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The Master of Arts in Music Business and Industry offered by the College of Creative Arts provides an integrated and methodical approach to understanding the mastery of current music industry systems and commercial practices, combined with acute awareness of new regulations, income streams, and business models.
You will focus on the skills, concepts, and methodologies central to global business models and apply these models to the artistic management and entrepreneurial challenges of music and digital media in the global entertainment industry.
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 Business and 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.
As a graduate of the WVU with a degree in business administration, Kelly understands your needs and is here to support and simplify the enrollment process for you. You can have open and honest discussions with her about how your passion in life can become your career. Contact Kelly today!
If a student has not already completed the following undergraduate course(s) prior to registering for the program, they must complete them during the first year of the program:
NOTE: The School of Music requires 3 letters of recommendation. Letters should be submitted by directing references to this form: https://wvucca.wufoo.com/forms/retsjw90mrrakv
Learn more about student and faculty experiences in the Music Business & Industry M.A. program.
WVU provides a comprehensive approach to helping you finance your education. Learn more by visiting the Student Financial Services website.
Students are encouraged to:
Music Business and Industry M.A. total degree cost: $22,638 – Residents and Non-Residents
Tuition and fees are usually not the only educational expenses you may have while pursuing a degree. You may have other costs such as books, supplies and living expenses. Please see the Estimate Costs and Aid webpage for how to estimate and plan for other potential expenses.
Minimum Grade in any course: C-.
Minimum GPA requirement: 2.75.
Music Industry Foundations Module
|Foundations of Recording Industry
|Music Industry Regulations
|Development of Music Technology
Music Commerce, Management, and Operations Module
Required courses: (12)
|Music Product Advancement
|Music Performance Organization and Commerce
|Advanced Recording Industry
|Advanced Music Publishing
Select two from the following: (6)
|Music in Multimedia
|International Music Industry
Music Production Methods and Technology Module (3)
Select one from the following:
|Live Music Production
Industry Project (3)
|Music Industry Project
Total Hours: 33
Students who earn the Master of Arts in Music Business and Industry will develop the following:
The Master of Arts Program in Music Business and Industry at the School of Music offers such knowledge and training by providing an engaging, systematic, and rigorous course of study leading to analytical, creative, regulatory, and entrepreneurial understanding and skills necessary to succeed in today’s complex and challenging music industry field.
The program is offered online as a high-quality graduate-level distance-learning opportunity. The program will provide all students possessing appropriate interest, qualifications, and ambition, regardless of their geographic location, access to extensive academic training and acquisition of professional skills necessary for building or furthering their careers in music business and industry.
Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Music Business and Industry M.A. degree may be prepared for the following careers in music: directors, singers, sound technicians, composers and arrangers, professors, and producers. 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.
Typically, the Music Business and Industry M.A. degree takes 4 semesters to complete. However, students wishing to complete the program in a shorter time frame may be able to do so with the program director’s approval.
Most of our online MA in Music Industry students come to the program while they are planning their own music related ventures, or they are already involved in an industry, music or otherwise, and want to learn more about the music business to further their professional growth and development.
Among our students we have touring musicians, studio owners, indie record label owners, music producers, audio/visual production company owners and concert promoters.
We do have students with occupations in different fields. These students want to start their own entrepreneurship/business entities in the music industry field (think publishing, concert promotion, or artist management). Of course, students who complete the program are well qualified to work for companies like Sony, Warner and Universal in their admin departments.