Since 1988, music therapy courses have been offered in various forms and course combinations at the Friedensau Adventist University. Nowadays, music therapy can be seen as a practice-oriented branch of science, which is taught as a consecutive master´s programme at FAU.

The Master of Arts in Music Therapy prove graduates to be experts in their field on the labour market that qualify for different practical, leadership and research tasks. The programme offers a high flexibility in one’s choice of career, which might turn out to be under contract or to run one’s own office.


Information and introductory events: in Berlin
Application deadline: without visa: 31. August; with visa: 30. April
Semesterbeginning: Winter (block week one)

Time frame: 6 semesters (120 credits) incl. a practical training session of 8 weeks
Study modes: part-time
Degree: Master of Arts in Music Therapy
Language: german
Tution Fees: Finanzbulletin


  • Music Therapy (introduction, theory and practice; 40 CP)
  • Music therapeutical internships (3 units; 20 CP)
  • Psychology (10 CP)
  • Health sciences (10 CP)
  • Research methods (15 CP)
  • Ethics (5 CP)
  • Master thesis (20 CP)

Additional information can be found in the module handbook.


Course assessments which have been completed in a course on music therapy at Friedensau Adventist University and/or the Institut für Musiktherapie Berlin can be credited in the masters programme.

Petra Jürgens
Prof. Dr. sc. mus.

Head of study program Master of Arts in Music Therapy

An der Ihle 9, EFF 2
D-39291 Möckern-Friedensau

Tel.: + 49 (0) 3921 916 187

Information and introductory events:

Institute for Music Therapy, Berlin:
Waldhüterpfad 38
D-14169 Berlin-Zehlendorf

In order to get an impression of the programme, Friedensau Adventist University offers students taster courses. Moreover, introductory and information events are offered on a regular basis in Berlin.
Location: Institut für Musiktherapie Berlin, Waldhüterpfad 38, D-14169 Berlin-Zehlendorf.
Participation in taster courses is combined with a prerequisite aptitude test for applicants. However, participation doesn’t oblige one to enroll for the programme. There is a participation fee of 45.00 €, which is cleared with the tuition fee in the case of a positive aptitude score and a successful enrollment.
A registration form for an information and introductory event can be found

Start of lecture time: 20. March 2017
End of lecture time: 30. June 2017
Easter holiday: 18.-21. April 2017

2. study term
14. KW: 03.- 07.April 2017
22. KW: 29.May-02.June 2017
26. KW: 26.-30.June 2017

4. and 6. study terms
12. KW: 20.-24.March 2017
19. KW: 08.-12.May 2017
26. KW: 26.-30.June 2017

Vorlesungswochen FB CSW SoSe 2017

Start of lecture time: 09. October 2017
End of lecture time : 26. January 2018
Christmas break: 27. December 2017 – 05. January 2018

1. and 3. study term
41. KW: 09.-13. October 2017
47. KW: 20.-24. November 2017
02. KW: 08.-12. January 2018

5. study term
43. KW: 23.-27. October 2017
49. KW: 04.-08. December 2017
04. KW: 22.-26. January 2018

Vorlesungswochen FB CSW WiSe 2017-2018

start of lecture time: 12. March 2018
End of lecture time: 29. June 2018
Pentecoste break: 11.-18. May 2018

2. and 4. study term
12. KW: 12.-16. March 2018
16. KW: 09.-13. April 2018
23. KW: 28. May – 01. June 2018

6. study term
13. KW: 19.-26. March 2018
18. KW: 23.-27. April 2018
27. KW: 25.-29. June 2018

Vorlesungswochen FB CSW SoSe 2018

start of lecture time: 08. October 2018
end of lecture time: 01. February 2019
Christmas break: 24. December 2018 – 04. January 2019

1. and 3. study term
41. KW: 08.-12. October 2018
47. KW: 19.-23. November 2018
03. KW: 14.-18. January 2019

5. study term
43. KW: 22.-26. October 2018
49. KW: 03.-07. December 2018
05. KW: 28. January -01. February 2019

Vorlesungswochen FB CSW WiSe 2018-2019


In order to be accepted for the Master of Arts in Music Therapy, a valid degree in one of the following areas is the minimum prerequisites:

  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Pedagogy
  • Social Sciences
  • Educational Sciences
  • Sociology

Moreover, the applicant must

  • show personal, musical, and professional aptitude
  • participate an information and introductory event
  • participate in an interview

For all applicants, the prerequisite for the programme is a Bachelor´s degree in social science, social pedagogy, psychology, educational sciences, music, sociology, or an equivalent with a GPA ≥ 2.5/3.5. If the required undergraduate degree of an applicant is outside the subject area, the applicant might have to prove the possession of knowledge in certain areas or has to enroll in some modules of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at Friedensau Adventist University.
Moreover, applicants are required to prove that they participated in at least 50 hours of self-perception courses. Exceptions may be granted by the examination board of the social science faculty of Friedensau Adventist University.
All applicants have to prepare for an interviews with a music therapy expert. Applicants are required to bring written proof of the interview with a remark that states that the applicant “most probably is fit/conditionally fit/unfit to be a therapist.” If an applicant is assessed as unfit in the interview, then the necessary prerequisites are not fulfilled. If an applicant is assessed as conditionally fit in the interview, then study permission might be granted under additional conditions.
Further more all applicants are required to participate in a music aptitude test according to German law (§ 27 Abs. 7 Landesrecht Sachsen-Anhalt Hochschulgesetz (LSA-HSG). This aptitude test is first and foremost to estimate the musical communication competence of an applicant. The test is done together with the head of the degree programme and an external examiner. After the aptitude test has been passed successfully the applicant receives a certificate for it with a remark the applicant is either “fit/conditionally fit/unfit.
Foreign applicants who have little or no knowledge of German can take a one-year course in German as a foreign language (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache”) at Friedensau Adventist University. Applicants must otherwise be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of German, e.g. by successfully passing a test of German as a foreign language (TestDaF-Prüfung) with level-4 results in all 4 areas of performance (4 x TDN 4).

Application packs for admission to a programme of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline:

  • certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study
  • information on how the programme of study will be financed
  • curriculum vitae
  • a photo

(Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German, except in the case of English or French documents.)

An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the programme. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid.

Music therapists who graduated from Friedensau Adventist University can work in the following areas:

medicine, clinical, in-patient
(adult psychiatry, children and youth psychiatry, neontology, geriatrics, oncology, psychosomatics and psychotherapy, hospice, rehabilitation, pain therapy, inter alia)

social and pedagogic
(schools, institutions for alternatively abled people, children and youth shelters, social and remedial education centers, institutions of leisure education, creative workshops, inter alia)

advisory and preventive
(pastoral care, self-help groups, migration counseling, addiction counseling, crisis intervention, spa industry, salutogenesis)

(freelancer in one’s own social and / or psychotherapeutic office or as a visitor)

teaching and / or researching
(music therapeutic methodology and didactics or methodological in training or research facilities)

  • Examination regulations
  • Module handbook

Modulhandbuch MA Musiktherapie Stand: 31. Mai 2017

Prüfungsordnung MA Musiktherapie Stand: 31. Mai 2017
gültig bis Studienbeginn Sommersemester 2017

Prüfungsordnung MA Musiktherapie Stand: 30. Juni 2017
gültig ab Studienbeginn Wintersemester 2017/18


Do you have some questions about

… the study course
… the admission
… the financial
… or generally?

We are happy to advise you!

Petra Jürgens, Prof. Dr. sc. mus.,
Head of study program Master of Arts Music Therapy

I look forward to hearing from you!

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