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: 48.0
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
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About the Program

The Post-Master’s Certificate in Music Therapy combines didactic, experiential and clinical learning experiences. Students develop advanced music therapy competencies based upon theoretical knowledge, practical skills and self-reflective processes within a framework of multicultural perspectives. Music therapy students study alongside those in the art therapy and dance/movement therapy programs in counseling and psychotherapy core courses. Clinical training occurs in a variety of settings and integrates music therapy with current developmental, neuroscience, mental health and medical foundations. Theoretical and experiential music therapy courses draw upon current evidence-based literature for the development of foundational and advanced methods and techniques. All coursework is designed to assist students in cultivating awareness of the use of the self within the music therapy and counseling relationship. 

 About the Certificate

The certificate program is a 48.0 quarter credit course of study designed to meet the needs of qualified individuals who seek to become eligible to sit for the Board Certification Exam from the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT). The Post-Master’s Certificate in Music Therapy is designed for those with a Master’s degree in another clinical mental health specialty who wish to add a specialization in music therapy with eligibility to sit for the exam of the Certification Board for Music Therapists, to earn the MT-BC credential. Each of the following courses addresses one or more competency areas delineated by the American Music Therapy Association. All are taught at the graduate level.


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 501Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy I2.0
ARTS 502Introduction to Creative Arts Therapy II2.0
ARTS 510Clinical Practicum I: Observation1.0
ARTS 511Clinical Practicum II1.0
ARTS 512Clinical Practicum III1.0
ARTS 519Neuroscience: Concepts and Applications for Creative Arts Therapy 3.0
ARTS 573Clinical Musical Improvisation I2.0
ARTS 574Clinical Musical Improvisation II2.0
ARTS 575Theories in Music Therapy and Counseling I: Musical Development in Children2.0
ARTS 577Music Therapy and Counseling Approaches for Adult Populations2.0
ARTS 578Music Therapy Skills and Counseling Approaches for Child and Adolescent Populations2.0
ARTS 579Music Therapy Skills III: Technological Applications2.0
ARTS 580Psychology of Music2.0
ARTS 581Music Therapy Group Supervision I1.0
ARTS 582Music Therapy Group Supervision II1.0
ARTS 583Music Therapy Group Supervision III1.0
ARTS 610Clinical Internship I3.0
ARTS 611Clinical Internship II3.0
ARTS 612Clinical Internship III3.0
ARTS 670Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills I: Music and Imagery Approaches2.0
ARTS 671Advanced Music Therapy and Counseling Skills II: Group Processes2.0
ARTS 672Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy and Counseling2.0
ARTS 676Theories in Music Therapy and Counseling II: Theoretical Models2.0
ARTS 677Advanced Music Therapy Skills III: Wellness and Mind/Body Approaches2.0
ARTS 678Clinical Internship Laboratory: Musical Analysis2.0
Total Credits48.0
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