New technology, production and distribution methods and new economic realities are bringing rapid-fire changes to the music business — and creating both career opportunities and challenges for artists and entrepreneurs who want to shape the future of the music business. Success today depends on creative leaders who are well-versed in business best practices and how they apply directly to the music industry.
The online Master of Business Administration in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University and Berklee College of Music provides the tools and knowledge critical to a thriving music career. You’ll get the foundational, interdisciplinary experience of a comprehensive MBA paired with a specialized education in the music business.
This online MBA in Music Business is the only one of its kind in the U.S., and it draws on the business education excellence found at SNHU and the internationally respected music business expertise at Berklee. Nine core courses at SNHU instill the solid business education students need to succeed, while four courses from Berklee Online bring the knowledge and skills needed specifically for the music industry. An innovative, high-quality music business degree, it's also one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation and can be completed in just over a year.
The online MBA in Music Business from SNHU and Berklee is dedicated to serving the needs of continuing education students by focusing on student success and service — and not on bringing traditional classrooms to the online space. Both universities are building online academic programs that leverage new technologies, with Berklee Online offering a unique, award-winning education in a vibrant online environment and SNHU developing one of the broadest and fastest-growing online degree offerings in the U.S.
Designed from a music industry professional’s perspective, the MBA in Music Business offered by SNHU and Berklee Online provides students with traditional and relevant business skills such as accounting, finance, project management, IT and quantitative analysis with coursework that then applies directly to the music industry. This is a best-of-both-worlds online music business degree, built for an industry that's constantly redefining itself. Executives, artists, managers, record label employees, entrepreneurs and others will benefit from the program's focus on:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission – to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MBA in Music Business online include:
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.
Candidates must also submit a professional resume.
Technology has changed the way music is produced, distributed and promoted. As a result, agile businesses and entrepreneurs are evolving their business models and creating innovative solutions to respond to the growth of digital markets. In partnership with Berklee School of Music, SNHU’s MBA in Music Business will prepare you a variety of careers in the music industry, including:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employees with a master’s degree earn 20 percent more on average than those with only a bachelor’s degree and almost 80 percent more than those without a degree. They are also significantly less likely to be unemployed.
At SNHU, your music industry MBA will include a nine-course core, preparing you to navigate the ups and downs of a volatile business world. You'll learn effective research strategies, interpersonal communication skills, and a greater business awareness that will equip you to compete in the local and global marketplace.
The four concentration courses at Berklee will dive deeply into the application of business principles and best practices to the music industry:
Learn more about Berklee's online courses, certificate programs and undergraduate degree offerings. You can also explore Berklee College of Music's physical campus in Boston and master's degree programs in Valencia, Spain.
This course provides an in depth look at the structure of the evolving music business and strategies for creating successful business models. It will guide students through the critical areas of the music industry, including publishing and licensing; marketing, promotion, and retail; proper utilization of free music; fan funding and other forms of creative revenue for musicians; and new business opportunities. By the end of this course, students will have a deep understanding of the pressing issues that all musicians, music industry entrepreneurs, managers,and other music business professionals face in the main segments of the music industry, and how to leverage opportunities that the new business provides. This course is offered through Berklee Online.
This course takes an in depth look at the tools and emerging technologies used to generate interest in music, acquire new fans, and sell music. The course begins with an introduction to online music marketing - the opportunities available, case studies on how artists are generating interest online, ways to optimize the fan experience, and the major differences between online and physical marketing campaigns. The course examines effective pricing models, third-party distribution options, and product techniques designed to reward fans, while helping to generate a higher net margin. By the end of the course, students produce a fully timed, integrated, and optimized marketing plan that builds up digital touch points, generates interest, and sells music online. This course is offered through Berklee Online.
In this course, students learn to apply critical tools of financial analysis to leverage talent, assess the potential of music enterprises, and drive new music businesses. The course explores nontraditional forms of music funding, such as venture capital and crowdfunding opportunities like Kickstarter. The course includes three components, roughly equally weighted in time spent per week: 1- financial calculations - music and business examples, 2- money, markets, and the music business, and 3- funding music. This course in offered through Berklee Online.
