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Degree Requirements 2018-2019

MMT Mission

To prepare students to be leaders in the field, while fostering their passion to serve clients and families, and offer unique learning experiences that allow them to discover and realize their full potential. To engage students in life changing experiences, rich in experiential learning, collaborative in nature, fostering a holistic view of the use of music in health, healing and well-being. To advance the practice of music therapy by preparing students through a hybrid master’s degree program that is innovative, flexible and possesses breadth and depth, designed to meet the changing demands of healthcare.

Program Overview

Degree requirements

The MMT degree program is designed for music therapists who are currently board certified and who wish to continue their education and advance their level of practice. The program is a 36 credit program with core music therapy courses, courses focused on the practice of music therapy in healthcare and medicine, and elective courses of interest.

Core Music Therapy Courses – 24 credits

  • MUS 510 – Advanced Music Therapy Theory (3 credits)
  • MUS 511 – Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (0 credit)
  • MUS 515 – Advanced Music Therapy Clinical Practice I (3 credits)
  • MUS 520 – Advanced Music Therapy Clinical Practice II (3 credits)
  • MUS 525 – Cross-Cultural Awareness in Music Therapy (3 credits)
  • MUS 530 – Music Therapy Ethics (2 credits)
  • MUS 535 – Music Therapy Supervision and Professional Development (2 credits)
  • MUS 540 – Music Therapy Research I (3 credits)
  • MUS 545 – Music Therapy Research II (3 credits)
  • MUS 595 – Thesis or Final Project (2 credits)

Music Therapy Electives– 12 credits

  • MUS 550 – Music Psychotherapy (2 credits)
  • MUS 554 – Advanced Music Therapy Clinical Improvisation (3 credits)
  • MUS 555 – Music Therapy, Spirituality and Well-being (2 credits)
  • MUS 560 – Music and Imagery (2 credits)
  • MUS 565 – Advanced Music Therapy with Infants, Children and Family Centered Care (2 credits)
  • MUS 570 – Music, Neurology and Physiology (3 credits)
  • MUS 575 – Music Therapy in Palliative Care (2 credits)
  • MUS 576 – Music Therapy in Trauma Informed Care (3 credits)
  • MUS 580 – Transcultural Music Therapy I (4 credits) (global educational experience)
  • MUS 582 – Transcultural Music Therapy II (4 credits) (global educational experience)
  • MUS 585 – Advanced Music Therapy Group Work (3 credits)
  • MUS 590 – Interdisciplinary Practice & Research Methods in Music Therapy (3 credits)

Thesis or Final Project

Completion of a thesis or final project is required as a part of the degree program. The thesis and final project are both subject to approval by program director.

  • Thesis: A scholarly paper utilizing historical, philosophical, descriptive, experimental or mixed methods research.
  • Final Project: A supervised clinical project that is comprehensive and designed to develop and advance an area of one’s clinical practice.

The Equivalency Plus Master of Music Therapy will complete the courses outlined above in addition to any courses needed to accomplish their equivalent status. The Equivalency Plus MMT is 64 credits plus the clinical internship and is designed to be completed in two and a half years. The equivalency courses include the following:

  • MUS 271 – Introduction to Music Therapy (2 credits)
  • MUS 340 – Music Therapy Methods I (4 credits)
  • MUS 345 – Music Therapy Methods II (4 credits)
  • MUS 372 – Psychological Foundations of Music I (4 credits)
  • MUS 374 – Music Therapy Practicum (1 credits)
  • MUS 375 – Music Therapy Practicum (1 credits)
  • BIO 103 – Human Anatomy & Physiology (4 credits)
  • PSY 105 – Principles of Psychology (4 credits)
  • PSY 203 – Lifespan Development (4 credits)
  • PSY 262 – Abnormal Psychology (4 credits)

The Equivalency Plus+ Master of Music Therapy will complete the courses outlined previous two sections (MMT and Equivalency Plus), as well as the course listed below.

  • MUS 113 – Music Theory and Aural Skills I
  • MUS 114 – Music Theory and Aural Skills II
  • MUP xxx Primary Lessons (minimum 4 semesters needed)
  • MUE xxx Chamber or Large Ensemble (minimum of 4 semesters needed)
  • MUS 213 – Music Theory and Aural Skills III
  • MUS 214 – Music Theory and Aural Skills IV
  • MUS 231 History and Literature of Music, Antiquity to 1750 (4 credits)
  • MUS 232 History and Literature of Music, 1750 to Present (4 credits)

Plan of Study

There are three tracks for the Master of Music Therapy program. The first is for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in music therapy. They follow the master of music therapy track. The second track is for individuals that hold a bachelor’s degree in music. They follow the Equivalency Plus Master of Music Therapy track. The third is for individuals that hold a bachelor’s degree that is not in music, but have a strong music background. They follow the Equivalency Plus+ Master of Music Therapy track.

Admission to MMT

  • Online Application
  • Applicants must submit an official transcript(s) from the regionally-accredited institution granting the Bachelor’s degree and from the most recently attended institution, if not the same.
    • Military veterans are required to submit all official transcripts from previously attended institutions to qualify for military benefits.
    • In the case where prerequisite requirements exist or transfer credits or waivers are sought, official transcripts are required from institutions at which the prerequisites or equivalents were completed.
    • The Program Director may ask for additional transcripts if determined to be necessary.
    • 2 letters of recommendation (can be submitted online through the application-please have your recommenders email addresses when you begin the application).
    • Proof of Board Certification
    • An Audition (this can be taped or live) ten to fifteen minutes of your best instrument(s).
    • Essay-(can be submitted as part of the online application) no longer than three pages addressing the following questions.
    • Describe your goals as a music therapist and how an MMT degree will help you reach those goals.
    • Tell about a moment that helped encourage you to begin a career in music therapy.
    • As a music therapist you will help people from all walks of life and with a variety of needs and illnesses, how are you qualified (physically, mentally, and emotionally) to assist these people in improving their quality of life?

Please note that you can upload your essay directly into the online application. You may also input the names and emails of your recommenders and the system will send them a link to directions and the checklist we request they fill out for you.

If not submitted with the online application, materials need to be sent to:

Augsburg University
Graduate Admissions, CB 65
2211 Riverside Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55454

or emailed to

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Accreditation and Affiliation

Augsburg is regionally accredited by:

  • The Higher Learning Commission

The Master of Music Therapy Program is accredited by:

  • National Association Schools of Music (NASM)
  • American Music Therapy Association (AMTA)