Master of Arts in Music 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 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.

Admissions Requirements

Admission is selective and competitive. Qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 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).


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Arts in Music Industry requires 33 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $690.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $690
3 $2,070
6 $4,140
9 $6,210

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Arts in Music Industry?

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.

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).

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

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