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Music Industry Administration

California State University Northridge

12 months
14042 USD/year
14042 USD/year
8498 USD/year
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The Music Industry Administration program at California State University Northridge is an interdisciplinary professional program for students desiring an advanced degree in Music Industry Studies or Music Business.


Program Description

The mission of the Music Industry Administration program at California State University Northridge is to prepare students for professional growth by integrating up-to-date knowledge of the music industry’s varied facets with the students’ own career-related experiences. The program emphasizes analytical thinking, clear written and oral communication skills, the practice of ethical decision making and a global perspective. A spirit of collegiality among the students, faculty and members of the Hollywood/Los Angeles Music Industry community is fostered through social and professional interactions.

Designed to be accessible to the fully employed student and the midcareer professional, the average course load for the major is 6 units per semester. With few exceptions, graduate courses are typically scheduled on nights and weekends. Program curriculum is drawn from the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication and the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and it is administered as a self-supported program by The Tseng College of Extended Learning.

Student Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of all requirements for the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and identification of facts, terms, concepts, principles and theories within the music industry.
  • Identify the purpose, importance and critical function of copyright within the music industry.
  • Demonstrate professional competence and intellectual rigor in the execution of business practices and procedures common to the music industry.
  • Develop interpersonal skills and leadership qualities necessary for effectiveness in mixed artistic and nonartistic team-based business environments.
  • Develop interdisciplinary skills and entrepreneurial qualities necessary for career effectiveness within an evolving global music industry.
  • Recognize the importance of remaining both inquisitive and adaptable as the music industry continues to evolve.
  • Demonstrate the principles of exceptional character and assess the advantages, to both the individual and music industry alike, of incorporating them into one’s personality.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Financial and Managerial Accounting in Industry
  • Entertainment Business Law
  • Behavior in Organizations
  • Marketing Management
  • Music Industry Developments
  • Music Industry Research, Data and Analytics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


33 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
  • 3.0 with no additional needs
  • 2.76-2.99 plus 5 years of relevant/applicable experience
  • 2.50-2.75 plus 10 years of relevant/applicable experience

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Have a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.
  • Complete the “International Online Application”
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable application fee
  • All  secondary-school records 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S.institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents
  • Educational Background: Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0 with no additional needs, or, 2.76-2.99 plus 5 years of relevant/applicable experience, or 2.50-2.75 plus 10 years of relevant/applicable experience
  • English Proficiency Requirements for International Applicants

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    14042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14042 USD per year during 12 months.
  • In-State

    8498 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8498 USD per year during 12 months.

Yearly tuition fee for seven or more units per semester.

Living costs for Los Angeles

1520 - 2570 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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