Become well-versed in the role music plays in an individual’s physical, cognitive, and emotional health with an online Master of Music Therapy degree from Loyola University New Orleans. Now offered online, Loyola’s renowned music therapy program prepares students to excel in the field with advanced clinical, supervisory, and methodological knowledge.

As one of the most respected music therapy programs in the country, Loyola’s 36-credit hour music therapy master’s degree is endorsed by the American Music Therapy Association and taught by faculty members who are leaders in the field of music therapy and engaged in clinical practice, research, writing, and advocacy.

The program is open to students with or without an undergraduate degree in music therapy and offers two tracks — a 36-credit hour traditional graduate degree for those who are already Board-Certified music therapists (MT-BC) and wish to develop advanced clinical skills research or business skills, and a 60-credit hour graduate and equivalency program for career-changers with a non-music therapy undergraduate degree who wish to become Board-Certified. The 60-credit track includes a six-month internship to gain advanced clinical expertise and valuable experience leading music therapy sessions for a diverse population of patients. Both tracks culminate in either a thesis or scholarly project determined in collaboration with the student’s advisor.

Program Requirements

Loyola’s online music therapy master’s program consists of 36 credit hours, including:

  • 18 Music Therapy core credit hours
  • 2 advanced practicum credit hours
  • 1-2 thesis or scholarly project credit hours
  • 14 elective credit hours

Courses include:

  • Music Therapy Research
  • Music Therapy in Medicine
  • Music Therapy Theories
  • Multicultural Issues in Music Therapy

Depending on which courses they are taking, students will likely come to campus once per semester for 2 to 5 days. For a full list of courses and course descriptions, visit the curriculum page.You can also download the degree program course listings (DPCL) for the 36-credit track and the 60-credit track to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

About the College of Music and Fine Arts

Loyola’s College of Music and Fine Arts serves as the preeminent center of performing and visual arts study among all Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States, and recognizes the historical role of music and the arts in the Roman Catholic Church.

Our College prepares students for professions in the arts, or other fields, in a manner that reflects the Jesuit ideals of truth, service, and justice, and provides the campus, region, and nation with activities demonstrating the University’s commitment to the arts.

School of Music

Recognized for its excellence, rigor, and innovation, Loyola’s School of Music is an academic community made up of artists, scholars, practitioners, and students who believe in the transformative power of the arts and who are dedicated to the education of the whole person in the Ignatian tradition.

We recruit students who are both artistically talented and intellectually curious and who seek an education that fosters the development of the entire mind and spirit. Whether our students go on to careers in the arts or use their study as a springboard to other professions, they carry with them the creativity and discipline necessary for artistic endeavor, linked with the critical judgment that is at the heart of liberal education and the Jesuit value of a life lived with and for others.