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Wartburg College to offer its first graduate program in 2018

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Wartburg College announced Tuesday that, following 166 years of offering undergraduate degrees, the college will offer its first graduate program in 2018: a Master of Arts in Music Therapy.

“We remain the only private undergraduate degree program in the state, and now we have become the full package,” said Brian Pfaltzgraff, Department of Music chair.

There will be two options in pursuing the Masters degree.  The first is a traditional program, which is expected to take one to one-and-a-half years to complete.  The second is known as the equivalency plus program, which allows those who have earned any undergraduate degree in music to pursue a career in music therapy, according to the college.  Prior to beginning the program, students will complete a specialized curriculum to acquire AMTA professional competencies.  This option is expected to take two-and-a-half to three years to complete.

The approval of the Master of Arts in Music Therapy represents a significant step forward for the college. Our faculty have designed an excellent curriculum that builds on the strengths of our liberal arts tradition and extends our mission to challenge and nurture the advanced students who will study in this program,” said Brian Ernsting, dean of faculty.

The program has received approval from the National Association of Schools of Music and the American Music Therapy Association, and accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission for graduate programs.

We look forward to enrolling the first class and to welcoming these new Wartburg Knights," said Ernsting.

Click here for more information about the new graduate program.

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