Admission Requirements - Music Therapy Program

Department of Creative Arts in Therapy

Applicants to the graduate music therapy education section of the Drexel Creative Arts in Therapy Program are required to fulfill the following standards for admission:

  • Degree: Baccalaureate degree and demonstrate musical competencies in performance, music theory, and music history.
  • GPA: 3.0 or above.
  • Personal Resume.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation are required, preferably from some who can speak about your work academically or your work in human service, community or mental health.
  • Personal Statement: This two-to-three-page typed essay is considered an autobiography and is intended to serve as a sample of your writing as well as letting us get to know more about you. Focus this statement to the role of music in: 1)Your family and 2) in your development.
  • Audition: At the audition, applicants will:
    1. Prepare two works from different musical periods or in different music styles that demonstrate moderate to advanced level of proficiency on principal instrument/voice. clarinet and music
    2. Sing a traditional, folk, or popular song while accompanying self on piano.
    3. Sing a traditional, folk, or popular song while accompanying self on guitar.
    4. Be prepared to play basic chord progressions (I-IV-V-I) in several keys on piano and guitar in several keys. 
    5. Play the melody of a given well-known song and provide the harmonic progression.
    6. Demonstrate knowledge of music theory related to transposition, constructing chords.
    7. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic periods of Western music history.

      Long-distance candidates may submit a videotape or mp3 file in lieu of items 1-4 above. Items 5-7 will be demonstrated during the telephone interview.

      Long distance candidates may submit a videotape or DVD in lieu of an audition. International and long distance candidates should request instructions about all these requirements with their admission materials and are advised to begin the admission process early.

  • Interview: An in-depth in-person interview with the faculty of the graduate music therapy program. The interview consists of a review of personal, academic, interpersonal, and creative aptitudes of the applicant. For international applicants, a phone interview or video chat may be substituted for the in-person interview.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Transcript Evaluation: All international students applying to a graduate program must have their transcripts evaluated by the approved agency: World Education Services (WES), 212-966-6311, Bowling Green Station, P.O. Box 5087, New York, NY 10274-5087, Web site:
  • TOEFL: Applicants who have not received a degree in the United States are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). An official score report must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service. For more information visit the Web site:, then click on TOEFL.
  • I-20/DS-2019 and Supporting Financial Documents (international students only): Please print, complete, and submit the I-20 application form (PDF).

Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to visit classes and meet with faculty and current students. The application deadline is June 1.