Master of Arts 
Music Therapy

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.

Period of study

SoTe 2017

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 SoTe 2017

WiTe 2017/18

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
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SoTe 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 SoTe 2018

WiTe 2018/19

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 WiTe 2018-2019

Information and introductory events

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 here



  • 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.



The standard period of study is 6 semesters for extra occupational students. Courses are offered during block weeks.

The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible.



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

Job profiles

Job profiles

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)



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
  • certificate of participation in a self-perception course
  • results of the interview and the aptitude test
  • 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 deadline for submission of the application for admission is: for German applicants, 31 August (for October start), for foreign applicants, 31 May (for October start). Applications for admission which arrive after this deadline cannot be considered.

Notice of admission

Notice of admission

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.

Programme information as PDF files

  • Examination regulations
  • Module handbook