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13 Masters Programs in Music Business

A master’s degree is typically a one to three year program that prepares a student for advancement in a professional career or the opportunity to enroll in a doctoral program. This postgraduate degree follows a bachelor’s, usually in a related field. What is a Master in Music Business? It focuses on the knowledge and experience necessary to excel in the music industry. During this prog… Read more

A master’s degree is typically a one to three year program that prepares a student for advancement in a professional career or the opportunity to enroll in a doctoral program. This postgraduate degree follows a bachelor’s, usually in a related field.

What is a Master in Music Business? It focuses on the knowledge and experience necessary to excel in the music industry. During this program, a student learns how to apply business practices and principles, including marketing, finance and leadership. Publishing, licensing, promotion, revenue and funding for musicians and copyright are all critical facets necessary for success in the music industry. A graduate may also learn how to conduct online and physical marketing campaigns and generate fan experiences for maximum musician exposure.

An individual may opt to enroll in a music business degree program for a variety of reasons. Coursework teaches skills such as accounting, marketing and information technology that are vital in many fields, paving the way for upward mobility within the industry.

Many institutions offer advanced degrees in music business, and there are aspects of each that are unique to that program. Fees, tuition and enrollment costs vary, and this makes it difficult to calculate the cost. Through careful research of the options, a student can ensure that a program meets educational and financial requirements.

Global entertainment companies are seeking qualified individuals to fill positions in a variety of professional environments. Sponsorship coordinators, digital marketers, sales representatives, public relations and music and talent development specialists are just a few of the openings currently available. Opportunities include jobs in television, radio and online media, and many may involve travel for promotions and concerts.

Music business programs are available internationally. Many learning institutions offer online options to make it easier for those who require flexibility in schedule and location. To take the first step toward a successful career in the music industry, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Macromedia University of Applied Sciences
Berlin, Germany

Study a Master of Arts in Music Management. This Media and Communication Management M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campus in Berlin, Germany.

Study a Master of Arts in Music Management. This Media and Communication Management M.A. programme is taught entirely in English at our Macromedia campus in Berlin, Germany. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 semesters
English
Mar 2023
15 Feb 2023
Campus
 
Berklee College of Music - Campus Valencia
Valencian Community, Spain

The music industry is changing faster than ever—and expanding worldwide. In this master’s degree, you’ll learn to meet the artistic management and entrepreneurial challenges o ... +

The music industry is changing faster than ever—and expanding worldwide. In this master’s degree, you’ll learn to meet the artistic management and entrepreneurial challenges of the global entertainment industry. -
MA
Full-time
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development
New York, USA

Learn to navigate a fast-paced and compelling industry while studying in New York City, the world's music business capital. Combine cross-disciplinary course work in business, ... +

Learn to navigate a fast-paced and compelling industry while studying in New York City, the world's music business capital. Combine cross-disciplinary course work in business, finance, the arts, and more, and gain real-world experience working with industry leaders. Tailor your degree with electives in areas such as concert management, promotions, and strategic marketing. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 4 years
English
Campus
 

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University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

Our Music Business Management MA is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generations of mu ... +

Our Music Business Management MA is highly regarded in both music business education and the industry at large. It will prepare you to become one of the next generations of music industry leaders and entrepreneurs. All teaching staff on the course have comprehensive professional experience or are currently active in the music industry, and industry guests are a cornerstone of our weekly lectures. You'll need to be a self-motivated and open-minded student, as this is an intense course, but one which can help you to progress your career across a wide range of music business disciplines. Working with music industry leaders and organisations, the course has developed a unique curriculum. You'll be able to combine a strong underpinning of key business skills (entrepreneurialism, leadership, organisational management, and marketing) with essential music industry management knowledge (strategic innovation technology, intellectual property and copyright) and academic concepts and theories relevant to the industry today. Teaching is conducted through sessions which each include a formal lecture, industry guest speaker and seminar exercises. Each of the six modules has a minimum of two assignments. The final project (equivalent to three modules) is a report of a minimum of 12,000 words. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Falmouth University
Penryn, United Kingdom

