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Master of Music Therapy (Online)

Become well-versed in the impact and influence of music.

The master’s in music therapy from Loyola’s renowned School of Music prepares students to excel in the field with advanced clinical, supervisory, and methodological knowledge.

Loyola’s music therapy program is considered one of the most respected in the country, and the hybrid music therapy program is endorsed by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). Both the hybrid and on-campus programs are taught by faculty members who are leaders in the field of music therapy and engaged in clinical practice, research, writing, and advocacy.

Please note: The master of music therapy – bachelor's equivalency program is a hybrid program that requires on-campus coursework in their first year of studies. 

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How to Apply

Review the admission requirements for Loyola's Online Master of Music Therapy program.

Master of Music Therapy Tracks

Loyola’s music therapy master’s program offers two tracks:

  1. 36-credit track for music therapists who already hold the MT-BC credential and wish to develop advanced clinical and research skills
  2. 60-credit track that provides comprehensive education and training for students who have completed an undergraduate music degree in a related field (e.g., music performance, music education, etc.) and wish to become Board-Certified Music Therapists.

Master of Music Therapy Curriculum

Students in the 60-credit master of music therapy – bachelor's equivalency program track will be required to take classes for a year on campus in immersive preparation for board certification. Additionally, students in the bachelor's equivalency track will complete a six-month internship to gain advanced clinical expertise and valuable experience leading music therapy sessions for diverse populations of patients.

Students in the 36-credit master of music therapy program may have the opportunity to come to campus once per semester for two to five day intensive trainings in advanced techniques. 


Degree Overview

36 Credits

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Loyola’s Master of Music Therapy degree online consists of 36 credit hours, which includes:

  • Core courses (18 credit hours)
  • Advanced practicum (2 credit hours)
  • Thesis or scholarly project (2 credit hours)
  • Elective courses (14 credit hours)

Master of Music Therapy – Bachelor's Equivalency Program (60 credits):

  • Core courses (18 credit hours)
  • Advanced practicum (2 credit hours)
  • Thesis or scholarly project (2 credit hours)
  • Elective courses (14 credit hours)
  • Additional prerequisite coursework and internship (23 credits)

Check out the University Bulletin to view further curriculum information about Loyola's online master of music therapy program and download a degree worksheet.

The Loyola School of Music


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Recognized for its excellence, rigor, and innovation, Loyola’s School of Music is an academic community made up of artists, scholars, practitioners, and students who believe in the transformative power of the arts and who are dedicated to the education of the whole person in the Ignatian tradition.

We recruit students who are both artistically talented and intellectually curious and who seek an education that fosters the development of the entire mind and spirit. Whether our master’s in music therapy students go on to careers in the arts or use their study as a springboard to other professions, they carry with them the creativity and discipline necessary for artistic endeavor, linked with the critical judgment that is at the heart of liberal education and the Jesuit value of a life lived with and for others.

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