Master of Music Therapy

Learn more about our bachelor's degree here: BA in Music Therapy


Why a graduate degree in music therapy?

“There are many reasons why individuals pursue a master’s degree in music therapy, even though it is not a requirement for certification. The literature suggests master’s-level music therapists have better job satisfaction (Braswell, Decuir, & Jacobs, 1989Cohen & Behrens, 2002) and stay in the field longer (Cohen & Behrens, 2002Vega, 2010).” Iwamasa, June 2019, p. 8. Music Therapy Perspectives, miz010

Alverno College, a pioneer in music therapy for more than 70 years, continues to be a leader in this growing and rewarding field and is proud to offer Wisconsin’s first Master of Music Therapy program.

Spring 2020 Online Course Offerings
Jan. 25 - May 15

These courses also may be taken for professional development without application for the full degree program. Please contact Becky Engen for details.

MMT 610 Music Therapy Theory I          
3 credits
instructed by Becky Engen, PhD, MT-BC

MMT 630 Counseling Skills for Music Therapists        
3 credits
instructed by Lisa Gallagher, ABD, MT-BC

MMT 730 Advanced Music Therapy Practicum
2 credits
instructed by Becky Engen, PhD, MT-BC

MCP 627 Culturally Engaged Counseling
3 credits, on-campus Friday evenings

Get a taste of our graduate environment with a 20 CMTE short course at


The graduate program in music therapy at Alverno accepts persons with a bachelor’s degree or equivalency in music therapy from a regionally accredited institution and who are board-certified or an international equivalent.

Convenient and flexible
To best serve music therapists both locally and globally, Alverno’s MMT program is designed in a distance-learning format with low residency. You’ll take most of your classes online and will be required to be on campus for up to one week each summer (for full-time students, adjusted accordingly for part-time students).

Practice grounded in research
At Alverno, our advanced practicum modules will allow you to deepen your clinical practice by taking a reflective look at your personal philosophy of music therapy and refining your use of evidence-informed music therapy techniques to help your clients improve their health and lives. Your learning will connect the advanced theories in the profession with a breadth of research.

Learn from the best
You’ll work closely with faculty who are board-certified, practicing music therapists. Our faculty are leaders in the field, and you’ll benefit from their deep expertise and industry connections.

A professional edge
Alverno is internationally known for its unique abilities-based curriculum. Instead of competing against classmates, you’ll strive to achieve your personal best — practicing the hands-on skills you need to be a strong communicator, leader, critical thinker and problem solver. These strengths will serve you well when you’re interviewing for a new job or advocating on behalf of your clients.

How you can use your degree
A Master of Music Therapy degree will give you an edge and prepare you for advanced areas of practice in a variety of areas, including hospitals, hospice, mental health and private practice settings. Electives make up 50 percent of this 36-credit program. Our faculty can help you customize the program to meet your career goals and needs, whether you simply wish to enrich your clinical practice or aspire to leadership, advocacy, management or college-level teaching.

How to apply
Complete our free application at Alverno requires your official college transcripts, proof of board certification, three professional letters of recommendation, interview and demonstration of applied clinical musicianship, a professional statement, and a signed computer access and technology skills form. If you have questions related to the admissions process, please contact Janet Stikel, director of graduate admissions, at or 414-382-6112. 


Have questions about studying Music Therapy at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

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Becky EngenBecky Engen, Ph.D., MT-BC
Director, Master of Music Therapy