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 theory, music history, and composition. In addition, the program includes courses in psychology, physiology, and a clinical core emphasizing the research aspects of music therapy.

Required Courses

Elective Courses

The Learning Experience

This graduate degree is delivered mostly online with one required four-day, on-campus visit in Fort Collins, CO, typically during the second year of the program. These weekends, from Thursday to Sunday, include training that is not possible to receive online.

This program gives you the flexibility to get the degree you want without a strict timeline, but it still requires the same amount of work and time as an on-campus program. It is recommended to allow nine to twelve hours per week for a three-credit course. This will vary depending on your learning and studying style.

Your interaction with the faculty and fellow students depends on the specific course. Online courses do provide you with online office hours and email contact. You also collaborate on projects and exchange ideas with fellow classmates through email and discussion board postings.

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