Dual Degree: M.A. in Music (Emphasis in Music Therapy)/M.S. in Counseling and Development

TWU offers graduate students the opportunity to pursue a dual degree in the Master of Arts in Music (with an emphasis in Music Therapy) and the Master of Science in Counseling and Development. No student will be granted the dual degrees until she/he is eligible for the board certification exam in music therapy (i.e., the student must have completed the equivalency program including internship or already have completed an approved undergraduate degree in music therapy).

Students pursuing the dual degree option will have two advisors – one in the Department of Music and Drama and another in the Department of Family Sciences – to assure proper sequencing of courses.

The guidelines for the master's level preparation in Counseling and Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy) Dual Degree within the State Board of Examiners for Professional Counselors (LPC) are listed below.  The dual Master's degree in Counseling and Development and Music (emphasis in Music Therapy) consists of 70 semester credit hours.

The Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), has conferred accreditation to the M.S. in Counseling and Development, Community Counseling focal area.

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

For a minimum of 70 semester credit hours students can meet the educational requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and the educational requirements to sit for the national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC).

Admission

Students wishing admission to this program must:

  1. Hold Board Certification in Music Therapy through the Certification Board for Music Therapists (MT-BC).  Students who are not already board certified or eligible to take the exam may apply for a graduate equivalency program in music therapy to be completed concurrently with the dual master’s degree program.   This is possible as long as their undergraduate degree is in music from an NASM accredited college or university or (for international students) as long as their undergraduate degree is equivalent to a music degree from an NASM accredited college of university.  Equivalency work usually involves about 50 hours of undergraduate coursework in addition to the 70 hours of graduate coursework involved in the dual degree program. International Students will be required to achieve a score of 550 on the TOEFL or its equivalent.
  2. Apply for admission from both departments through the graduate school.  Specify the dual degree program and request that the Graduate School send the application to both departments for review.  A single online application may be used.
  3. Complete an interview with Family Sciences Faculty.  Information regarding the interview can be obtained by contacting the Family Sciences Department.
  4. Receive admission to the Dual Degree Program by both departments.  Entering students must apply for admission to the Dual Degree Program prior to completing 12 graduate semester hours.
  5. Enrollment in the Dual Master’s Program may be limited. If all available spaces for Dual Degree students are filled, students may be asked to delay enrollment to a subsequent year or be denied admission.  Early application is recommended.

Special Requirements

All students admitted to the Counseling and Development Program must meet departmental and program criteria prior to filing a degree plan. Students should refer to the Family Sciences Graduate Handbook and the Counseling and Development Program Guidelines for specific program criteria. Three of the first twenty one semester credit hours must be FS 5363 and FS 5373. A grade of CR is required in FS 5363 and at least a B in FS 5373 prior to enrolling in FS 5364. A grade of CR is required in FS 5364 prior to enrolling in FS 5894. A student who 1) earns a grade of less than B (C, D, F, or WF) in two graduate courses or in the same graduate course; 2) earns a grade of PR twice in FS 5363FS 5364, FS 5373, or FS 5894; or 3) earns one C in a graduate course and one PR in Family Science courses FS 5363. FS 5373, FS 5364, or FS 5894 will be dismissed from the program.

Passing a criminal background check may be required by TWU and/or certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certifications/licensures. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or become certified/licensed.

Final Examination

Most programs require an oral defense of the thesis or portfolio. This examination may be repeated if deemed appropriate by the student’s advisory committee, with the approval of the chair of the department.

