Master of Arts

Interdisciplinary Music Studies Degree

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The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies will expand your knowledge and skills in four areas critical to advancing a career in the music industry: music business, music production and technology, songwriting, and film scoring. In this program, you will have the opportunity to leverage creative, state-of-the-art technology and techniques to empower you in your pursuit of a career in the music industry.

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A graduate degree in Interdisciplinary Studies will allow you to create your own program to better align with your interests and career path. Musicians increasingly need knowledge and skills in a number of different areas to succeed and this program provides considerable flexibility in choosing coursework across a number of disciplines.

Your personalized education plan will include core courses in music business, music technology, and genre analysis, as well as additional electives in songwriting and film scoring. You will also complete a culminating experience project that will span two courses, where you will work with a faculty advisor on a project that is rigorous and relevant to your career goals.

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Develop a strategy for creating a sustainable music career, pursuing multiple revenue streams within the music industry, creating a livable income
  • Leverage best practices within the music business, empowering you to effectively navigate the industry while conducting yourself with professionalism
  • Deepen your understanding of your musicality and art through analysis and practice
  • Develop a strong personal brand with a clear vision and message
  • Hone the music production and recording skills necessary to work in today’s industry
  • Use hardware and software instruments to record, edit, mix, and master music
  • Apply effective promotion and marketing strategies for the music industry
  • Synthesize knowledge and skills in music theory, music production, and music business in a culminating experience
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(36 Credits)

1. Fill out the online application (15 minutes).

2. Statement of Purpose: Create a 500-750 word essay, or a 3-5 minute video essay, in which you tell us about yourself and why you would be a great fit for our online Interdisciplinary Music Studies master’s degree program.

3. Compile your résumé or CV.

4. Portfolio: Prepare at least two recent projects that best showcase your experience and abilities, with a particular focus on the areas of music business, production and technology, and/or composition.

5. Attach your official transcripts.

6. Ask for two letters of recommendation.

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Online graduate degree tuition vs. competitor's campus-based programs

Affordable Tuition

Online graduate degree tuition is $33,980 for 36 credits (includes associated fees). To get started, this degree program includes a non-refundable $75 application fee.

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Note: September 2023 Semester Price Increase

In September 2023, online graduate degree tuition will increase to $34,304 for 36 credits (includes associated fees).

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