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Music Industry M.A.

Jan. 10, 2022

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College of Creative Arts

Degree Awarded: Master of Arts in Music Industry

Provide Visionary Leadership in the Music Business

The Master of Arts in Music 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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Online Asynchronous

Start Date

January 10, 2022

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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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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 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

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit resume/vitae
  • Submit personal statement of 500 words, describing student’s professional experiences, goals and aspirations
  • The GRE is required. Students must achieve 153 on the verbal and 144 on the quantitative GRE sections. The GRE requirement may be waived if the student’s bachelor’s degree GPA is 3.3 or higher, and/or if professional experience in the industry exceeds five years, with strong academic and/or professional recommendations.
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and
    1. Mail to:
      WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
      One Waterfront Place
      PO Box 6510
      Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
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Estimated Tuition and Fees

Music Industry M.A. requires 33 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $652.

Total Degree Cost

$21,516 – Residents and Non-Residents

Cost Breakdown by Credit Hours

Credits Cost
1 $652
3 $1,956
6 $3,912
9 $5,868

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 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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