Music Industry

University of Southern California

M.Sc. On Campus
12 months
57256 USD/year
57256 USD/year
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The creation and consumption of music is changing radically, and new business models and an ever-evolving tech industry have remade the music profession.The Music Industry program is offered at University of Southern California.


As the center of the Music Industry at University of Southern California, Los Angeles is uniquely positioned to connect students to cutting-edge technological innovation, new tools for independent music creation, and the vanguard of live music production. The skills required to succeed have become specialized and fragmented, and it is harder to become a leader today without a full grasp of the concepts that connect the “old” and “new” practices and marketplace.

After 20 years offering a successful undergraduate program in Music Industry, Thornton has launched an 18-month graduate degree geared towards musicians and other students with a music background who want to retool their skills for the rapidly-evolving music industry.

Alumni from Thornton’s current Music Industry program include award-winning music supervisors at Universal Music and RCA/Sony Music Licensing, music coordinators, music managers, publicists, and entrepreneurs in all aspects of technology, production design, live music production, special events, and more. Alumni have launched successful companies like Production Club, creating visual effects for artists such as Skrillex, and have been signed to major labels as artists and songwriters.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Music Industry: Careers, Rights and Income Streams 
  • Music Industry History: Entrepreneurs, Moguls and Catalogs 
  • The Management of Live Performances 
  • Artist Management: Campaign Planning, Pitching, Partnerships.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




30 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Resume detailing your educational and professional background. Highlighting experience in the Liberal Arts; focusing on creativity, personal growth and leadership. Including, but not limited to the following areas: music, fine arts, literature, philosophy, drama, theology, dance, entertainment, media, management, business, entrepreneurship, concert promotion, production or performance.
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • A digital portfolioUnofficial copies of transcripts for faculty review purposes.
  • Letters of recommendation.
  • Tuition Fee

    • International

      57256 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 57256 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
    • National

      57256 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 57256 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.


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    Music Industry
    University of Southern California