Ready to shape the future of the music industry? From marketing and publishing to project management, you’ll develop the skills and expertise to work innovatively, ethically a ... +

Ready to shape the future of the music industry? From marketing and publishing to project management, you’ll develop the skills and expertise to work innovatively, ethically and sustainably in the contemporary music business sector. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Tileyard Education
London, United Kingdom

The MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended) is a one year, industry-focused Master of Arts Degree, delivered via a combination of online interactive media and face-to-fa ... +

The MA Commercial Music Producer (Online Blended) is a one year, industry-focused Master of Arts Degree, delivered via a combination of online interactive media and face-to-face delivery and is designed for the technically proficient, aspiring or established commercial producer seeking a more flexible approach to a work study balance. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Olivet University
Anza, USA

Jubilee College of Music’s Master of Arts in Music degree is designed to develop advanced scholars and ministry leaders who will meet the needs of professional and effective m ... +

Jubilee College of Music’s Master of Arts in Music degree is designed to develop advanced scholars and ministry leaders who will meet the needs of professional and effective music ministry services around the world. Courses in this 45-hour graduate degree program train students as professional musicians and music scholars with a solid Biblical foundation. -
MA
English
 
College Of Contemporary Music: Musicians Institute
Hollywood, USA

The Master of Music degree from Musicians Institute combines advanced music performance training with additional study in traditional and contemporary disciplines such as musi ... +

The Master of Music degree from Musicians Institute combines advanced music performance training with additional study in traditional and contemporary disciplines such as music history, theory, education, research skills, recording technology, production, business relations, and online brand management. -
Master
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Royal Northern College Of Music (RNCM)
Manchester, United Kingdom

The RNCM’s Master of Music (MMus) meets the needs of the music professional and is ideal for those who have a strong vision of where their future is heading.

The RNCM’s Master of Music (MMus) meets the needs of the music professional and is ideal for those who have a strong vision of where their future is heading. -
Master
English
Campus
 
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, USA

The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Musi ... +

The University of Northern Iowa School of Music is regarded as one of the finest music programs in the Midwest and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Students in this program continue to develop their own comprehensive knowledge of music through study of music theory, history, and analysis within the Graduate Music Core. -
MA
English
 
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, USA

The UCA Department of Music is an artistic community of over 220 music majors who participate in over 25 different student ensembles that include the spirited Bear Marching Ba ... +

The UCA Department of Music is an artistic community of over 220 music majors who participate in over 25 different student ensembles that include the spirited Bear Marching Band, the electrifying Conway Symphony Orchestra, the award-winning Concert Choir, and a host of other large and small ensembles. -
Master
English
 
University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

Live music is at the centre of music as an industry and cultural experience. There is a rich set of global opportunities arising from the significant economic and cultural glo ... +

Live music is at the centre of music as an industry and cultural experience. There is a rich set of global opportunities arising from the significant economic and cultural global growth of live music. Central to this are music festivals as economic, social and cultural centres of importance, enhanced by the link between social media and experiential experiences. At Westminster, we already have a highly regarded background and established a reputation for successful teaching and research in music and events from the very heart of the global centre for live music, London. Our Live Music Management MA has been developed alongside and is heavily integrated with the industry and will be delivered by both leading academics as well as frequent guest speakers from the live music industry (including leading industry spokespeople and companies). -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2023
Campus
 
Tileyard Education
London, United Kingdom

The MA Music Business (Online Blended) is a one year, practical and industry-focused Master of Arts Degree, delivered via a combination of online interactive media and face-to ... +

The MA Music Business (Online Blended) is a one year, practical and industry-focused Master of Arts Degree, delivered via a combination of online interactive media and face-to-face delivery and is designed for the creative industry experienced, aspiring or established music entrepreneur seeking to learn interactively online, balancing their professional lifestyle and work commitments with a more flexible approach to study and career. -
MA
Full-time
12 months
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online