Graduate Program

The graduate program at Western Michigan University is a 30-credit hour Master of Music program that includes the examination of current research and issues affecting the clinical, academic, and professional preparation of music therapists. Clinical application is also stressed along with the development of a "model of practice" in music therapy at a local facility as part of the graduate practicum experience that is overseen by a faculty member.  Students in the graduate program have the option to complete either the thesis or a graduate capstone project as the culminating requirement for the degree.

Course work in many other cognate areas is also available for non-music elective course work including, but not limited to:

  • Counseling
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Psychology
  • Holistic health
  • Gerontology

Admission Requirements for the Master of Music in Music Therapy:

  • Earned baccalaureate degree in music therapy or a baccalaureate in music
  • Board certification as a professional music therapist (if you have not yet obtained board certification in music therapy, please first apply to our Music Therapy Equivalency  certificate program. Equivalency students who plan to continue to the Master of Music Therapy degree may apply to take graduate courses concurrently with equivalency courses starting the second year.
  •  Complete a preliminary exam in functional piano, music history, and music theory
  • No GRE scores or formal audition are required as part of the application process

Faculty areas of expertise include:

  • Behavioral health
  • Clinical musicianship
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Hospice
  • Improvisation
  • Inpatient psychiatric (developmental disabilities, general, and forensic)
  • Pediatric medical
  • Older adults
  • Oncology

Graduate Assistantships:

Graduate assistantships are available annually to qualified graduate students in music therapy. The duties of a graduate assistant include the teaching of lower level music therapy courses and clinical supervision of practicum courses. See the School of Music's Graduate Assistantships page for more information.

Master's Degree Curriculum Guide 

Graduate Program non-music electives 

Master's degree worksheet