Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions

Music Therapy

Music Therapy FAQ


Q: Do I need a Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy to be considered for the Master’s Program?

A. A Bachelor’s Degree is required for admission into the Master’s program, but it need not be in Music Therapy. Past graduates have come into the program with backgrounds in areas including medicine, music, psychology, and business.

Q: Are there any classes I should take prior to applying to the Master’s program?

A. There are 2 prerequisite courses that we want incoming students to take: (1) Abnormal Psychology and (2) Developmental Psychology. It is our recommendation that these courses be taken prior to starting the program here at NYU.

Q: How much is tuition?

A: Tuition at the graduate-level is charged on a per credit basis. For the most current information on tuition and fees, please visit

Q: Are there scholarships available?

A: School-based scholarship consideration is available to full-time and part-time applicants (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) who submit a FAFSA by February 1 for the fall semester.  Learn more about eligibility requirements, the application process and the types of financial aid available at NYU Steinhardt at

Q: Do I need to take the GRE?

A. The GRE is not required for application to the MA in music therapy program.

Q: I am an international student. What is the desired TOEFL score for admission?

A. Successful candidates typically score 600 on the paper-based exam or 100 on the internet-based exam.

Q: My primary instrument is not guitar or piano. Should I still apply to this program?

A. We strongly encourage students in our program to work at incorporating their primary instrument into their clinical work. In addition, piano and guitar competencies are required for national certification as a music therapist and are the primary harmonic instruments used to support clinical work.

Q: Are there any special procedures involved in pre-internship and internship clinical placements?

A: Please be advised that licensing agencies and fieldwork placement facilities in your field of study may require that you undergo a criminal background check, the results of which the agency or facility must find acceptable prior to placement or licensure.