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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Education with a Specialization in Music Therapy

For credentialed music therapists with an articulated area of clinical specialization who want to develop research skills, this degree allows you to design a program of study based on your specific areas of interest. Course work and dissertation topics can be drawn from qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods options. You can complete this program by studying on a full-time or part-time basis.

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Degree Details

Official Degree Title

PhD in Music Education with a Focus on Music Therapy

Full-time or Part-time

Your Academic Experience

As a doctoral student in this degree, you will complete two foundations classes designed to broaden your access to knowledge outside your area of specialization. Courses in this category are based on current scholarship in the arts, humanities, sciences and/or social sciences, and should be applicable to common issues in your area of focus and profession. You will also complete cognate course work – classes outside your area of specialization or that combine music with another academic discipline.


Selected by advisement, your research course work ensures that you have the appropriate skills and expertise to conduct research and analysis necessary to write a dissertation. Potential research courses include those with a wide range of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method focuses. As a culmination of your doctoral program, you will complete and defend a theoretically grounded dissertation under the guidance of your faculty advisor.

Funding for Full-Time PhD Students

If you are accepted as a full-time NYU Steinhardt PhD student without an alternate funding source, you are eligible for our competitive funding package, which includes a scholarship and tuition remission. Learn more about our funding opportunities.


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