Master of Music Therapy

Integrate personal and professional development through an examination of self, your clinical practice, coursework, and immersion in various research paradigms in the Master of Music Therapy (MMT) at Temple's Boyer College of Music and Dance.  This 36-credit graduate program guides you in understanding the impact of your approaches to therapy, your use of music and the therapeutic process.

Coursework emphasizes theory, research, ethics and supervision to provide in-depth, experiential knowledge of music therapy methodologies and applications. The curriculum focuses on didactic and experiential training in two areas of clinical study: Music Medicine and Music Psychotherapy.  

  • Music Medicine explores how music and the client-therapist relationship are used to facilitate mind-body communication and health.
  • Music Psychotherapy investigates how music and the client-therapist relationship are used to promote emotional and interpersonal growth.

Electives are offered in hospice care, music psychotherapy, and both state licensure and PhD preparation.

Students interested in the Licensed Professional Counselor Program can take an additional 12 credit hours in the counseling program to satisfy Pennsylvania state requirements for licensure. Culminating events in the MMT program include a comprehensive exam and a final project.

Master of Music Therapy / Combined Master’s Equivalency

Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in another area of music (e.g., performance or music education) but who are not certified in music therapy can apply to the combined master’s equivalency program. This program integrates the undergraduate core courses in music therapy required for entry-level certification with the master’s program.

Learn more about the Master of Music Therapy / Combined Master’s Equivalency program requirements

Classes & Curriculum

The coursework in this 36-credit program includes

  • Advanced Clinical Training,
  • Modes of Clinical Supervision,
  • Multicultural Music Therapy,
  • Music in Medicine,
  • Music Therapy Ethics,
  • Qualitative Research in Music Therapy and
  • Quantitative Research in Music Therapy.

Learn more about the Master of Music Therapy coursework.

Related Graduate Degrees

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Intensive Learning Retreats & Online Instruction

Music Therapy courses are offered through various combinations of intensive learning retreats and online instruction via the Canvas program. The amount of time spent in class versus online varies according to the content and objectives of each course. Some courses require the full 12 to 13 hours per credit in class time, while others require less in-class time with more instructional time online. Two intensive retreats are offered each semester. Each retreat lasts from eight to 10 days, but you will only attend those days on which your classes meet.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Master of Music Therapy offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,187.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,583.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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