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3-Year Plus Internship M.A. Program (Stockton and San Francisco)

Offered at our Stockton and San Francisco Campuses

University of the Pacific's 3-year Plus Internship Master of Arts in Music Therapy degree 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. During the first two years, students focus on the completion of all entry-level music therapy courses and competencies, as well as some graduate-level courses. This is followed by the clinical internship required to sit for the Certification Board for Music Therapists (CBMT) exam. After internship, students return to the university to complete advanced coursework, fieldwork, and a culminating graduate project (e.g., thesis or clinical project).

This popular and flexible learning option starts with strong basic musicianship and adds specific knowledge and skills to meet the requirements of CBMT and the American Music Therapy Association. The student and faculty mentor design an individualized plan to complete requirements in a cost-effective and timely manner, expediting entry into the music therapy job market. Our diverse learning community supports the mature individual seeking to enter the music therapy profession. In addition, prior college coursework may satisfy some of the pre-internship requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application 
  • Bachelor's degree in music or related fields
  • Statement of intent
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
  • General GRE scores (not required for students with an undergraduate GPA of above 3.5)
  • Music Audition (live or DVD recording):
    • Prepare two contrasting pieces on principal musical instrument.
    • Sing two pieces from traditional or contemporary musical styles and accompany yourself with piano AND guitar. You may use sheet music or a lead sheet.
    • Sing an American folk song from memory unaccompanied.