Music & Entertainment Industries

Frequently Asked Questions


1. Do I need to audition to be a major in program?

To become a BM Music & Entertainment Industries major an audition is required. See the Audition Information page.

2. Are the audition requirements the same for a jazz track music & entertainment industries major as a jazz performance major?

Yes. The audition requirements for any jazz related program are identical to that for a jazz performance major.

3. What kind of experiences do graduates have with this degree?

Graduates usually follow one of four career paths: continue as performers and are educated about the business; seek and find employment in the music and entertainment business (see our Outstanding Alumni page); become entrepreneurs in areas involving music, entertainment, communications or technology area(s); attend graduate/law school.

4. Do I need to audition to enroll as a minor in the program?

An audition is NOT required to complete a minor in program.

5. Are there extra benefits to enrolling as a major rather than a minor?

A major will receive private applied lessons and complete a co-requisite of courses from the Cotsakos School of Business. When seeking employment in the business, there are few benefits over the minor.

6. Are there benefits in enrolling as a minor?

As a minor, one completes a major from any department on campus. Consequently, if you are a business major or a communication major with a minor in music and entertainment industries, you might be better equipped to seek the career of your choice. One may also minor as a BA Major in Pop Music and Social Media. This also has many benefits.

7. What will I learn in the program?

The program gives one an introduction to the entertainment industry with a deep analysis of the strategies employed in monetizing the three important revenue streams; live, licensing, and recording.

8. Does the program concentrate on specific areas of the music and entertainment business?

This program concentrates on the entrepreneurial side of personal management and licensing as it pertains to copyright. It also has a strong component in social media.


1. What is the difference between an MBA in Music & Entertainment Industries and an MM in Music & Entertainment Industries?

The MBA degree is 48 credits and granted from the Cotsakas School of Business. The MM degree is 36 credits and requires an audition or the completion of an undergraduate degree in music. The core of music and entertainment industries coursework is identical.

2. Is one able to enroll in applied lessons and/or perform in ensembles from either degree?

Although neither is a requirement for graduation, students are permitted to enroll in those course. Note that an audition may be required.