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Music - Music Therapy

The Master of Music in Music Therapy is designed to produce highly qualified and knowledgeable music therapists who have advanced training in music and its therapeutic applications.

Specifically, the study of music therapy at the graduate level is expected to qualify individuals for supervisory or coordinator positions in arts therapies, to qualify individuals for entry-level college or university positions in music therapy, and to prepare individuals to produce and to disseminate scholarly work in music therapy through presentation or publication.

Students are expected to continue their development as musicians while simultaneously increasing their therapeutic knowledge and skills.The graduate curriculum in music therapy accomplishes its purpose by providing advanced study in music, the behavioral sciences, music therapy theory and application, and research methodology.

University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a master's program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
  • have a minimum 2.8 GPA (on a scale in which an A is a 4.0) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work
  • present official transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. Transcripts can be emailed from the university to or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Office of Admissions, 201 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 2200, Normal, IL 61790-2200

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in music (or the equivalent for international students) and earned a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.8 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate enrollment.
  • Fill out a School of Music application (included within the university application).
  • Include three current letters of recommendation
  • Submit a live or recorded performance audition on your primary applied instrument. Suggested repertoire may be found under the music studios area for your specific instrument/voice.
  • Write a comprehensive biographical statement of approximately 250 words.
  • Interview with the faculty.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

International students applying to the program will also need:

  • English translation(s) of official transcript(s), verified with fresh seals and signatures.
  • A Declaration of Finances.
  • An official English Language Exam Score (TOEFL or IELTS). The minimum iBT TOEFL score is 90. The minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5. Official scores need to be sent to Illinois State directly from ETS (TOEFL) or the testing center which administered the test (IELTS).
  • A copy of your passport.

 The documents listed above for international students need to be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall  January 15 

Graduate Assistantship Information

The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.


To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally,

  • be admitted unconditionally as a degree-seeking student into a graduate academic program, or have a minimum of 120 undergraduate hours if in an integrated degree program
  • be in good-standing
  • be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, or at least 6 hours during the summer session).


Graduate assistants receive

  • monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
  • a waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
  • a waiver for up to 12 credit hours of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment

Graduate Tuition Waivers

The School of Music awards a limited number of Graduate Tuition Waivers on a competitive basis to incoming students who show promise for success and who have not received an assistantship or other awards funding tuition costs. The School of Music may also award Graduate Tuition Waivers to current students who show or continue to show growth and promise for success and have made positive contributions to the School. These tuition waivers are awarded upon recommendation of the faculty and approval by the Graduate Advisory Committee, and are contingent upon funding from the University.

Incoming students who have been admitted into graduate programs in the School of Music must be enrolled full-time and have a minimum entrance GPA of 2.8 to be eligible to apply. In addition, incoming summers-only MMEd students may be eligible to receive tuition waiver funds but must be full-time teachers and not already receiving funding from their employing school district.

Current full-time students in the School of Music must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible to apply. In addition, current summers-only MMEd students may be eligible to receive tuition waiver funds but must be full-time teachers and not already receiving funding from their employing school district.

To apply, complete the tuition waiver application (including the Selective Service Statement) and return the application to Dr. Angelo L. Favis in the School of Music Office (CE 230). Tuition waivers may be applied to the cost of tuition only; the graduate student must make arrangements to pay student fees, insurance, or other educational expenses.

The deadline for priority consideration for a tuition waiver for the fall semester is May 1.

The deadline for priority consideration for the spring semester is November 1.

The deadline for priority consideration for the summer semester is April 1.

Review more information about graduate funding options at Illinois State University.

Cost & Funding

See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from continuous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Angelo Favis  Cook Hall 402  (309) 438-8960 
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