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administrative contact

Cynthia Anderson
School of Music
phone: 304-293-4489

program contact

Darko Velichkovski
phone: 304-293-5511

Program Details

Program Description

The Master of Arts Program in Music Industry provides students with the up-to-date, relevant knowledge and skills needed to productively operate, lead and successfully manage the dynamic changes in the music industry.

During the first part of this completely online two-year program — Music Industry Foundations — students will explore the development of the music industry from a solely cultural phenomenon to a multifaceted commercial product, and its future direction, especially as it relates to independent artists and labels. They will study related intellectual property laws, and learn how society, culture, politics, commerce, law and technology intersect to shape the industry.

The central module of the program is the Music Commerce, Management and Operations Module, which covers commercial and operational principles and practices at both the national and international levels, from recording and publishing to product development and sales.

During the third module — Music Production Methods and Technology — students will learn the fundamental technical aspects of music recording and live music production.

Career Profile

Graduates will be able to creatively participate in all the music industry’s sectors as national and international leaders, and will be prepared to make major professional contributions in the field of the music industry.

Delivery Methods Available

  • online

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Test Requirements: GRE
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Applicants are required to submit a 500-word essay on why they wish to enter the Music Industry graduate program, in addition to their professional plans and aspirations.

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WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The School of Music and its programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.