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.

Loyola’s campus music therapy program is considered one of the most respected music therapy programs in the country, and the online music therapy program is endorsed by the American Music Therapy Association. Both the online and campus programs are taught by faculty members who are leaders in the field of music therapy and engaged in clinical practice, research, writing, and advocacy. The 36-credit master’s program is designed for Board-Certified music therapists who wish to develop advanced clinical skills research or business skills and earn a highly-respected graduate degree. For students who want to earn the master’s but do not have Board Certification, there is a bachelor’s equivalency program option in which students complete additional courses and fieldwork in preparation for Board Certification and master’s coursework.

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, master’s students in the 36-credit track will likely come to campus once per semester for two to five days.

Students who are not Board-Certified and entering the equivalency and master’s program will complete about 60 credit hours total (depending on a student’s undergraduate degree and prior training) and will likely be required to spend a year on campus in immersive preparation for Board Certification. The 60-credit track also includes a six-month internship to gain advanced clinical expertise and valuable experience leading music therapy sessions for a diverse population of patients.

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.