Degree Offerings and Requirements
In addition to the academic requirements listed below, applicants to the Music Therapy program are required to complete an audition and interview process with the Music Therapy faculty. The students are asked to demonstrate their musical performance abilities. Vocal and instrumental abilities can be joined, as in a self-accompanied song performance. Fundamental knowledge of music will be assessed.
Undergraduate Admission Requirements
- A cumulative high school or college GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- ACT composite score of 20 or SAT-1 combined score of 950.
- A TOEFL score of 550 with no subscore under 50 for students for whom English is a second language. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the Music Therapy program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher.
- Applicants to the Music Therapy program are required to complete an audition and interview process with the Music Therapy faculty. The students are asked to demonstrate their musical performance abilities. Vocal and instrumental abilities can be joined, as in a self-accompanied song performance. Fundamental knowledge of music will be assessed.
- Once the audition and interview process has been successfully accomplished, the student will be fully accepted into the program. Music Therapy majors are expected to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- The audition and interview are ideally accomplished in the semester prior to admission. In the event that a student, because of distance, is not able to come to campus in the months prior to admission, a video recording of the student’s musical performance may be submitted and the interview can be conducted by phone. Auditions can be scheduled by contacting the School of Health Professions, Music Therapy Program Director, at 314.529.9441.
Graduate Admission Requirements
General Graduate Admission Requirement
- Program application for admission.
- Official transcripts from undergraduate, and, if applicable, graduate institutions attended.
- International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550.
Transfer of Credit
No more than six credits can be transferred into any master’s degree program. Only credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred into Maryville.
Master of Music Therapy
Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and board certification in music therapy. Applicants who hold a degree in another area of music but who are not certified in music therapy are eligible to apply for the combined master’s/equivalency program. This program integrates undergraduate courses in music therapy required for certification with the master’s degree curriculum. Applicants who do not have at least 60 undergraduate credits in music must apply initially for the bachelor’s degree.
Application requirements include:
- Application for admission
- Non-refundable application processing fee
- Career goal statement
- Official transcripts of all previous academic work
- Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
- Three letters of recommendation
- On-site or telephone interview
- Music audition
- International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550. Applicants who take the revised TOEFL must achieve a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 79 or higher (85 total for Health Professions and Education). Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact LSI or ELS in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes
An audition and interview may be scheduled after an application has been filed. If a telephone interview is required the applicant must submit an audition DVD for review by the Maryville music and music therapy faculty. The live or recorded audition must consist of two pieces in different styles in the applicant’s major performance medium.
Applicants will be interviewed by Maryville’s music therapy faculty. In addition, faculty from the music department will participate in the interview process. Applicants will be expected to discuss their professional goals, their musical strengths and weaknesses, their philosophy of music therapy and the efforts they have made to advance their knowledge in music therapy.
The applicant’s goal statement should be a one to two page, typed document in which the applicant discusses his/her professional goals and reasons for pursuit of a graduate degree in music therapy. It is expected that this would be a well reasoned and professionally presented statement.
Graduate Bridge/Early Access Programs
Students can achieve early access to the Master of Music Therapy in their final year of preparation. Qualifying undergraduate and equivalency students are encouraged to take graduate level coursework as a bridge to the graduate degree.