Expressive Therapies

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy

Master of Arts (MA), on-campus or low-residency graduate program

Empower healing through musical expression.

Engage others in music making as a means to mental health and wellness. As a music therapy student, explore therapeutic
 applications for music and the creative process, as well as counseling theories and techniques. Receive mentorship from world-recognized faculty and prepare for careers in hospitals, inpatient and outpatient care facilities, community centers, schools, private practice, and community organizations.

There’s a spirit of creativity that runs through everything you’ll do in Lesley’s music therapy program, whether it’s designing interventions for children in crisis or researching the latest studies on trauma. Our program is designed to promote an inclusive, critically informed atmosphere in which intellectual development, research, and collaboration with artists, performers, and scholars from diverse disciplines can thrive.

Here, you’ll expand your identity as a musician while also building the foundational skills and experiences needed to become a licensed mental health counselor. You’ll explore the science underlying human behavior, psychology, development, and social dynamics, and integrate that knowledge with the creativity and the clinical music therapy competencies needed to guide others toward wholeness and self-empowerment.

Apply what you learn in a range of clinical settings throughout Greater Boston, the U.S., or abroad. Complete a total of two years of field training and internship experiences, supervised both on-site and in a small supervision group. Develop your critical stance and cultural awareness as a clinician who's both equipped and prepared to be a leader in the field and an agent of social change.

Program Structure

On-Campus or Low-Residency Program

60 Credits
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On-Campus Option

Become part of a community of artists and scholars in Cambridge while pursuing your degree. Gain in-person access to leaders in the field and benefit from Lesley’s professional network in and around Greater Boston and New England. Taking three to four courses per semester, immerse in rigorous study and complete your program within a two to three year sequence.

Best if you:

  • Live near Cambridge or are able to relocate
  • Enjoy the rigor of an intensive program and want to take advantage of internships in Greater Boston
  • Want face-to-face time with faculty and peers and to become integrated into campus life
  • Are not planning to work full-time during your studies
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Low-Residency Option

Participate in one 3-week summer residency per year on Lesley University’s Cambridge campus. Between residencies, continue your studies online with Lesley faculty and through supervised field experiences in your community. Your courses correspond with those of our on-campus program, and will be completed within three years.

Best if you:

  • Live at a distance
  • Enjoy the flexibility of online learning
  • Want to take fewer courses at a time
  • Would like to complete internships/research in your community
Expressive Therapies
Julianne Parolisi ’10
Julianne founded Music Therapy Without Borders, which expands the reach of music therapy. She established the first music therapy practice on the Cayman Islands. “Music is so engrained in Caribbean culture that music therapy is a natural fit for the community. In a place where there’s still a stigma around mental health counseling, the arts provide a way in to help those in need.”
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Program Cost Description
Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Music Therapy
  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Materials Fee
    $350
    Registration Fee
    $320
    Activity Fee
    $180
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

  • Tuition
    $1,100/credit x 60
    $66,000
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $2,180
    Registration Fee
    $360
    Materials Fee
    $350
    Practicum Fee
    $140
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
  • Total
Estimated Cost

Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover.

Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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