The Master of Arts in Music Therapy program at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is designed for qualified music therapists who seek an advanced understanding of the therapeutic uses of music, especially as applied to psychotherapy and medicine. Emphasis is given to understanding and applying theories of music therapy, and counseling, and to developing the therapeutic self.
The program is designed especially for persons who, because of work, family or other commitments, cannot pursue a graduate degree in the traditional way. Students spend four to five days on campus at the beginning of each semester; courses begun at this time are completed through guided independent study from students' homes. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College has offered this type of distance learning for over 35 years. Students are also required to come to campus for two 6-day summer intensives during the program.
The Master of Music Therapy program is approved by the American Music Therapy Association. All music programs at SMWC are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.