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11 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 campuses 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 campuses in Berlin, Germany. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 4 semesters
English
Oct 2021
15 Aug 2021
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
University of Glasgow Postgraduate Programmes
Glasgow, United Kingdom

This programme provides an opportunity to explore the music industries - with a focus on popular music - from the perspectives of history, research methods and theory, contemp ... +

This programme provides an opportunity to explore the music industries - with a focus on popular music - from the perspectives of history, research methods and theory, contemporary debates, and work-based learning. Making the most of the city of Glasgow and its vibrant popular music ecosystem including a rich network of venues, festivals, and small to medium music businesses, this degree is distinctive for its emphasis on work-based learning with opportunities for arranged projects with existing music companies and artists on the one hand, or supervised music entrepreneurship projects on the other. -
MSc
Full-time
Part-time
12 - 24 months
English
Sep 2021
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
Oct 2022
07 Jan 2022
Campus
 

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University of Westminster
London, United Kingdom

This course 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 ... +

This course 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 are currently working in the music industry, and every week there are a number of high-level industry guests. You will 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. -
MA
Full-time
English
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
Sep 2021
Campus
 
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
Sep 2021
 
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
Sep 2021
Campus
 
Berklee College of Music Valencia Campus
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. From crowdsourcing to music streaming, the way of doing business in the music industry is being revolutionized. Berklee's master in the global entertainment and music business is part of that revolution. This one-year program is ideal if you have a vested interest in both music and business, and want to gain a competitive edge in the industry. Getting hands-on, practical experience is vital to success after graduation. Students have the chance to work on real-life projects such as the on-campus record label Disrupción Records. Students also get to work on consulting projects to develop creative solutions for real companies and start-ups, such as Sony Music Germany, Kobalt Music Group, FUGA, Chartmetric, Soundcharts, and Next Big Sound. -
MA
English
Sep 2021
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
Sep 2021
 
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
Sep 2021