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

Requirements and Curriculum


  • Plan A – 30 credits are required.
  • Plan B – 32 credits are required.
  • A minimum of 24 credits must be earned at Colorado State University (up to six transfer credits accepted).
  • Up to nine credits may be taken before formal admission to the degree program.
  • The degree is available with a thesis (Plan A) or a non-thesis (Plan B) option in which the student completes a final project and written exam.


With this graduate degree, you will take a wide variety of courses in music therapy and related areas. This program includes 15 credits of required music therapy courses. The program also includes 15 (Plan A) – 17 (Plan B) credits of electives, allowing students to choose coursework that will best fit their professional and educational needs. Required courses are delivered online and all music therapy courses are designed for the working music therapy professional.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

6 credits of music electives, with options including:

9 (Plan A) or 11 (Plan B) credits of non-music electives selected from areas including Biomedical Sciences, Education Research Methods, Psychology, and more. You work with your advisor to customize the plan based on your interests and learning needs.

The Learning Experience

This graduate degree is delivered online, with one four-day, on-campus visit in Fort Collins, CO, typically during one summer session.

This program gives you the flexibility to complete the same degree offered on campus, but from the comfort of your own home, and at your own pace. The typical program for a full-time music therapist includes two classes per semester, with degree completion possible in five to six semesters (including a minimum of one summer semester).

Your level of interaction with the faculty and fellow students depends on the specific course. Many courses involve active communication with other professional music therapists on discussion boards, group chats, and/or group projects. Online course instructors will provide you with online office hours and email contact.

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