This American Music Therapy Association–approved master of arts program combines advanced clinical preparation in counseling with course work in music therapy and theory, preparing you to work as a music therapist in hospitals, schools, and treatment centers. You will apprentice with leading professionals in music psychotherapy, and upon graduating, qualify to apply for national certification. Graduates also meet the academic requirements for New York State licensure as a creative arts therapist.
Degree Name: Music Therapy
Academic Plan Code: MUST
Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.
Fall: January 6
Program Website | 212-998-5452
How to Apply
These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.
Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.
1. Prepare Your Application
You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application.
You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in this particular program as part of your application. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the admissions committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.
Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended or are attending. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline.
If you completed or are completing a degree at an institution outside of the US or Canada, you are required to provide a WES or ECE evaluation. Please review our requirements for translation and a course-by-course evaluation of your transcripts.
Two letters of recommendation are required. We prefer letters from academic instructors; letters from employers, employment supervisors, or supervisors of volunteer work are also acceptable if your position involved a human service component.
See testing requirements.
All applicants to the Music Therapy program are required to complete an audition and interview.
Applicants must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition and interview.
The interview portion will involve a discussion of your:
- Educational and professional background
- Professional or volunteer experience with client populations
- Knowledge about the profession of music therapy
- Readiness for advanced music therapy training
See the auditions section below for details on what to prepare.
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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed, and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.
You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.
If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.
Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.
Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.
Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendation, by the application deadline.
3. Receive Your Admission Decision
You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.
Schedule Your Audition
All prospective students must apply for admission to NYU Steinhardt before scheduling an audition.
The audition date for Fall 2022 admission is Sunday, February 27, 2022.
All auditions will take place via the Zoom platform. You will receive a Zoom invitation and the specific time of your interview one week prior to the audition. Please be sure to inform us what time zone you will be in on the day of the audition. All times given to you will be in Eastern Standard Time, the time zone of New York City. The interview will take approximately one hour.
Candidates should prepare to play their major instrument, piano, and guitar. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their technical ability, expressive range, and familiarity with different musical styles with each of these instruments.
Ability to sight-read, improvise, and play by ear are all evaluated during the audition. Please provide an email link to which the material to be sight read can be sent at the beginning of your interview.
Candidates will also be asked to sing and accompany themselves on a harmonic instrument.
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