Music Industry M.A.

August 21, 2019
Next Start Date
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While music is an art, it is also a global and multi-billion dollar industry that employs thousands of people in live performance, recording, and publishing sectors. The online Master of Arts in Music Industry, offered by the College of Creative Arts, prepares students for careers in the music business field by offering an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to understanding and mastering music industry systems, methods, and practices. The program provides historical context as well as courses in management, production, legal issues, and emerging technologies.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Applicant must have:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • GRE test scores of 153 verbal and 144 quantitative (may be waived for those with a least five years of professional experience in the music industry and/or an undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher)

Application Requirements

Applicant must:

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit a curriculum vitae
  • Submit a 500-word essay outlining the professional preferences, goals, and aspirations
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


    electronically sent to


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Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


The program is 33 credit hours and can be completed in 2 years.


View Curriculum



The curriculum consists of the following courses:


Music Industry Foundations Module (9 credits)

MUSC 611 Music Industry Regulations (3 credits)

Electives (Choose 2)

MUSC 610 Foundations of Recording Industry (3 credits)
MUSC 616 Foundations of Music Publishing Industry (3 credits)
MUSC 617 Development of Music Technology (3 credits)

Music Commerce, Management and Operations Module (18 credits)

MUSC 615 Advanced Music Publishing (3 credits)
MUSC 614 Advanced Recording Industry (3 credits)
MUSC 613 Music Performance Organization and Commerce (3 credits)
MUSC 612 Music Product Advancement (3 credits)

Electives (Choose 2)

MUSC 619 Music in Multi-Media (3 credits)
MUSC 620 International Music Industry (3 credits)
MUSC 621 Artist Representation (3 credits)

Music Production Methods and Technology Module (3 credits)


(Choose 1)

MUSC 624 Live Music Production
MUSC 623 Recording Production

Industry Project (3 credits)

MUSC 626

The "Industry Project" is the capstone of the program’s sequence, and it is undertaken when all the academic modules are completed. It consists of an approved practical music industry project, created and managed by the student, accompanied by various materials – written, audio, or/or visual – as appropriate to the project. The project demonstrates the competence to identify a problem, create a project relevant to an evolving field in music management, and/or produce a working product that is executed in a systematic manner using interdisciplinary research and management tools.


Sequence of Courses


Year 1

Early Fall: Music Industry Regulations
Late Fall: Advanced Music Publishing
Early Spring: Advanced Recording Industry
Late Spring: Music Performance Organization
Summer: Module 1 electives (2 courses)

Year 2

Early Fall: Music Product Advancement
Late Fall: Module 2 elective, Module 3 elective
Early Spring: Module 2 elective
Late Spring: Module 3 elective, Module 2 elective
Summer: Capstone Industry Project

Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Music Industry M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Music Director

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Music Composer and Arranger

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Musician or Singer

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Music Professor

Projected Growth: 10-14%% *Bright Outlook

Sound Engineering Technician

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Music Producer

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Stage, Movie, TV and Radio Director

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Program Director

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).