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Use your passion for music to heal and serve people of all ages with various disabilities with a master’s degree in music therapy. One of the most respected music therapy programs in the nation, the Master of Music Therapy (MMT) from Loyola University New Orleans offers a rigorous and well-rounded curriculum, taught by faculty members who are leading researchers, writers, advocates, and clinical practitioners in the field.

Loyola’s online music therapy program is endorsed by the American Music Therapy Association and consists of two tracks – a 36-credit hour traditional graduate degree for students who are already Board-Certified music therapists, and a 60-credit hour graduate and equivalency program for students who do not have a music therapy undergraduate degree and wish to become Board-Certified. Students who are not Board-Certified will need to take additional courses, depending on their undergraduate degree and related experience, as well as participate in additional hours of fieldwork to prepare for Board Certification and master’s coursework. Non-certified students entering the program will likely need to complete one year of residency at Loyola.

Music therapy master’s students will gain real-world experience through an internship program, as well as complete a thesis or scholarly project that demonstrates advanced clinical, supervisory, and methodological knowledge. This program is designed to give students the flexibility to study while maintaining personal and professional commitments.

Coursework includes:

  • Music Therapy Research
  • Music Therapy in Medicine
  • Music Therapy Theories
  • Multicultural Issues in Music Therapy
  • Ethics & Social Justice
  • Advanced Music Psychotherapy Models

Students who enter Loyola’s 100% online Master of Music Therapy program with Board Certification will graduate with an in-demand master’s degree that enables them to grow their current music therapy practice and drive their career forward. Students who do not have Board Certification or an undergraduate degree in music therapy will earn both certification and a graduate degree, equipping students with all of the skills needed to begin successful careers as music therapists.

Whether you are earning the master’s degree or the equivalency and the master’s degree, Loyola’s 100% online Master of Music Therapy will prepare you to address the social, psychological, and cognitive needs of others using music as therapeutic practice. You’ll learn to evaluate and treat diverse populations with active and receptive methods, to facilitate advanced clinical improvisation and musical experiences in various environments, and to conduct field research as part of a team.

Grow your current music therapy practice or start a new career in one of the many settings where the skills of trained, credentialed music therapists are needed, including:

  • Inpatient psychiatric units
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Community mental health centers
  • Special education programs
  • Schools and universities
  • Substance abuse programs
  • Correctional facilities
  • Private practices

Loyola University New Orleans is a private, accredited, Jesuit university open to students of all faiths. Since it was chartered as a university in 1912, Loyola has established a reputation for excellence founded on the principles of disciplined studies and educating the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. Our campus and online degree programs focus on developing all of a students’ talents to the fullest.

At Loyola University New Orleans, we believe that higher education is an investment in yourself, and we want to make that investment as affordable as possible. We offer a variety of financial aid options to help you take the next step in your career.

Financial Aid

Applying for financial aid is easier than you think. A large percentage of Loyola students receive some form of financial aid, including:

  • Federal Loans: Students enrolled at least half-time are eligible for the Federal Direct Student Loan Program, which means that they can borrow subsidized or unsubsidized loans based on need.
  • Private Loans: There are also various private loan options available to students or their parents to pay for education.

Our friendly staff will work with you one-on-one to help you understand your options and check your eligibility. Students should complete the FAFSA as early as possible after January 1 in order to be considered for all types of financial aid.

Employer Reimbursement

Loyola accepts tuition reimbursement from students whose employers offer that benefit.

Veterans Benefits

Loyola University New Orleans participates in several programs designed to support veterans and provide greater access to higher education – including the Post 9/11 program and the Yellow Ribbon program. Contact us to learn more about the financial aid resources Loyola makes available to eligible veterans.

Loyola University New Orleans is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Loyola University New Orleans.

Accreditation by SACSCOC signifies that Loyola meets key criteria that support a quality education. These key criteria include having a clearly-defined mission, the resources to ensure the mission is being met, and measurable educational objectives aligned with its mission.

At Loyola University New Orleans, we value the ideals of service and discipline, which is why we are proud to assist veterans and service members in the completion of their degrees. In fact, Loyola was ranked #8 in US News and World Report’s 2016 “Best Colleges for Veterans (South)” list. Loyola University New Orleans has also been designated a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, a designation awarded to the schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students. Speak with one of our staff to learn more about the variety of resources available to veterans and military students.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Loyola University New Orleans participates in several different programs for students who are eligible for benefits. The most popular program is the Post 9/11 program. If you are 100% eligible, you will receive $26,671 annually in tuition and fees. If you utilize this amount, you will be eligible for Yellow Ribbon. Loyola will provide up to $12,000, which Veterans Affairs will match. You may also be eligible for a monthly basic housing stipend with a value of up to $1,000 per year.

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