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Equivalency Requirements

Equivalency plus MMT program requirements

The Equivalency Plus MMT track is designed for students that have completed a bachelor’s degree that is not in music therapy, but have a strong background in music. Students admitted into the Equivalency Plus MMT program are required to complete the equivalency courses in order to continue the progression into the master of music therapy coursework. This enables students to develop the requisite skills needed to progress and develop at the graduate level. For students that do not have a bachelor’s degree in music, extensive music prerequisites are required prior to beginning the equivalency coursework.

At the end of the Equivalency Plus MMT track, students will have completed all the coursework and clinical training necessary to practice as a music therapist, take the Board Certification Exam, and have a master’s degree in music therapy. Certain equivalency courses may be waived if a student has previously completed the course. Contact to have a transcript evaluation completed.

Prerequisites for admission to the Equivalency Plus program:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree in music (includes large ensemble experience, chamber music or small ensemble experience, lessons in major instruments, and participation in senior recital).
  • PSY 203 Lifespan Development (4 cr.)
  • PSY 105 Principles of Psychology (4 cr.)
  • PSY 262 Abnormal Psychology (4 cr.)
  • BIO 103 Human Anatomy and Physiology (4 cr.)

*Course numbers and titles will vary by institution. Please send a course description to to verify whether a course fulfills the requirement.

Equivalency Plus MMT curriculum:

*Please note the table below shows when courses are offered. Your schedule may be slightly different depending upon which electives you choose. Students in the Equivalency Plus MMT program take a total of 52 credits.

Year 1: Summer Intensive Coursework

MUS 271 Intro. to Music Therapy (May) (2 cr.)
MUS 315 Psychology, Culture, and Community in Music (2 cr.)
MUS 340 Music Therapy Methods I (Summer I) (4 cr.)
MUS 374 Music Therapy Practicum (Summer I) (1 cr.)
MUS 345 Music Therapy Methods II (Summer II) (4 cr.)
MUS 474 Music Therapy Practicum (Summer II) (1 cr.)

* During MUS 474 & 475 students will complete 4-6 hours a week of practicum hours, including onsite clinical time and supervision and group supervision on campus.

(MUS 271, 315, 340, 345, and 474/475 are offered as a sequence of summer intensive courses to allow students to begin enrollment in the fall into the MMT degree course sequence)

Year 1: Fall

MUS 511 Adv. Music Therapy Practicum (0 cr.)
*MUS 515 Adv. Music Therapy Clinical Practice (3 cr.)
MUS 510 Advanced Music Therapy Theory (3 cr.)
MUS 560 Music and Imagery (2 cr.)

Year 1: Spring

MUS 520 Advanced Music Therapy Practice II (3 cr.)
MUS 530 Music Therapy Ethics (2 cr.)
MUS 550 Music Psychotherapy (2 cr.)
*MUS 511 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (0 cr.)

Year 2: Summer

MUS 525 Cross Cultural Awareness in MT (3 cr.)
*MUS 511 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (0 cr.)
MUS 570 Music, Neurology & Physiology (3 cr.)
MUS 540 Music Therapy Research I (3 cr.)
MUS 545 Music Therapy Research II (3 cr.)

Year 2: Fall

MUS 525 Cross-Cultural Awareness in Music Therapy (3 cr.)
MUS 535 MT Supervision & Prof. Develop (2 cr.)
MUS 545 Music Therapy Research II (3 cr.)
MUS 575 Music Therapy & Palliative Care (2 cr.)
*MUS 511 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (0 cr.)

Year 2: Spring

MUS 555 Music Therapy, Spirituality & Wellbeing (2 cr.)
MUS 585 Adv. MT Group Work (3 cr.)
*MUS 511 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum (0 cr.)
MUS 590 Interdisciplinary Prac. & Research (3 cr.)
MUS 565 Adv. MT with Infants, Child. & Family (2 cr.)

Year 3: Summer into Fall

**MUS 546 Clinical Music Therapy Internship (2 cr.) – 6 month internship

Year 3: Spring

MUS 520 Adv. Music Therapy Clinical Practice II (3 cr.)
*MUS 511 Music Therapy Practicum (0 cr.)

Year 3: Summer

MUS 580 Transcultural Music Therapy (6 cr.)
MUS 576 MT in Trauma Informed care (3 cr.)
MUS 595 Final Project (2 cr.)

*MUS 511 Advanced Clinical Practicum (0 cr.) is a required co-requisite with MUS 515 and 520 and must be taken with at least two of the following courses: MUS 525, 550,560, 565, 575, or 585.
**Must complete piano and guitar proficiency exams (all proficiency exams must be completed before the start of the clinical internship)