The MA in Creative Arts Therapies (Music Therapy), is the only advanced professional training program in the field in Québec. It is offered exclusively as a low-residency online program with two semesters of core courses in the first year. The second year allows students in the Thesis Option to do their research and thesis and for students in the Advance Practice Option to do their three elective courses.
The program is approved by the Canadian Association of Music Therapists (CAMT), situated within a social justice framework, and is designed according to the philosophies and standards of education in music therapy. Music therapy facilitates personal growth processes through participation in expressive and receptive music experiences. The music therapist supports clients towards established and emergent health and wellness goals. Students will gain expertise in a particular area of music therapy through the completion of either a master's thesis (Research with Thesis Option) or a year-end capstone project proposal complemented by additional practicum hours and elective courses (Advanced Music Therapy Practice Option). The Research Thesis Option supports students interested in developing their research skills, while the Advanced Music Therapy Practice option provides students with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge in a particular area of professional music therapy practice.
Bachelor's degree in Music Therapy with a 1,000-hour internship (or equivalent); OR a Graduate Certificate or Diploma in Music Therapy (or equivalent).
No less than a B average (3.00 on a 4.30 scale), or equivalent.
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.
Priority will be given to complete applications submitted by the deadline. In some cases, programs may continue to accept applications as long as there is space available.
International students: Considering the waiting period involved in meeting the entry requirements to Canada and Quebec, we strongly encourage international applicants to apply early and submit supporting documents prior to the deadline.
Tuition & funding
The tuition fees of the program may differ depending on your student status. To estimate the cost of your education at Concordia, go through five (5) easy steps.
Funding packages are generally available for students in thesis-based programs. They come in the form of awards, teaching and research assistantships are offered at the time of admission to most students to allow them to focus on their research and studies. Research and thesis-based students are automatically considered for all entrance graduate awards when they apply to Concordia, provided they meet eligibility criteria. No separate application is required.
Start your career as credentialed music therapist upon completion of the program. Students with no formal music therapy training but with strong music, psychology, and health backgrounds are provided the necessary education and training.