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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24

Music Therapy - MM

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Master of Music in Music Therapy 

Music Therapy – MM5187

School of Music
497 Glidden Hall
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens Campus

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring

Terms of Entry Requiring Program Permission: None

Program Overview

The Master of Music in Music Therapy provides an opportunity to pursue advanced studies in research, teaching, clinical practice, and administrative skills. The curriculum is designed to continue to provide depth and breadth beyond entry level music therapy competency including building musicality and providing advanced level of current techniques in the application of music in a specialized area of study (e.g. psychology, family studies, speech and language, education, research, etc.).

The program consists of 34 semester credit hours divided between music, music therapy, and free electives in the student’s area of specialization. The curriculum is flexible and is designed to enable the student to pursue interests in teaching/research, clinical practice and/or administration. Students with an undergraduate degree in music, other than music therapy, may be admitted to the MM program and are allowed to take undergraduate courses (equivalency courses) in order to gain competency to take the national board certification exam to become a board certified music therapist (MT-BC). Concurrently, students take master’s level courses in the MM program except for advanced clinical courses Mus 5920 and Thesis (MUS 6950) or Clinical/Professional Project (MUS 6790). The curriculum provides advanced specialization tracks to include research, teaching, management and program development, and advanced clinical specialization. 

Program Learning Outcomes

In successfully pursuing an Ohio University Master of Music degree, students will

  1. Develop advanced capacities to work independently and make effective artistic and intellectual judgments and professional decisions in the area of specialization.
  2. Demonstrate professional competence in the area of specialization before peers and faculty.
  3. Produce a final project or equivalent reviewed by more than one faculty member.

Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of the Master of Music in Music Therapy program have gone on to hold administrative positions in music therapy, college teaching positions in music therapy, and have created new programs in music therapy across the country.

Further Information

Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/graduate/therapy

Link to Program Handbook: https://www.ohio.edu/fine-arts/music/student-resources-materials

Admission Requirements

Beyond the university minimum requirements of a 4 year bachelor’s degree and a TOEFL score of 80+ for non-native English speakers, admission requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Music, an acceptable graduate audition and a face-to-face interview with the music therapy faculty. Letters of recommendation are required as well as a writing sample and resume.

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete a minimum of 34 credit hours as follows:

Elective Courses

Elective coursework in each category must be approved by the program director.

Music Theory, History, and Composition

Complete a minimum of 5 hours in music history, theory, and composition courses.

Additional Music Electives

Complete a minimum of 3 additional hours of graduate-level MUS coursework.


Complete at least one graduate-level statistics course (min. 3 hours).

Non-Music Electives

Complete a minimum of 9 hours of approved graduate-level coursework outside of the School of Music.

Thesis or Project Hours

Complete a minimum of 4 hours in either MUS 6950 or MUS 6790.

Culminating Experience

Music Therapy candidates must successfully complete written and oral comprehensive exams. In addition, candidates must also successfully complete and defend a thesis or clinical project.

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