We know that choosing the right degree is complex. One particularly important factor in this process is determining the financial commitment you will have to make to complete a program, and which one gives you the best return on your investment once you graduate. Of course, it's also essential to investigate scholarships and financial aid to offset tuition. Here are the typical costs for a music therapy degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 8,872 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

6% above average compared to other degrees

$ 20,564 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

2% above average compared to other degrees

$ 36,448 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

13% above average compared to other degrees

What do music therapy graduates earn?

Music therapy students make an average of $60,978 per year after graduation. This is 9% below average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

$ 60,978 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Bottom 44% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

0% above average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular music therapy schools in the US

There are 122 schools in the US that offer a music therapy degree. The music therapy schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Temple University and Florida State University. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in music therapy per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities$14,417
Temple University$16,658
Florida State University$5,656
University of Miami$48,484
Drexel University$52,002
Ohio University-Main Campus$11,896
University of Georgia$11,818
Arizona State University-Tempe$10,792
University of Kentucky$11,942
Eastern Michigan University$12,019

Top US schools for a music therapy degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering music therapy degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
University of Miami36%$48,484
State University of New York at New Paltz44%$7,775
Eastern Michigan University45%$12,019
Southern Methodist University49%$52,498
William Carey University49%$12,300
Florida State University49%$5,656
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities50%$14,417
Berklee College of Music53%$42,750
University of Georgia54%$11,818
Charleston Southern University56%$24,840

Cheapest US schools for a music therapy degree

Of the schools in the US that offer a music therapy degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Florida State University$5,656
East Carolina University$7,143
Appalachian State University$7,302
Texas Woman's University$7,486
State University of New York at New Paltz$7,775
Utah State University$7,870
Sam Houston State University$8,062
SUNY at Fredonia$8,286
Purdue University Fort Wayne$8,330
University of North Dakota$8,447


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