Master of Arts in Music Therapy at University of the Pacific is a graduate-level program designed for students with an undergraduate degree in music or fields related to music therapy, who seek both entry- and advanced-level training in music therapy. Choose between Stockton and San Francisco; in San Francisco we offer a hybrid format, wherein courses are offered online (asynchronously), online/remote (synchronously), hybrid (in-seat and online/remote synchronously) (pending AMTA approval), and in-seat. 

  • Two-year path for board-certified music therapists or candidates eligible to sit for the board examination.
  • Three-year path plus the 6-month internship for students with an undergraduate degree in music or fields related to music therapy (e.g., psychology, special ed, etc.) who seek both entry- and advanced-level training in music therapy.

The course of study begins with strong foundational musicianship and adds specific knowledge and skills that meet both the professional and advanced-level competencies established by the American Music Therapy Association.

 

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  • Designed for students with an undergraduate degree music therapy
  • Advanced-level clinical skills or research practice 
  • Limited graduate assistantships available

  • During the first two years, students focus on the completion of all entry level music therapy courses, fieldwork, and competencies, as well as some graduate-level courses.
  • Next, students complete a clinical internship and sit for the CBMT exam.
  • After the internship, students return to the university to complete graduate coursework, advanced clinical work, and a culminating graduate project (e.g., thesis or clinical clerkship portfolio).
Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of GA positions are available to qualifying students entering the Master of Arts in Music Therapy program for the 2022-23 academic year. 

Partial assistantships may also be awarded. Assistantships are available for a second year, with the possibility of an increase in award depending on the candidate’s success with the assistantship and with graduate coursework.

Contact Program Director Eric Waldon with questions at ewaldon@pacific.edu.

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GA Requirements

  • Music Therapy Board Certification (MT-BC)
  • clinical work experience
  • strong musicianship
  • a resume and cover letter
  • graduate school application
  • interview

GA Benefits

  • Full tuition waiver
  • An annual stipend of $11,520 for 20 hrs/week of service
  • Health insurance
  • Serve as a clinical fieldwork (practicum) supervisor for pre-internship music therapy students under the supervision and with the support of the music therapy faculty.
  • Develop advanced clinical specializations, supervision and program development skills, college teaching or research.
Two or Three-Year Path
Notable Program Features
  • Stockton or San Francisco Campus
  • Two-years (32 units) for board-certified music therapists or candidates eligible to sit for the board examination
  • Three-years plus internship (55 units) for students with undergraduate degree in music or music-therapy related field
  • Fall (summer session III) or spring semester start
  • In-person program

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in music or music therapy related field
  • General GRE (Not required for applicants with a GPA of 3.5 or higher)
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Musical Skills Assessment:
    • Perform two contrasting pieces on primary instrument/voice.
    • Sing one piece from traditional or contemporary musical repertoire with self-accompaniment on piano (e.g., popular, jazz, country, musical theater; a lead sheet or sheet music may be used).
    • Sing one piece from traditional or contemporary musical repertoire with self-accompaniment on guitar (e.g., popular, jazz, country, musical theater; a lead sheet or sheet music may be used).
    • Sing one piece a capella from memory, drawn from folk, patriotic or children's musical repertoires (e.g., America the Beautiful, You Are My Sunshine, This Little Light of Mine).
  • For international students, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required.

Tuition

Tuition and fees are set annually: the per-unit graduate tuition rate for the 2021-22 academic year is $1,566 plus applicable fees.

Federal Student Loans

Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens may apply for federal student loans.

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Outcomes

Our graduates enter the field equipped to use music-based interventions in a focused and concentrated manner to address health-related, psychological, educational, and other rehabilitative needs. Advanced study in various research, theoretical, philosophical, and multicultural orientations further prepares graduates for work in research, higher ed, and complex clinical settings.

American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) 2021 Workforce Analysis

This document contains a detailed, descriptive, statistical narrative of demographics, employment, salaries, and facts, all of which help to describe aspects of the music therapy profession.

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