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Train to be a music therapist and help others

Working in a rapidly-expanding field of music

Music Therapy (Master of Music Therapy)

Offered by: Music Department

Are you ready to take your music therapy training to the next level? Slippery Rock University's Master of Music Therapy program is designed to prepare advanced-level professional music therapists in a nationally accredited program to work in the rapidly-expanding field of music therapy by providing students with the opportunity to expand the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills in music therapy. 


SRU's Master of Music Therapy program will prepare graduates to have an advanced knowledge of and skills in music therapy theory, clinical practice, and research. Graduates will attain advanced musical and artistic skills and awareness of personal, cultural, and social factors that impact the therapeutic relationship and an in-depth understanding of their professional role.


Slippery Rock University's Master of Music Therapy offers:

  • A 36-48 credit hour blended program with a two year rotating curriculum with optional Counseling Concentration
  • A flexible and convenient hybrid format (interactive online classes and face-to-face intensives) ideal for working professionals and second career musicians
  • Unique advanced music therapy training with a strong emphasis on culture, diversity, ethics, and social justice throughout the curriculum
  • Courses taught by distinguished internationally recognized faculty

Requirements and Professional Licensure Certification

Applicants to the master of music therapy program must have completed a bachelor's degree in music therapy (with a GPA of 3.00 or higher), including an internship in an approved program, or have completed a music therapy equivalency program, including completing a music therapy internship. Applicants to the equivalency master of music therapy program must have completed a bachelor's degree in music. (Students with a GPA below 3.0 may apply for conditional admission).

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official Transcripts- Undergraduate/Graduate (Official transcripts must be sent by institution via electronic transcript e-share to graduate.admissions@sru.edu or via mail- faxed copies will not be considered official)
  • Resume (submit to graduate.admissions@sru.edu )
  • Statement of Professional Goals (submit to graduate.admissions@sru.edu )
  • A video-recording of three songs accompanied on piano and three songs accompanied on guitar. On each instrument, there must be one song appropriate for children, one for adolescents or adults, and one for older adults. Video-recording may be submitted by sending a DVD to the Graduate Admissions Office or by Dropbox.com and emailed to graduate.admissions@sru.edu
  • Synchronous video interview with the MMT program director. Interviews will be scheduled after all other application materials have been filed.


SRU's Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Students completing this program are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the Music Therapist - Board Certified (MT-BC) Credential. Pennsylvania does not require state licensing; however, some states do require licensing for music therapists. If you are interested in practicing in another state, please contact the licensing board in that state.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Hadley's newest book is Experiencing Race as a Music Therapist: Personal Narratives (Barcelona, 2013), for which she was awarded the 2016 Slippery Rock University President's Award for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Achievement. Furthermore, Dr. Hadley was the 2015 faculty awardee of SRU's Women of Distinction award. The nomination stated: "Dr. Hadley is a cornerstone of the music department and an accomplished scholar who challenges and supports students simultaneously. As a music therapy clinician and professor, she compassionately inspires growth and insight within the people around her. Her work in critical race studies, disability studies and feminist studies reflect her commitment to diversity and her stand against discrimination at every level. Indefatigable, she makes students' concerns and well-being a top priority and has changed their lives in often profound ways."