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Music Business and Industry M.A.

Aug. 16, 2023

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Provide Visionary Leadership in the Music Business

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.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous

Start Dates

August 16, 2023
January 8, 2024

Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

College of Creative Arts

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Music Business and Industry

Program Details

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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 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.

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Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. (NOTE: GPA exceptions will be made on an individual case-by-case basis, depending on previous experience and/or years of applicable professional experience.)
  • GRE results with minimum scores including 153 on the verbal and 144 on the quantitative GRE sections. (NOTE: The GRE requirement may be waived if the student's bachelor's degree GPA is 3.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale, and/or if his or her professional experience in the industry exceeds 5 years, with strong academic and/or professional recommendations.)
  • Complete the WVU Graduation Application.
  • Upload a personal statement/letter of intent and a resume, as directed.
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended to be emailed to or mailed directly to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment
    P.O. Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506
  • Submit the School of Music Application for Graduate Admission. Fill out the School of Music Graduate application online at:

NOTE: The School of Music requires 3 letters of recommendation, which you need to submit as part of this application.

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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Music Business and Industry M.A. requires 33 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $667.

Total Degree Cost

$22,011 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $667
3 $2,001
6 $4,002
9 $6,003

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“I am a graduate of the WVU John Chambers School of Business and Economics with a degree in business administration. I am here to service, support and simplify the enrollment process. Our online programs are the perfect opportunity for working individuals to pursue another degree.”

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Financial Aid

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.

Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Music Business and 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: Stable

Musician or Singer
Projected Growth: Stable

Sound Engineering Technician
Projected Growth: 2-3%

Stage, Movie, TV and Radio Director
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Music Composer and Arranger
Projected Growth: Stable

Music Professor
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Music Producer
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Program Director
Projected Growth: 4-6%

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).

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