Students in the Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries degree program are serious about their goals, and they come to the Frost School of Music to take an important step toward attaining those goals, whether to work in traditional music industry areas, such as music publishing or record marketing and distribution, or in new and emerging areas of the business, such as online music streaming services. Music Business students work tirelessly to develop their knowledge and skills through study with our faculty whose members are established industry teachers and professionals.
Classroom lessons, extra-curricular participation and internships are vital components of the degree program. Music Business and Entertainment Industries students study music copyright, music publishing, record companies, entertainment contracts, music licensing, touring, and music marketing. In addition to their primary area of study, they have the opportunity to pursue other related subjects such as music, business and communications. More detailed information about the program curriculum can be found in the Academic Bulletin. (Tip for navigating the Bulletin: Select the Browse Sections option, then under Graduate Programs, select the Frost School of Music, then search for “MBEI” or scroll to the MMI Department, and this particular program)
Music Business and Entertainment Industries students have numerous opportunities to expand their knowledge of the music industry by becoming involved in one of our student-run enterprises, ‘Cane Records and Cat 5 Music Publishing, our student Music Industry Association (MIA), and the local branches of national associations such as Grammy U. Visit our Student Life page for more information.
Music business students are encouraged to explore different areas of the industry through multiple internships, which may be completed locally and/or in different cities across the country. Guest speakers regularly come to our campus to share their insights and experiences with our students.
Our goal is to prepare you for the next step in your career as a music business and entertainment industry professional. 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. We look forward to welcoming you as a student to the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music!
Admissions Information: 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
• Undergraduate Major
Application instructions can be found on the FSOM Graduate Application webpage.
An audition is not required. An undergraduate music business degree is also not required. Any undergraduate degree is acceptable. Undergraduate business courses are not required for eligibility; however, they are desirable for your personal development and business mindset. Please note, if you are completing a music business undergraduate degree, you should review our curriculum closely. You can find a link to the Academic Bulletin further up this page. Depending on the focus of your undergraduate degree, and which courses you have already taken, our program may be too similar to your undergraduate degree for it to make sense to pursue it. This Masters 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. We only accept new MBEI graduate students in the fall term.
Special Tuition Discount for UM Alumni: Starting with Fall 2014, 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 March 15th. This special discount applies only to students who are not pursuing their MM degree as part of a joint-degree program.
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.
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