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MA, Music Therapy

60 Total Credits Required

Professional Licensure and National Certification

The MA in Music Therapy program is approved by the New York State Education Department and qualifies the student for Licensure in Creative Arts Therapy (LCAT) in New York State after 1500 hours of post graduate supervised practice.

The program is also approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and upon graduation qualifies a student to apply for national certification in music therapy (MT-BC).

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Music Therapy is an on-campus program that places students in supervised field experiences within New York State (NYS). NYU is authorized pursuant to the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) to enroll students in supervised field experiences in the SARA states and territories. For further details regarding NYU's SARA membership please visit the NYU State Authorization website. SARA requires universities to disclose to applicants and students whether programs that lead to professional licensure meet licensure requirements in those states in which students are doing learning placements. If you are interested in having a placement or gaining licensure in a state other than New York, please contact Ken Aigen (

Prerequisites and Degree Requirements

MA students who have no previous music therapy certification complete a maximum of 60 credits. Students who are already certified complete 48 credits for New York State licensure.

The number of credits is contingent upon evaluation and advisement; each student is assigned an adviser at the beginning of the first semester of study. In order to ensure that students meet required pre-requisites and competencies, faculty evaluate applicants’ background at the audition/interview before enrollment, as well as after the first year of study. In this way, we can tailor the course of study to the student's needs and ensure that students meet program objectives and competencies.

Program prerequisites are:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Advanced Primary Instrument Competencies
  • Entry Level Keyboard competencies
  • Entry Level Guitar competencies
  • Entry Level Voice competencies
  • Entry Level Theory and History Competencies

Professional Competency

AMTA Professional Competencies are offered in 17-29 credits of coursework. Students’ entry-level competencies are reassessed after each semester of the first year of the program.

Advanced Competency

All students take 31 credits of advanced coursework.


MPAMT-GE 2947/2948 are repeatable.  They are taken in the first year of the two year program at an entry level and repeated in the second year at a more advanced level.

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