Dual Degree Plan: Master of Arts in Music with an Emphasis in Music Therapy and Master of Science in Counseling and Development (70 semester credit hours)

Music Core
MU 5933Styles in Music3
MU 5643Research on Music and Behavior3
MU 5973Professional Paper3
MU 5403Music Theory Pedagogy3
or MU 5903 Special Topics
(must be MU 5903 ST: Analytical Techniques)
Music Therapy Area
MU 5533Philosophies and Theories of Music Therapy3
MU 5543Multicultural Perspectives in Music Therapy3
FS 5894Internship in Counseling (joint internship in music therapy and counseling with joint supervision by MU and FS faculty)4
Counseling Area
FS 5003Lifespan Human Development3
FS 5143Addiction Counseling3
FS 5173Abnormal Behavior: Crisis Impacts and Treatments3
FS 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling3
FS 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
FS 5323Psychological Appraisal of the Individual3
FS 5353Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning for Counselors3
FS 5363Prepracticum3
FS 5364Practicum in Counseling and Development4
FS 5373Group Counseling Procedures3
FS 5443Multicultural Counseling3
FS 5453Counseling for Career Development3
FS 5493Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Ethics, Law, and Practice3
FS 5894Internship in Counseling4
FS 5911Independent Study (Counseling and Development Portfolio)1
Course in couples, marriage, or families (consult Advisor)3
Total Semester Credit Hours70

Testing for drugs, specific immunizations in addition to those required by TWU, proof of personal medical insurance, and/or passing a criminal background check may be required by certain facilities associated with the required clinical work or for certification/licensure. If students are unable to be cleared on any of these requirements, they may not be eligible to continue in the program or to become certified/licensed. The cost of any required background checks, immunizations, and/or drug testing are the responsibility of the student.

Certification as a Music Therapist (MT-BC) is achieved by passing a national examination administered by the Certification Board for Music Therapists. Students completing the dual degree program must be eligible for board certification in music therapy prior to the awarding of the dual degree. Eligibility for board certification as a music therapist is achieved EITHER by completing an undergraduate degree in music therapy prior to admission to the dual degree program OR by completing an undergraduate equivalency program in music therapy concurrently with the dual master’s degree curriculum. Completion of the undergraduate equivalency or an undergraduate degree in music therapy does not guarantee eligibility to take the board certification exam. Questions regarding specific criminal background and its possible effects on eligibility for board certification should be addressed directly to the Certification Board for Music Therapists.

Licensure as a Professional Counselor is achieved by passing a state examination, after completion of coursework and the required supervised clinical work (3000 postmaster’s internship clock hours). Questions regarding eligibility for licensure as a counselor should be addressed to the Counseling and Development Program Coordinator in the Department of Family Sciences or directly to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

Special Note #1

The following courses must be completed prior to enrolling in the Counseling Clinical Competency Sequence:

FS 5303Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling (Fall 4 weekends)3
FS 5313Counseling Theory and Practice3
FS 5443Multicultural Counseling3

Special Note #2

FS 5373 must be taken concurrently with FS 5363.

Special Note #3

Professional competency courses must be taken at TWU in the Department of Family Sciences. The student must take these courses in sequence and earn a grade of CR in each course to advance in the sequence. Any student receiving a PR in one of these courses must retake the course before progressing in the sequence. Students receiving 1(one) PR in a professional competency course must meet with the Counseling and Development faculty before registering for additional courses. Students receiving a C in any course must meet with the Counseling and Development faculty before registering for any additional classes. No two professional competency courses can be taken at the same time. Two grades of C or PR will result in dismissal from the Counseling and Development program.

Special Note #4:

Students who wish to work in Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency Facilities should consider taking FS 5143 in addition to this 64 semester credit hour curriculum. The substance abuse course may be taken as the counseling elective in the 64 semester credit hour program.

Special Note #5:

Students taking the equivalency program in music therapy while completing the dual degree in counseling and music therapy must complete their music therapy undergraduate internship before beginning the graduate practicum/internship sequence in counseling. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis, but in no case can a student complete the joint internship in Counseling/MT (the 2nd semester of FS 5894) prior to completing the undergraduate MT internship, as per AMTA requirements.

Refer to the TWU Graduate Catalog for further explanation of policy and procedures.

Required for Graduation with Dual Degree:

Eligibility to take the CBMT Board Certification Examination in Music Therapy 64 Semester Credit Hour Dual Master’s Degree Program

Required for Licensure as LPC:

LPC Examination and Postgraduate Experience (3000 hours)