Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

Master of Science in Music Therapy

Master of Science in Music Therapy

Students in the Master's program are required to take thirty hours of courses including Music Therapy, Science, and elective courses. Music Therapy courses focus on research methods, theory and scholarship as they relate to research, clinical practice, statistics, and to the thesis. Students have the option of studying Music Technology in addition to Music Therapy. The Music Technology core includes principles of production using music technology, Music Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI)-based music applications for composition and improvisation, and multimedia production including visual and sound resources.

Application Requirements

  • Evidence of music therapy board-certification
  • Minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the undergraduate degree
  • Submission of the Universityonline application
  • All official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate study
  • Three letters of recommendation in support of the application (they may be on business letterhead or submitted through the online application link)
  • Any information that demonstrates personal experience in music technology and musicianship (e.g., original compositions)
  • In-person or telephone interview with the Music Therapy Program Director
  • Video demonstrating competence on piano, voice, and guitar prior to acceptance

Please note: The GRE is recommended but not required for admission to the MSMTh program. It is required for applicants seeking a University Graduate Scholarship or Fellowship as a full-time student.

International applicants from other than English speaking countries must take the TOEFL.

Degree Requirements

30 credit hours for degree, including:

  • 12 credit hours in Music Therapy core courses (MUS-N530, MUS-N531, MUS-N532, MUS-N533)
  • 6 credit hours in Science specialization (at the 400 level - including MUS-N600)
  • 6 hours of approved electives (at the 400 level or above)

Minimum grade point average:

  • 3.0 average to continue;
  • No grades lower than "B" in core courses and cognate fields will be counted toward the degree
  • No grades lower than "C" will be counted toward the degree

 Residency requirement (on-campus student only)

  • 3 consecutive summers or 1 summer and a contiguous academic term