Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration

Curriculum


The following courses have been carefully crafted and purposefully sequenced to form a uniquely integrated program of study. Courses are listed in the order in which they are presented. Later courses build on earlier ones to provide a powerful, cumulative learning experience.

Course List (11 courses, 33 units)

The ten courses that comprise this Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration are:

  • MUS 580: Music Industry Developments
  • MUS 593: Current Trends in the Music Industry I
  • GBUS 600:  Analysis of Contemporary Organizations
  • BLAW 651: Entertainment Business Law
  • ACCT 505: Financial and Managerial Accounting in Industry
  • MUS 680: Music Publishing & Copyright Administration
  • MKT 640: Marketing Management
  • MGT 620: Behavior in Organizations
  • MUS 683: Entrepreneurship in the Music Industry
  • MUS 693: Current Trends in the Music Industry II
  • MUS 697: Comprehensive Exams

 

Course Schedules

Course Descriptions

COURSE NAME UNITS DESCRIPTION
MUS 580 Music Industry Developments

3 units

Study of the present and the future of the Music Industry including new developments related to copyright, legal/illegal downloading, file sharing, emerging sales models, traditional and digital distribution, technology, and globalization's effect on music consumption.
MUS 593 Current Trends in the Music Industry I

3 units

Introduction of interdisciplinary concepts, principles, and skills considered essential for a successful career in the Music Industry. Subject matter varies weekly.
GBUS 600 Analysis of Contemporary Organizations

3 units

Interdisciplinary course introducing new graduate students to the field of business. Focuses on the nature of organizations and the inter-relatedness of the functional areas. Explores intellectual and historic roots of management theories through readings of primary source materials. Students develop communication and research skills through individual and group projects that focus on organizations and their environment.

BLAW 651 Entertainment Business Law

3 units

This course covers the recurring legal problems that arise in the business context of the entertainment industry and the legal relationships between the parties involved in the film, television, theater, music, and online entertainment fields. In particular, the course will address tort law issues, including defamation, invasion of privacy, and the right of publicity; intellectual property protection, including copyright and trademark law and the protection of ideas; contract law issues, including contract formation, contractual obligations, and remedies; and government regulation of entertainment content and industry practices. International aspects of each of these areas will be emphasized.
ACCT 505 Financial and Managerial Accounting in Industry

3 units

Study of financial practices relevant to particular industries. Includes general financial and managerial accounting processes, the recording and analysis of financial transactions and statements, and the use of accounting data for planning and budgeting purposes. The course will include significant coverage of topics specific to the industry of emphasis. For example, for the Masters in Music Industry Studies, the course will include a survey of music industry income and royalty streams (performance, mechanical, synchronization, copyright), licensor/licensee accounting, inventory, and tax issues. If no particular industry focus is needed, the course will include a survey of industries with unusual, specialized, or atypical accounting practices.
MUS 680 Music Publishing & Copyright Administration

3 units

Study of traditional and online music publishing and copyright administration of art music, educational music and popular music. Study of Electronic Commerce as applied to music distribution and the online sale of music, games, and music-related merchandise, the implementation and operation of websites, FTC regulations, e-commerce licenses and the exploitation of intellectual property rights.
MKT 640 Marketing Management

3 units

Advanced approach to marketing policy. Analysis of problems in marketing management. Emphasis on development of competence in adjusting marketing policies to changes in the general economic, competitive, and social climate.
MGT 620 Behavior in Organizations

3 units

Covers the behavioral issues facing organizations and their managers, the methods and systems for addressing them, and the interpersonal and analytical knowledge and skill needed to apply these methods and systems effectively. Focuses on practical experience, skill-building, and theory about motivation, leadership, interpersonal communication, group processes and team building, decision making, and job and organizational design.
MUS 683 Entrepreneurship  in the Music Industry

3 units

Study of the processes and procedures involved in launching entrepreneurial enterprises that monetize Music Industry-related intellectual property, products and services. Emphasis on opportunity recognition, commercialization of intellectual property, use of established and developing distribution models, and organizational and capitalization structures for new ventures within the Music Industry.
MUS 693 Current Trends in the Music Industry II

3 units

Extended practice of interdisciplinary concepts, principles, and skills considered essential for a successful career in the Music Industry. Subject matter varies weekly.
MUS 697 Comprehensive Exams

3 units

Examination will allow students to demonstrate their ability to integrate content knowledge, independent thinking, and critical analysis. Only available to students who have completed or are currently completing their course requirements and have only the Comprehensive Examination to take.

Prerequisite: Permission of Music Industry Studies Option Coordinator; Credit/No Credit Only. Comprehensive examination of the subject matter covered in the student's graduate program.