Post-Master's Certificate in Music Therapy

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admissions Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 53.5
Instructional Delivery: Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 3 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.2305
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1129

About the Program

The Post-Master’s Certificate (PMC) in Music Therapy is designed for students who hold a Master’s degree in mental health counseling, and want to make the transition to Board Certified Music Therapist, or integrate Music Therapy approaches into their counseling practice. Students who successfully complete the certificate program are eligible for Board Certification through the Certification Board for Music Therapist, a nationally recognized and transferable credential. While an undergraduate degree in Music Therapy or a music-related field is not required to be eligible for the PMC in Music Therapy, applicants must pass a music audition. Upon review of applicant's transcript, additional coursework may be required to meet board certification requirements.

Students in the PMC program take classes alongside students in the Master of Arts in Music Therapy & Counseling program. Through a balance of classroom education and clinically supervised practicum and internship experiences, students develop a strong foundation for skilled clinical practice. The 53.5 quarter-credit curriculum includes music therapy coursework in areas such as clinical musicianship; clinical improvisation; theories and methods for children, adolescents, adults and older adults, and technological applications.

Music therapists use music within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals. Research shows that music therapy is an effective treatment for children, adolescents, adults, and older adults with mental health needs, developmental and learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease and other aging-related conditions, substance abuse problems, acute and chronic pain, and brain injuries. Graduates of the MA in Music Therapy & Counseling program go on to work in a variety of clinical environments, including but not limited to: medical and behavioral health in-patient and out-patient settings; community health and wellness centers; schools and afterschool programs; trauma-informed settings; correctional facilities; elder care facilities, and private practices. Students also pioneer new frontiers in therapy application through clinical work and research.


For additional information about the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ Post-Master’s Certificate in Music Therapy website. Admission requirements for the certificate program are similar to those for the MA program in Music Therapy. For additional information about admission to the program, visit the College of Nursing and Health Professions' Creative Arts Therapies web site.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
ARTS 671Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills II: Group Processes2.0
ARTS 672Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy and Counseling2.0
CATX 501Foundations of the Creative Arts Therapies3.0
CATX 570Clinical Musicianship I2.5
CATX 571Clinical Musicianship II2.5
CATX 572Clinical Musicianship III2.5
CATX 573Clinical Musical Improvisation4.0
CATX 575Music Therapy Theories & Methods: Children and Adolescents4.0
CATX 577Music Therapy Theories & Methods: Adults and Older Adults4.0
CATX 579Technological Applications in Music Therapy2.0
CATX 673Advanced Topics in Music Therapy and Counseling I: Music, Imagery and the Therapeutic Relationship3.0
CATX 674Advanced Topics in Music Therapy and Counseling II: Integrative and Community Processes3.0
CATX 678Advanced Clinical Improvisation & Musical Analysis4.0
Clinical Education
CTCN 512Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision I2.0
CTCN 522Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision II2.0
CTCN 532Clinical Practicum & Practicum Supervision III2.0
CTCN 612Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision I2.0
CTCN 622Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision II2.0
CTCN 632Clinical Internship & Internship Supervision III2.0
Culminating Project
Complete at least 3 credits3.0
Culminating Project in Music Therapy I
Culminating Project in Music Therapy II
Total Credits53.5
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