The faculty at Wartburg College takes special pride in its unflagging commitment to prepare our graduates to be leaders in their professions.  Our Master of Arts in Music Therapy provides degree seekers an opportunity to enhance their breadth and depth of knowledge of a vocation that serves a growing segment of our population, in an atmosphere that emphasizes the satisfaction of lives led in helping others. You have already discovered your calling to assist those in need through music. A Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Wartburg College will equip you to claim a place of leadership in this field, as a spirited expression of your faith and learning.

Wartburg College is an accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association. 

MA-MT Questions? Please contact: Alpha Woodward

Questions? Please contact:
Doug Koschmeder
Assistant Dean of the Faculty
(319) 352-8761 

Master of Arts in Music Therapy

The Wartburg College Master of Arts in Music Therapy (MA-MT) offers training in advanced competencies for credentialed music therapists or for those who have completed a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.  The curricular structure of our MA-MT emphasizes research, theory, and clinical practice in a contemporary world, acknowledging that degree seekers already have completed the professional certification in their field.  Candidates will complete coursework in advanced applications and theory, ethnomusicology, advanced field work, a research project, and interdepartmental courses that support music therapy practice in a contemporary world. A full-time student can expect to complete the program in 1.5 years. 

Equivalency + Master of Arts in Music Therapy

The Equivalency Plus Master of Arts in Music Therapy (EP-MA-MT) program offers those who have earned any degree in music the opportunity to pursue a career in music therapy.  Candidates for this program must first complete a specialized curriculum to acquire American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) Professional Competencies, which include practicum experiences and an internship. Upon successful completion of this accelerated portion of the program, candidates may then begin the curriculum for the MA-MT. A full-time student can expect to complete the program in 2.5-3 years. 

Admissions Process – Phase I

Admissions Process – Phase II

  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum 3.00 GPA in their undergraduate coursework and in their music therapy coursework can be admitted on a provisional status.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation with at least one from a previous music therapy faculty member.
  • Provide a personal statement (1-3 pages), which addresses the following questions:            
    How has your education and professional experience prepared your for graduate study in music therapy?           
    What are your career goals in music therapy and how do you see this program helping you reach those goals?            
    Why are you a good candidate for a master’s level degree in music therapy?
  • Provide a curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Submit your GRE scores.
  • Submit TOEFL or IELTS test scores if your first language is not English.

Admissions Process – Phase III

  • Arrange for an interview with the graduate admissions committee.
  • Satisfactory completion of competency tests in guitar, piano and voice.

Materials can be submitted electronically or via mail. Please note official transcripts must be provided directly from the institution and test scores must be provided directly from the testing agency.

Mail: Wartburg College | Vice President of Academic Affairs | 100 Wartburg Blvd | Waverly, IA  50677-0903
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Admissions decisions will be based on space availability.

Tuition & Financial Support

The unit of academic credit at Wartburg is the course credit with a majority of courses being 1.00 course credits. In comparison to other schools who use a semester credit system, Wartburg considers 1.00 course credits equivalent to 3.50 semester credits. A full-time graduate student for the Fall or Winter terms is defined as 2.75 course credits. Tuition cost per course credit is $2,100. Please refer to the Summary of Charges for additional fees. Degree-seeking students who are U.S. citizens and enrolled at least half-time (1.50 course credits) are eligible for federal student loans. Several financial institutions also provide low-interest loans for students. Government agencies and private foundations provide grants to help graduate students pay for their education. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further information – A list of outside scholarship opportunities can be found at Information regarding campus employment can be obtained by contacting the Office of Human Resources.

Room & Board

On-campus room and board opportunities are available. Housing decisions will made based on space availability. Please refer to the Summary of Charges regarding room and board costs.


The Bachman Fine Arts Center has facilities for rehearsal and practice, 50 grand and upright pianos, 22 practice rooms, and 16 music studios.

Perfect your musical skills and heal others. WORTH IT.



Barbara Ashton

Music Therapist in Residence

Alpha Woodward

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy/Dir. of Music Therapy