Graduate Catalog 2013-2014

Music Therapy (M.M.T.)

Chair, Chesley Mercado

Professor: Chesley Mercado

Assistant Professor: Douglas Keith

Department Contact Information

Department of Music Therapy

Georgia College

College of Health Sciences

Campus Box 67

Milledgeville, GA 31061

Phone: 478-445-2645

Fax: 478-445-4532

Department of Music Therapy Website:

Chair: Dr. Chesley Mercado,

Administrative Assistant: Phillis Brown,


The Master of Music Therapy degree program prepares students as clinicians, scholars, and leaders in the profession of Music Therapy by providing theoretical research and practical base for meeting the challenging needs of clientele.

Accreditation and Affiliations

The Master of Music Therapy Degree Program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) and approved by the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

Change in Tuition Rate:

All students accepted in the Master of Music Therapy Program are eligible for in-state tuition. (This does not apply students requiring equivalency courses.)

Online Course Fees

All programs that provide at least 95% of a program through On-Line delivery methods will charge a $50 per credit hour course fee. Click here for information about special fees.

Admission Requirements

REGULAR ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (If GRE was taken before August, 2011 please contact the Department of Music Therapy office at 478-445-2645 for information regarding that formula.) If taking GRE after August 2011, the following regular admission requirements apply:

  • GRE score (Verbal & Qualitative) +[GPA (upper division) x 100] = 620 or more (40 points) or MAT score (minimum 385) + [GPA (upper division) x 100] = 700 or more (40 points)
  • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale (20 points)
  • In-person or video interview and audition submitted with application (30 points)
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation (10 points)
  • Regular admission 60 points and above.

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (If GRE was taken before August, 2011 please contact the Department of Music Therapy office at 478-445-2645 for information regarding that formular.) If taking GRE after August 2011, the following regular admission requirements apply:

  • Admissions scores lower than 60 points (see regular admission criteria)
  • To gain regular admission, provisional students must complete 12 semester-hours of graduate coursework at GC with no less than a "B" in each course approved by the Graduate Coordinator and by the Chair of the Department of Music Therapy.
  • Admission to the Music Therapy Program is highly competitive and may be limited based on availability of qualified faculty and maintaining student to faculty ratios required by accreditation standards. All students may not be admitted.
  • Many agencies where clinical and practical experiences take place require students to undergo a criminal background check, urine drug screens and to meet the CDC standards for immunizations for health care professionals. Students desiring to enter a Music Therapy Program should consider these requirements. Agencies may refuse any student based on inability to meet these guidelines or other agency guidelines. Refusal of an agency to accept a student may delay or prevent a student from completing a program. Certification agencies may also refuse to license individuals who have committed certain criminal acts or other acts of moral turpitude.

Requirements of Interview and Audition (in Person or Via Video)


  • Discuss your motivation for applying to Georgia College Master of Music Therapy Program.
  • Discuss your previous experiences in Music Therapy or other helping professions.
  • Discuss your professional and/or clinical areas of interest.
  • Discuss your experience in areas of research.


  • Perform three (3) pieces using guitar and singing while playing. Should demonstrate a variety of picking styles and chord structures. Minimum of three (3) different chords and demonstration of barr chords*
  • Perform three (3) pieces using piano and singing while playing. Should demonstrate a variety of accompaniment patterns. Minimum of three (3) different chords.
  • Perform two (2) pieces on principle instrument.
  • Selections should reflect a variety of genres (including but not limited to classical, popular, jazz, and different eras).
  • If no guitar experience, please state this during the audition and use another accompanying instrument. Examples include: autoharp, QChord, ukulele

Academic Dismissal Policy

A graduate student will be placed on graduate academic probation if the student's institutional graduate grade point average falls below a 3.00 at any point during his or her graduate studies.

