Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries

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Students in the Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries degree program have a passion for music and business and want to pursue careers which combine the two.  They come to the Frost School of Music to be with others from across the country who have similar interests and to prepare for a professional career in the music business through study with members of our renowned faculty.

Coursework, extra-curricular participation, and internships are vital components of the degree program. The program is interdisciplinary in nature with emphasis placed upon courses in music business, music, and business. Majors study music business topics such as copyright, music publishing, record companies, entertainment contracts, music licensing, touring, and music marketing, as well as others. Students are also able to take several graduate courses offered outside of the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program as electives, such as courses in our Arts Presenting and Live Entertainment Management program and courses offered in the School of Business or School of Communications. More detailed information about the program curriculum can be found in the Academic Bulletin.

Music business students are encouraged to participate in all of the extra-curricular activities that we have available, including internships, participating in student-run enterprises, and getting involved with various music business focused student organizations.  More information about these opportunities can be found under the Student Life tab on our website.

Our graduates are working in every different area of the industry – music publishing, record companies, music licensing, artist management, live music production, concert management, and intellectual property/entertainment law.

Special MBEI Admissions Info

With respect to admissions, most information can be found under the Admissions menu option above.  However, there is also some MBEI specific information to note.  When reviewing applications to the program, we consider the “total” person - men and women who show a pattern of achievement and the ability to assume increased responsibility during their careers. We will assess each candidate on the following factors:  Undergraduate grade point average, GRE score (if required), Years of business-related work experience, Level of current position, Letters of Recommendation, Undergraduate School, and  Undergraduate Major. 

An audition is not required. Any undergraduate degree is acceptable, other than an undergraduate music business degree. This Master’s program is not considered a continuing education program from an undergraduate degree in music business.  Rather, it is generally geared towards students that did not complete a music business undergraduate course of study.  If you studied music business as an undergraduate student, especially if you have taken courses within the last 5 years, there is a high likelihood that you are not a suitable candidate to pursue our degree.  If you decide to apply to our program despite this likelihood, you may be asked to provide additional information about the topics covered in the undergraduate courses you have taken.  If we conclude that the topics covered in your undergraduate coursework overlap significantly with the topics covered in our courses, you will likely not be accepted into the program. We only accept new MBEI graduate students in the fall term.

MBEI Special Tuition Discount for UM Alumni: Students accepted into the MBEI MM Program are eligible to receive a tuition discount of 50% for the tuition associated with the program, if they earned their Bachelor’s degree from the University of Miami.  In order to be considered for this special discount, you must apply to the program and have all of your required documents submitted by April 1st.  This special discount applies only to students who are not pursuing their MM degree as part of a joint-degree program.

MBEI Teaching Assistant Position: Each fall, we select two students from those enrolled in their first semester to begin serving as Teaching Assistants (TAs) the following semester.  TAs receive a full-tuition scholarship and a stipend, and are required to work 20 hours per week on various assignments related to assisting professors and the program overall.  Existing students will be given the opportunity to apply for consideration during the month of October. 

MBEI Application Deadlines: Please note the following deadlines:

  • December 1 - for all International applicants to the program
  • April 1 - for all JD/MM applicants and those wishing to be considered for the Special Tuition Discount
  • June 1 - for all other applicants

Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries

A master of music in music business and entertainment industries is a premiere degree that combines course study with hands-on application in the field. Internships and extracurricular opportunities are a major part of this master’s degree program. The interdisciplinary nature of this degree means that you’re eligible to take classes not just at the Frost School of Music, but also in the University of Miami’s School of Communications and School of Business. Professionals from a wide range of fields have pursued this program to grow their behind-the-scenes knowledge of the music industry and boost their business acumen.

Why Pursue a Master of Music Business Degree?

A master of music business degree is perfect for the student who has a keen interest in music, but also a desire to work in business. For most students in the program, their bachelor’s degree was in a different field. Some students are accomplished performers, and other students have always worked off-stage. Regardless, most of the students in the program never got the chance to study music business, specifically. These students find that the master of music business degree builds upon the foundation they have already developed in another field. Typically, the program does not admit students who have recently completed their bachelor’s degree in music business, but the program takes a whole-person approach to applicants. An audition is not necessary to enter the program.

