Master of Arts in Music Therapy

As a music therapist, you already know music’s power to help people heal and transform their lives. With Berklee's master of arts in music therapy program, you'll broaden your skill set by learning the latest techniques and technology in contemporary music therapy. Berklee prepares the next music therapy leaders for innovative work in clinical, research, educational, or community-based programs. 

The master of arts in music therapy provides advanced instruction for board-certified music therapists. With specialties in both conventional and integrative medicine and in research, you will focus on contemporary music in clinical settings, improvisation, applied music technology, and global perspectives. You will also deepen your knowledge of practicing music therapy within different cultural contexts and with diverse populations. Through a contemporary approach to music therapy, you will strengthen your written, oral, and music skills, as well as your clinical skills, in order to excel as a music therapist.

What the Program Gives You

When you complete the master of arts program in music therapy, you'll have the ability to:

  • apply the art and science of music therapy in assessing the effectiveness of therapeutic intervention;
  • synthesize knowledge for the neurological bases for music therapy practice;
  • apply advanced research methods;
  • apply skills in clinical music improvisation;
  • manifest global and contemporary music perspectives into an innovative approach to the field;
  • apply current, advanced technology to music therapy research and practice;
  • integrate theoretical knowledge and clinical skills in a thesis or culminating project; and
  • lead as a therapist, music therapy administrator, researcher, and health care professional.

Part-time, Online Format

You can pursue a master of arts in music therapy as a part-time student in a blended online/on-campus program. In addition to your online courses, each fall and spring semester includes a four-day on-campus symposium for all faculty and students. The online courses are highly interactive and creative. To help you prepare for online study, you will have the opportunity to complete a How to Take an Online Course minicourse before beginning the program.

The program contains 33 semester hours of credit over two years (five semesters, including a seven-week summer semester) of part-time study. Review course descriptions and program of study.

Culminating Experience

The culminating experience or thesis provides an opportunity for you to synthesize all you have learned in the program. This project helps to shape your next steps in the profession and in your career. Through this learning opportunity, you make a creative contribution to, and/or define and solve, a problem that exists in the profession. The contribution may take the form of a research project or a clinical project. An advisor will guide you all along the way as you design and execute your culminating project. You will also have the opportunity to present your work to your advisor and to the college community. 


In addition, you will participate in an on-campus symposium in fall and spring semesters. The symposia will involve observations of local music therapists, group experiential exercises, and clinical demonstrations.

Read the application instructions for this program.