applications on a rolling basis upon availability. It is strongly recommended that Masters of Music Therapy candidates plan that matriculation begin in the fall semester due to program structure.
Many states have recognized music therapy with a state license or registry. Upon successful completion of their Loyola degree program and certification by the Certification Board for Music Therapist, graduates are eligible to apply for a music therapy license in these states:
Cost of Attendance
Tution and Financial Aid
The College of Music and Media administers talent-based music scholarships for graduate students. These awards vary according to the student’s potential for continued musical and academic progress, and the performance needs of the college. Retention of a music scholarship depends on satisfactory musical and academic progress and the student’s fulfillment of performance requirements as stipulated in the scholarship contract.
If you would like more information about the Music Therapy program, contact department chair Dr. Kathleen Murphy at email@example.com or 504-865-2122.