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Master of Arts in Music Therapy

Master of Arts in Music Therapy

Offered at our Stockton and San Francisco Campus
The Master of Arts in Music Therapy program at University of the Pacific prepares students for a career using music-based interventions in a focused and concentrated manner to address health-related, psychological, educational, and other rehabilitative needs. We offer students greater depth and breadth in knowledge and skills for advanced clinical competency. As a student in our program you'll have supportive and collaborative faculty and small class sizes to offer you a high quality learning experience and individualized mentoring.

Through advanced learning and skilled development you'll have a vital competitive advantage in the current healthcare market and provide quality patient care. We currently offer to two paths to obtaining an MA in Music Therapy:

  • Two-Year Master of Arts, Music Therapy: This 32-unit program is designed for students who hold an undergraduate degree in music therapy (or its equivalent) and are looking for advanced-level clinical or research practice to secure a competitive position in today's rapidly growing health care system. Learn more >
  • Three-Year Plus Internship Master of Arts, Music Therapy:  This 55-unit* program is designed for those with a bachelor's degree in music or related fields (e.g. psychology, special education, etc.) who seek both entry-and advanced-level training in music therapy. This popular and flexible learning option starts with strong basic musicianship and adds specific knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) and the American Music Therapy Association. Learn more >

What is Music Therapy?

Music Therapy is an established healthcare and human services profession that uses music as a vehicle to improve quality of life, optimize health and wellness, and address the needs of children and adults with disabilities or illnesses. Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based music-based intervention by a Board-Certified Music Therapists using music to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.

Why you should study Music Therapy at University of the Pacific?

Pacific is the only school in California that offers advanced level training in music therapy through our MA program. As a graduate student in Pacific's Music Therapy program, you'll benefit from close working relationships with dedicated and passionate professors. Our program allows for flexible study design and personalized mentorship to support your specialized interests and goals.

Record of Excellence

As one of the pioneering programs in the U.S., the music therapy program at the University of the Pacific has maintained accredited undergraduate and graduate programs that have produced outstanding music therapists. In Spring 2014 the University of the Pacific held an event entitled, 75 Years of Music Therapy: A Celebratory Symposium.

* - Additional units may be required depending on prior degree, coursework and experience