Master of Arts in Music Industry

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Students in the Master of Arts in Music Industry degree program have a passion for music and business and want to pursue careers that 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 industry 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 industry 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 Industry program as electives, such as courses in our Live Entertainment Management program and courses offered in the Herbert Business School or School of Communication. More detailed information about the program curriculum can be found in the Academic Bulletin.

Music Industry 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 industry-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 MIND Admissions Info

With respect to admissions, most information can be found under the Admissions menu option above.  However, there is also some MIND-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 industry degree. This Master’s program is not considered a continuing education program from an undergraduate degree in the music industry. Rather, it is generally geared towards students that did not complete a music industry undergraduate course of study. If you studied music industry 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 MIND graduate students in the fall term.

MIND Special Tuition Discount for UM Alumni: Students accepted into the MIND MA Program are eligible to receive a tuition discount of 50% for the tuition associated with the program if they have previously earned a 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 MA degree as part of a joint-degree program.

MIND 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. 

MIND Application Deadlines: Please note the following deadlines:

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

Academic Bulletin