Universities with a Music Business Major: How to Choose

Music business programs develop students' musical skills while also providing them a foundation in marketing, communication, and management. To make the most of their education, prospective students should seek a music business school where they can build their resume through internships and extracurricular activities while pursuing either an undergraduate or a graduate degree.

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Music business majors are most commonly available in bachelor's and master's degree programs. There are several considerations students have when choosing a school, including experiential learning and specialized education.

10 Music Business Schools

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition per Year (2016-2017)
Berklee College of Music Boston, MA 4-year, private Certificate, Bachelor's $17,748*
The College of St. Rose Albany, NY 4-year, private Bachelor's $29,656*
Belmont University Nashville, TN 4-year, private Bachelor's, Master's $29,930 undergraduate*
$19,260 graduate**
Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN 4-year, public Bachelor's $8,500 in-state*
$26,212 out-of-state*
New Jersey City University Jersey City, NJ 4-year, public Bachelor's $8,114.60 in-state*
$17,142.40 out-of-state*
New York University New York, NY 4-year, private Bachelor's, Master's $49,062 undergraduate*
$38,592 graduate**
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 4-year, private Bachelor's $43,440*
William Paterson University of New Jersey Wayne, NJ 4-year, public Bachelor's, Master's $12,573 undergraduate*
$11,452**
University of Colorado-Denver Denver, CO 4-year, public Bachelor's $7,536 in-state*
$23,232 out-of-state*
University of Miami Miami, FL 4-year, private Bachelor's, Master's $45,600 undergraduate*
$28,500 graduate*

Sources: *School websites, **National Center for Education Statistics

How to Select a Music Business School

Music business majors have several education options to choose from, depending on their career goals. Consider the following when looking for a music business school:

  • Look for schools that give you practical experience, such as those with internships or student-run record companies.
  • Schools with a chapter of the Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association (MEISA) or other active student organizations can offer career and networking opportunities after graduation.
  • Some programs offer specializations in a particular field or industry so students can align their education with specific career goals.
  • Online programs can appeal to students who can't move or travel to the school.

Bachelor of Music in Music Business

Some bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose a specialization, such as music and media, concert management or music publishing. On the business side, courses generally include accounting, statistics and music company operations. Undergraduate music business majors typically begin their education with basic classes in music theory and history, content development and music technology.

Master of Music in Music Business

At the master's level, music business students explore more advanced issues in artist management, music and law, entrepreneurship and entertainment ethics. They also learn about financial reporting, management and organizational leadership. Graduate students typically complete a music business internship or thesis. Some schools also offer joint degree programs, such as a JD/MA, or an MBA program in music business.

Finding the right school and program for studying music business depends on the type of education students want based on their career goals. Many academic, experiential and flexible options exist to help students find the best program for them.

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