Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration

About This Program

CSUN is listed among the top 25 music Schools in the world.

The first graduate program of its kind in the Western United States – and the only one located in the heart of the nation's professional entertainment community – CSUN's Music Industry Administration M.A. is an excellent solution for professionals seeking careers in producing, distributing and promoting music.

Because the program focuses on the many aspects of the industry itself – everything from current trends to music publishing and e-commerce to entertainment and copyright law to marketing management and organizational behavior – there is no performance requirement for admission.

Offered by the Department of Music in CSUN's Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication in collaboration with the university's David Nazarian College of Business and Economics and the Tseng College, the 33-unit Music Industry Administration program takes only 21 months to complete and is taught by distinguished music industry and business professionals. The program is offered in the cohort format, which facilitates networking and the formation of lasting professional connections. The evening and weekend course schedules are designed to fit the busy lifestyles of program participants.

As CSUN students, program participants enjoy access to university resources, including the online research capabilities of the Oviatt Library.


The program prepares graduates for success in a number of music industry roles, including the following:

  • Music business administration (as an executive in recording, talent management, producing, publishing and copyright administration, music products, music supervision, and live entertainment)
  • Marketing or licensing music (as a producer, publishing administrator, music supervisor, or music clearance specialist)
  • Promoting and publicizing music (as a marketing, publicity, or public relations specialist)
  • Presenting live performances (as a talent agent, concert promoter, concert producer, tour manager)
  • Assisting performers with their careers (as a talent agent, personal manager, business manager)

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