Music Therapy Equivalency

If you have a foundation in music (preferably a bachelor’s degree in music) and wish to become a music therapist, the equivalency program will provide you with the foundational coursework, internship, and graduate studies necessary to earn a Master of Music Therapy degree.  Scholarships are available.

  • Our MMT Equivalency is designed to supplement your foundation in music with the undergraduate and graduate coursework necessary for you to become a board-certified music therapist in just three years.
  • On-campus undergraduate coursework and online graduate coursework allow you to continue your established professional career while you work toward the MMT and board certification.
  • With a focus on community-engaged practice and medical music psychotherapy, you will learn how to provide specialized intensive psychological, emotional, and psychospiritual support to patients in various medical settings such as cancer centers, neonatal intensive care units, and hospices.
  • Explore how to provide ethical, culturally responsive healthcare services that engage patients as active collaborators and stakeholders in their health journeys.
  • Learn to become an adaptive and resilient healthcare professional in a rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem.

View 2023–2024 Master of Music Therapy Equivalency Curriculum

Audition Overview

Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music also includes a formal audition. Learn more about the audition process & guidelines.

Program Information

Optional Licensed Professional Counselor Track

Program Type




Academic Department

Music Education and Music Therapy



Required Credit Hours

27 Equivalency credits; 32 Masters credits - total of 59 credit hours

MMT Equivalency Program Director

Meng-Shan Lee

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

Meng-Shan Lee headshot on a gray background.