A graduate student will be dismissed if the student is placed on academic probation for more than one semester, receives more than one C during his or her graduate studies, or fails to comply with policy, procedures, and expectations as defined in the current version of the Master of Music Therapy Graduate Handbook. (

Equivalency/Master Admission Requirements

Students may be admitted jointly to the Degree Equivalency/Master of Music Therapy Program. The Degree Equivalency Program must be completed on the GC campus and consists of undergraduate preparatory music therapy courses. Courses for the Master of Music Therapy Program may be taken concurrently and are limited the first academic year to MUST 5000 and supportive field courses.

Students must:

  • Be eligible for admission to the Degree Equivalency Program (See undergraduate catalog for requirements)
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale
  • Have successfully completed the GRE, or MAT according to guidelines above.
  • In addition to meeting the formula for admission, applicants must:
  • In person or video interview and audition (submitted with application). * See above requirements.
  • Have completed a bachelor's degree in a music related field.
  • Provide 2 letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional references.
  • Have access to a computer with Internet connection. Due to rapid changes, specific computer system requirements will be specified upon acceptance.

Concurrent Bachelor of Music Therapy and Master of Music Therapy

Students may earn the Bachelor of Music Theraphy degree in addition to completing the required equivalency courses necessary to be eligible to take the National Board Certification Examination. 

Graduation requirements for all Bachelor's degrees can be found at: Undergraduate Graduation Requirements.

Students choosing this option will apply for Admission as graduate students.

Program of Study

Core Music Therapy Courses: (20 semester hours)

MUST 5000Music Therapists And Technolog


MUST 5110Gndr/Cltrl Iss Crtve Arts Ther


MUST 5120Qualitative Research


MUST 5130Quantitative Research


MUST 5210Music & the Excep Child



MUST 5600AInd Study in Music Therapy

1 - 3

MUST 5300AGrad Sem In Spec Top in Mus Th


MUST 5600BInd Study in Music Therapy

1 - 3

MUST 5000, MUST 5110, MUST 5120, MUST 5130, MUST 5210, MUST 5600A, MUST 5600B: On-line

MUST 5300: Online with intensive on campus experience

Post Course Requirements: (1 semester hour)

Successful completion of comprehensive Exam is required before taking MUST 6500 or MUST 6600

MUST 6500Graduate Clinical Project

1 - 6


MUST 6600Music Therapy Thesis

1 - 6

Supportive Field Courses: (9 semester hours)

MUST 5980In'tl Topics in Music Therapy


MUST 5410Leadesrhip, Supervision & Mgmt


MUST 5600CInd Study in Music Therapy

1 - 3

MUST 5210Music & the Excep Child


MUST 5210: May be supportive course if MUST 5600A is taken (3 semester hours) On-line

MUST 5410, MUST 5600C: On-line

Students may choose transient courses to meet the minimum of 9 credits from supportive fields in consultation with advisor.


Areas of Concentration

  • Developmental Disabilities and Special Education
  • Mental/Physical Health
  • Women’s Issues
  • Multicultural/International
  • General/Administration

Courses required in the M.M.T. degree program must be completed within a period of 6 years from the date the student begins taking courses at Georgia College & State University. Courses completed more than 6 years prior to completion of the requirements for the MMT degree will be regarded as outdated and will not be applied toward the degree program. This includes courses that may be transferred in from other institutions.

Steps in Completing the Master of Music Therapy

  • Submit a complete application for graduate study and all supporting documents to the Graduate Admissions Office
  • Consult with the faculty advisor for development of a program of study and area of concentration
  • Complete courses with 3.0 GPA
  • Complete the comprehensive written examination
  • Choose a graduate committee
  • Submit a proposal for the clinical project or thesis
  • Complete the Final Clinical Project or Thesis defense
  • Submit a written application for graduation by the date specified in the official University Calendar.

Thesis/Final Clinical Project Graduate Committee

After successful completion of the written comprehensive examination, the student will choose a graduate committee to include the student’s advisor, one professor from The Department of Music Therapy and one professor or professional from any supportive field area. This committee will review the proposal for the thesis or clinical project and upon acceptance of the proposal the thesis or clinical project may be implemented. Students must enroll each semester for MUST 6500 or MUST 6600 until completion. The student will arrange the defense meeting with the committee when the thesis or clinical project is completed.