Feb 26, 2024
Program of Study for the Dual Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Music Therapy
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree or bachelor’s equivalent in music therapy from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official GRE exam scores, unless waived; proficiency in music theory, aural skills, music history/literature, music performance, piano, and professional music therapy competencies; submission of Master of Music Therapy (MMT) and HPC Department Questionnaires; live or video recorded audition; individual interview for the MMT; and group interview for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC).
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE) requirement may be waived for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher who have completed all other admission requirements.
Location: On Campus
Additional Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility Information
Standardized exam (GRE, GMAT, MAT) waiver eligibility for graduate degree programs at Appalachian State varies by program, but requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned bachelor’s degree or 3.3 or higher in an earned graduate degree. No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the program and by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. More complete information about standardized exam waivers can be found in the Admissions Requirements section of this Bulletin.
Course Requirements for the Dual Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Music Therapy
Total Required (Minimum 72 Hours)
MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Required Courses (39 Hours)
MMT Required Courses (18 Hours)
Choose One of the Following Options (4 Hours)
Shared Required Course (3 Hours)
Electives (12 Hours)
- Electives approved by the CMHC Advisor (9)
- MUS Guided Electives in music or music therapy (3)
Other Requirements for the Dual Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Music Therapy
- Thesis: Optional
- Proficiency: All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in music theory, aural skills, and music history/literature prior to recommendation for Admission to Candidacy
- Candidacy: Required for both programs; see the program directors for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
- Comprehensive: Required for both programs. For CMHC, students should take the required HPC courses (excluding the Internship) prior to taking the comprehensive exam. MMT Comprehensive is required prior to admission to candidacy
- Product of Learning: Not required
Notes for the Dual Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Master of Music Therapy
- Accreditation: The master’s degree program in CMHC is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body. Graduates are immediately eligible to take the examination of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., to become National Certified Counselors. The MMT is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
- Students in CACREP approved programs in the HPC department must meet for a minimum of 10 clock hours in a planned group activity intended to provide direct experiences as a participant in a small group. This requirement is met during HPC 5790.
- On an individual basis, faculty or supervisors may suggest that students receive professional counseling or other form of therapy to aid them in their personal growth.
- The Handbook of Policies and Procedures available in the HPC office provides information on liability insurance, academic appeals, retention policy, personal endorsement policy, admissions policies, and placement services.
- Permission forms to take HPC practicum and internship are available in the HPC office and must be completed prior to registration.
- MUS 5060 Bonny Method of GIM requires participation in a 5-day intensive workshop that is conducted off-campus between academic terms and requires payment of workshop fees in addition to tuition. This course may be repeated with permission of the MMT program director. Up to 9 s.h. may count towards the MMT.
- All students are required to register for and successfully complete MUS 5200 Music Therapy Laboratory for a minimum of four semesters.
- Board certification in music therapy (MT-BC) is prerequisite to MUS 5900.
- Students who have not had a previous course in statistics must complete one course in statistics, in addition to the research course indicated above.