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Music Therapy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Students may pursue either Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy or Equivalency/Registration in Music Therapy at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, both will satisfy the required eligibility for taking the national Certification Examination for Music Therapists for the credential of Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC).

The programme

To complete the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, freshman and transfer students with keyboard/voice or instrumental emphases must fulfill the requirements of the degree in General Education, fundamental music, and music therapy core curriculum.

Equivalency/Registration in Music Therapy provides those holding Bachelor's degree in (especially) Music Education the opportunity to fulfill the music therapy competence requirement of the American Music Therapy Association.

Graduation will be only granted to the students completing the required coursework and an approximately 1040-hour internship, which makes one eligible for the Board Certification Examination for Music Therapists. MT-BC is the primary recognized music therapy professional credential in the U.S.. Statistically, SWOSU graduates who took the Board Certification Exam have had 100% pass rate for the past several years!

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:
  • Introduction to Music Therapy 
  • Music Therapy : Music Therapy in Rehab 
  • Field Studies 
  • Recreational Music 
  • Music Therapy: Music Therapy in Mental Health/lllness 
  • Music Therapy IV: Psychology of Music 
  • Music Therapy Competencies and Professional Ethics 
  • Senior Research Project 
  • Senior Recital 
  • Research and Statistics 
  • Music Therapy: Music Therapy in Special Education

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.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.7

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.7 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A completed application for admission along with a one-time $15 application fee
  • A final High School transcript,
  • ACT scores (freshmen and college transfers with less than 24 hours at a university)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    465 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 465 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    235 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 235 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Weatherford

  • 900 - 1400 USD/month
    Living Costs

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