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Music Therapy, B.Mus.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Athens, OH, United States
The Music Therapy curriculum at Ohio University attracts students desiring to pursue a career in music therapy, combining musical talent, interest in the behavioral sciences, and service to individuals with special needs and health issues.
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The curriculum emphasizes musicianship, clinical application, measurement, and practice-related research. The program offers six semesters of supervised practicum (service-learning) opportunities in hospice, hospitals, psychiatric facilities for adults and children, extended care facilities, public schools, treatment centers, correctional facilities, and developmental centers. 

The University-affiliated Athens Community Music School provides students the opportunity to work with individuals and their families. Internship application and selection is assisted by faculty, with students accepted by excellent clinical training programs throughout the country. Coursework prepares the student for positions in medical, education, and community health-related settings, as well as private practice.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students who complete requirements for the Bachelor of Music Therapy degree at Ohio University must then take the national board certification examination in order to become a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), the credential required to practice as a professional. The MT-BC may take positions in educational facilities, treatment centers, medical facilities and other specialized facilities for children and adults with special needs. In the past several years new positions (The AMTA 2009 Member Sourcebook) have occurred at over twice the rate of positions lost. To meet a growing number of positions requiring advanced clinical, research, and management skills, music therapists may pursue the Masters of Music in music therapy. Those music therapists who desire teaching and research positions in higher education may pursue a doctorate in music education or a related area with an emphasis on music therapy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Performance Lab
  • Theory
  • Dictation & SS
  • Principal Instrument
  • Ensemble
  • Class Piano
  • Class Voice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application form
  • $70 international application processing fee
  • Official academic records
  • Evidence of sufficient funding
  • Statement of activities.
  • Exams for scholarship consideration
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS results if available. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22406 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    22406 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22406 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    12612 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12612 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Athens

  • 1079 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

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