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Full-Tuition Scholarships Available

All accepted students are considered based on academics and musical ability.

Music Therapy

The Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy is your gateway to a career as a board-certified music therapist. At Duquesne University, we provide a vibrant and supportive learning community that encourages self-discovery, creative thinking, and individualized growth. Innovative and comprehensive training connects your passion for music with your desire to improve the health and wellbeing of patients in a variety of clinical settings.

Our Program is Unique
  • Our board-certified music therapy faculty are nationally recognized educators and researchers committed to mentoring students in their development as both clinicians and professionals.
  • Beginning in the very first year of studies, you will gain clinical experience at prestigious and unique facilities such as Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Community LIFE, The Children's Institute, and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital.
  • You will have access to diverse opportunities for professional advancement through seminars, workshops, and networking with healthcare professionals.
  • Customize your learning experience by choosing from a related minor, including psychology, global health, public health, and intercultural engagement.
  • The Music Therapy Student Association connects you with the national music therapy community, including professional organizations such as the American Music Therapy Association and the Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association.
  • For over 40 years, our graduates have been active and ambitious professionals, serving patients across the country, assuming a variety of leadership positions, and presenting at regional and national professional conferences.
  • Students are active as musicians, performing in ensembles and taking private lessons from our GRAMMY Award-winning performance faculty, and leading community-engaged service and music-making activities.

A degree in music therapy from the Mary Pappert School of Music will set you apart as a leader in the field and provide opportunities to work in different healthcare and education settings, including mental health programs, medical hospitals, pediatric hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term skilled nursing facilities, hospice, and palliative care programs, special education programs, assisted-living facilities, and more. 

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Admission to the Mary Pappert School of Music involves a 2-step process that includes an application to Duquesne University as well as an audition/interview. Learn more about this process.



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