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The Master of Science in Music Therapy program is designed to provide board-certified (MT-BC) music therapists with advanced skills and clinical skills in music therapy, and to teach music therapists how to utilize the array of tools available in music technology for such purposes. This degree is offered on campus and online.

Admission Requirements

  1. Board certified by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC)
  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale)
  3. Submission of a university application
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. In-person or telephone admission interview with music therapy faculty
  7. Non-native speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum TOEFL score of 600/97. International students will also need to meet the application requirements of the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Admission Categories

Upon receipt of the completed application, letters of recommendation, transcript, and interview, the Graduate Admissions Committee of the Department of Music and Arts Technology may grant regular admission, grant admission on probation, or reject the application.

Admission on Probation

Students who do not have an undergraduate and graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher may be admitted on probation in exceptional cases. The probationary status continues until 9 credit hours of course work have been successfully completed. At this time student admission requests are re-evaluated. Students who are admitted on probation and incur academic probation during their first semester of study are subject to dismissal.

Degree Requirements

  • A total of thirty (30) credit hours are required for completion of the degree, including:
  • 12 credit hours in music therapy (at the 500 level or above);
  • 9 credit hours in electives (at the 500 level or above);
  • 9 credit hours of science specialization (including thesis)

Minimum Grade Point Average

  • Minimum 3.0 average to continue
  • No grades lower than B in core courses are counted toward the degree
  • No grades lower than C are counted toward the degree

Core Courses

The following courses are required of all students enrolled in the Master of Science in Music Therapy program:

Class/Credit Hours

  • N521 Research Methods in Arts and Music Technology - 3 cr.
  • N530 Philosophy and Theory in Music Therapy - 3 cr.
  • N532 Music in Medicine - 3 cr.
  • N533 Advanced Clinical Techniques in Music Therapy - 3 cr.
  • N600 Music Therapy Thesis - 6-9 cr.