Where Do Music Business Master’s Students End Up Working?

Master’s alumni find themselves working in a wide range of music-related fields. Some grads work in music publishing. Other grads work in distribution of music, copyright and licensing, and in other areas of the record business like talent scouting, budgeting and finance, and marketing. Some alums work for major corporations like Apple, SoundCloud, Warner Music Group, and Spotify, and other alums work independently, as consultants, or for small companies. Regardless of where they ended up working, alumni consistently give the school feedback about how valuable their master’s degree is to their continuing success.

What Do I Need to Know Before I Apply?

This program is looking for candidates who show holistic potential: the ability to grow under pressure, advance in their careers, and take on other leadership skills. A capacity to accept increasing responsibility at work is particularly desirable, since this is a signature feature of success in the industry. Whether you’ve been working in the music industry already or are looking to make a new career move, the department will take into account the feats you’ve already achieved. No audition is necessary to apply to the program, but you will need to submit a letter of intent, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts from the other universities you’ve attended. Contacting the admissions office well in advance of the application deadline is advised. That way, you’ll have plenty of time to figure out how to complete all of the application components efficiently.

Will I Need to Complete a Thesis or Other Capstone Project?

Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries students complete an internship or other elective capstone project determined in tandem with department faculty. Unlike certain other master-level programs, this degree is geared towards hands-on work in the industry. There is a cumulative exit exam that all students must take. This exam draws on the courses the student has taken during their degree such as music licensing, music publishing, and legal aspects of the live entertainment industry. Current students or recent graduates can give you an idea of the nature of the program’s demands.

Who Will Teach My Classes?

Music business department faculty work closely with master’s-level students to conduct coursework, complete research, and participate in internships and other enrichment activities. Faculty who are involved in the department include Serona Elton, Reynaldo Sanchez, Gary Alan Wood, and John D. Redmond. As a master’s level student, you may also have the opportunity to teach. Many students in advanced degrees have found that there is much to be gained from teaching and matriculating at the same time.

What Other Kinds of Opportunities Will the School Offer Master of Music in Music Business Students?

Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries students are eligible to involve themselves in student enterprises, student organizations, conferences, and internships. Student enterprises like Cat 5 Music and Cane Records provide students with hands-on experience in real recording and promotions entities. Student organizations like the Music Industry Association, Grammy U, or UMTV can also provide master’s students with valuable opportunities. Other student life opportunities include the following:

  • Hurricane Productions: Hurricane Productions encourages students to gain experience in music booking and promotions as they plan entertainment experiences for the student body.
  • WVUM Radio: The University of Miami’s student-run radio station plays new music throughout the year.
  • The Miami Hurricane: The University of Miami’s student-run newspaper provides publishing and interview opportunities for students.
  • Southeast Sound Music Business Conference: This annual conference takes place on the UM campus every year and hosts keynote speakers like Ken Abdo, Judith Finell, and Steve Barnett.

Are Tuition Discount, Teaching Assistant, or Other Funding Opportunities Available?

Every year, teaching assistantships are available to two students in the program. These students assist program faculty and take on other important responsibilities in the program. They may also eventually teach their own introductory classes. In return for the assistants’ part-time labor, the department offers a small stipend and tuition reimbursement. Contacting your program directly can give you the most up-to-date information about what kinds of assistantships are currently available.

A Special Note for University of Miami Alumni

If you are already a University of Miami alum, you may be eligible for a tuition discount from the university. Make sure to check with program faculty and the admissions department before you apply so that you can take advantage of every opportunity that’s available to you.

How Do I Find the Program That is Right For Me?

Regardless of your prior work experience, it’s important to continue to locate opportunities that will help you advance your career. A Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries degree is a prime opportunity for those students who want to take their professional journeys to the next level at the University of Miami. Extracurriculars, internships, and coursework combine to create a comprehensive curriculum for every student.