PhD in Music Education with a Focus in Music Therapy

PhD in Music Education with a Focus in Music Therapy

Develop Research Skills and Focus Your Studies on Music Therapy

Deepen your understanding of music therapy and become a competent researcher in the field. There are two options for PhD study in music therapy at NYU: A PhD in Music Education (with a Music Therapy focus) and a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences.

PhD in Music Education with a Music Therapy focus

The highly individualized curriculum of this degree allows you to design a program of study based on your specific areas of interest. Coursework and dissertation topics can be drawn from qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-methods options.

Prospective students should be credentialed music therapists with an articulated area of clinical specialization who want to develop research skills, either in service of an academic career or to be integrated into a clinical position. You can complete this program by studying on a full-time or part-time basis, allowing for additional flexibility.

See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

How You'll Learn

Foundations Coursework
As a doctoral student in this program, you will complete 6 points, or credits, (two courses) of foundations classes. Graduate courses qualify for the foundations requirement when they are upper division courses (NYU Steinhardt 2000-level courses or their equivalent in other schools) and 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.

Cognates and Advised Research Courses
You will also complete cognate coursework – classes outside your area of specialization or that combine music with another academic discipline – and research courses that are related to your proposed topic or area of research interest. Selected by advisement, research coursework 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.

Degree Details
PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences

The Rehabilitation Science doctoral degree program is a scientific degree that can include quantitative or mixed-methods research. It is designed for students with interests in multi-disciplinary collaboration (such as with speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, etc.). Music therapists are eligible to apply for a scholarship to this program that covers tuition and includes a stipend for living expenses. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis, but only full-time students are eligible for scholarship support. See the curriculum and requirements for this degree.

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