Master of Music

Music Production Degree

The Master of Music in Music Production combines the most creative, innovative music production techniques with the power of DAW-based music technology tools. The program provides a rigorous training in advanced recording, mixing, and mastering, in addition to focused work on critical areas such as vocal production, audio for visual media, and business sustainability for independent producers. 

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Through the program, you develop a professional framework and vocabulary for analyzing production qualities in music and learn how to leverage research into how people perceive sound to strengthen the connection between their music and listeners. You'll also gain the knowledge and skills to achieve professional, effective musical collaborations with high-quality results, often in distributed contexts, from your studio/production company. 

The program prepares you to be skillful producers in a variety of contemporary styles and formats, with a culminating experience that allows you to define your unique contribution as a music producer and/or advance the field of music production. 

The program is designed to be completed in one year. You will complete 12 courses at a recommended pace of three courses per semester over four 12-week semesters. Throughout the program, you will participate in a community of highly engaged and motivated peers and faculty committed to high-level learning and collaboration.

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

  • Plan and execute the design of a professional-level critical listening, recording, and music production environment  

  • Evaluate music production techniques in a variety of styles using a professional framework and vocabulary

  • Plan, lead, and deliver high-quality, expressive music production projects that maximize the emotional impact of any recording 

  • Make professional sounding recordings in any setting, from studio-grade recording environments to portable studios with minimal gear

  • Develop and apply advanced skills necessary to produce commercially-viable vocal performances for a contemporary client base

  • Exploit various income-generating opportunities for independent studio production, in addition to negotiating important contractual and financial documents required in professional production contexts to ensure the most favorable terms for business growth and sustainability

  • Explain the relationship between sound and human perception in terms of the underlying mechanisms and limitations of the hearing system and apply this information to enhance engineering and mixing projects

  • Apply advanced mixing skills that involve deep understanding of balance, EQ, dynamics, spatial effects, automation, pitch/time correction, and mixing for digital streaming services

  • Deliver high-quality, professional masters for various platforms, including vinyl, lossy codecs, and  streaming platforms

  • Apply the tools, techniques, workflows, and creative considerations necessary for producing professional audio for film, television, and related visual media

  • Undertake independent research and propose, develop, and present a culminating experience that represents your unique contribution as a music producer and/or advances the field of music production

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How to Apply

  1. Fill out the online application (15 minutes).
  2. Create a 500-750 word essay, or a 3-5 minute video essay, in which you tell us about your background and why you are applying to the program, in addition to describing the project you intend to pursue in the program.
  3. Compile your résumé or CV.
  4. Prepare three examples of recently recorded work, along with a detailed explanation of your role in creating the work.
  5. Attach your official transcripts.
  6. Ask for two letters of recommendation.


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

Affordable Tuition

Online graduate degree tuition is $33,120 for 36 credits. To get started, this degree program includes a $75 (non-refundable) application fee.

Available Financial Aid