Music Therapy Master of Music (M.M.) – Music Therapy Specialization

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Students may be admitted for the fall and spring semester. Summer admission is not available.

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester November 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1 Review Minimum Admission Requirements

The music therapy (M.M.) degree requires applicants to have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree in music therapy from a regionally accredited institution, or a bachelor's degree and completion of a music therapy equivalency program. No exceptions allowed.
  • Board certification in music therapy (or international equivalent).
  • GRE test scores are not required for this program.

Note that meeting the minimum department standards does not ensure admission to the program. Admission to Colorado State University graduate programs is based on a number of factors, including prior academic and professional experience and the personal statement.

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Three professional recommendations are required. Recommenders should be able to speak to your current or potential abilities in music therapy. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Statement of professional goals
    Summarize your long-term professional and educational goals and how graduate studies will contribute to both.
  • Writing sample
    Please address the following questions in your writing sample. Limit your sample to 3 pages, double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman.
    • What is the current state of the music therapy profession?
    • What do you hope to see in the future of the profession?
    • What do you see as your role in the future of the profession?
  • Music audition
    Please face the camera, state your name, tell why you are interested in pursuing a master's degree, and why you are interested in Colorado State University (2 minutes maximum). Demonstrate music skills by playing a piece on the piano at your skill level and playing a piece on your primary instrument at your skill level (if piano, play a contrasting piece). Demonstrate your clinical skills by choosing two songs (popular, standard, original, etc.) appropriate for your client population and explaining how you would use the songs in therapy -OR- showing video of yourself in the clinic. If clients are visible in your video you must secure the appropriate permissions. Music and clinical portion of the video should be no more than 10 minutes total. Upload your music audition video to your online application. Email or mail submissions will not be accepted. Contact Dr. Blythe LaGasse for more information.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application form and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations or transcripts to move your application forward.

  • Select "Music MM – Distance" when choosing the program of study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from every institution attended, whether or not you received a degree from those institutions. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Official transcripts can be either mailed in or sent as e-transcripts.

Send e-transcripts to:

Send paper copies to:
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

Information for International Students

Official transcript translation

Ensure official copies include a certified translation into English (only one set of transcripts is required).

Official test scores

Colorado State University requires that proficiency in English language be demonstrated either by the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE academic tests prior to admission. Please submit one of the official scores from the list below. Tests must be taken within two years prior to admission and submitted directly from the Educational Testing Service (select institution code: 4075).

  • The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 550 (paper-based), or 80 (internet-based).
  • The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5.
  • The minimum PTE Academic score for admission without condition is 65.

In general, all applicants from countries in which English is not the official language, and who do not have an undergraduate degree from a country in which the official language is English (Canada, U.K., Australia, USA, New Zealand, etc.), must submit one of the official test scores from the list above.

Proof of financial support

Submit the IDRF Form to show evidence of adequate financial support as required before an immigration document can be issued by Colorado State University.