Leadership, decision-making, and ethics represent vital foundations for business professionals in the music industry. The course examines the characteristics of notable leaders, leadership approaches, and music industry leadership scenarios. It explores ethics from a wide variety of industries to gain an understanding about why ethical choices are important, and analyzes current issues affecting the music industry, such as the treatment of artists, intellectual property rights, revenue sharing, and digital media and distribution. Students will apply specific decision-making approaches and ethical frameworks toward projects that mirror the real world. They will create a blueprint for sound decision-making, effective leadership, organizational planning, and ethical awareness that they can immediately apply toward advancing their careers. This course is offered through Berklee Online.
This coursework may be exempt based on undergraduate coursework.
This is an applied course, which will provide students with the mathematical knowledge and skills that underlie many courses offered in the school of business. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and methods of linear algebra, mathematical functions, differential calculus and statistics and their applications to business. They will also sharpen their quantitative, analytical and problem-solving skills that are so important for success in the world of business today.
This course is intended to provide the student with a concisely focused yet rigorous introduction to both micro- and macroeconomic theory needed at the foundational level of a graduate degree program. Some of the topics to be addressed include: market behavior; demand theory and related elasticity concepts; production and cost theory; managerial decision-making in perfectly competitive and imperfectly competitive markets; GDP determination; unemployment and inflation; and fiscal and monetary policy.
This course is designed to help future business leaders across all functional areas appreciate and understand the rules and regulations, processes and procedures, and significance of financial accounting statements and reports. It provides a balanced presentation between how statements are prepared and, more importantly, how to analyze these statements and footnotes to assess a company's performance within the industry and management's performance within a particular company. New government regulations have made the integrity and quality of financial accounting information everyone's responsibility. This course will help future business leaders conduct better internal audits, improve forecasts and valuations, and make better management decisions.
This course focuses on the theory and application of business regulations and the laws of contracts, agency, property and business organizations. Background preparation: 3 credit hours in business law or the equivalent.
This course is a study of individuals and groups and their interaction. Students examine theories of motivation, communication, leadership, power and change with practical relation to contemporary issues. They also study organizations for key design variables and reward systems aimed at improved performance and organizational efficiency through employee motivational programs, participative management and cooperative decision making.
This course will focus on the basic of business by introducing the student to the business environment, by focusing on the big picture, on identifying internal and external opportunities for growth, and resource management. The course will also present techniques for managers to stay current and to apply creative solutions to problems. The students will be introduced to the programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, team work, and ethics.
Finance is the language of business, and in this course students will take their understanding of finance to the next level by using analytical skills when dealing with financial reporting. Students will apply financial and analytical skills gained in prior coursework, as well as principles of corporate finance, to business decision making. The course covers financial statements and other reports, the basics of financial forecasting and budgeting, and the communications and vocabulary related to financial statements.
The course will focus on people management at all levels: individual, team, internal and external networks. Interpersonal skills will be focused upon, as well as strength finders. The students will learn conflict management, negotiations, and how to develop a creative culture. The students will also learn how to establish productive relationships, motivate people, and align teams and individuals to a vision; as well as how to be an agent of change.
The course will focus on brand management and how marketing should be approached as a partner in strategic decision making, both internally and externally. Students will study strategic positioning, market opportunities, pricing strategies, market analysis, as well as product differentiation. SWOT analysis and the marketing mix will be covered in a decision making focus, together with the programmatic themes of globalization, leadership, team work and ethics.
This course is a continuation of MBA-550 and it looks at corporate culture and social responsibility, on how to build a sustainable business and how to promote corporate ethics and values. The course also looks at how to deal with group think, diversity and cultural awareness, civic engagement, and how to be at the forefront of using environmental and sustainable practices that have a positive global impact. The course will also discuss personal ethics, in relationship to corporate ethics, governance and civic mindedness.
This course is a continuation of MBA-520, and it focuses on decision-making based on quantitative and qualitative data, microeconomic variables, and internal financial priorities. The course will hone operational and investment decision-making skills with respect to organizational sustainability and growth, mergers and other business combinations, debt vs. equity funding, capital markets, etc. The course will also touch upon foreign currencies, foreign direct investment (FDI) and international trade.
The course will focus on the macroeconomic aspect of business, including the governmental side (local, national, international), by diving into public policy, regulatory bodies, regulations' impact on business, trends and current politics and their impact on business, power structures and lobbying.
The course will present aspects of project management, monitoring and measuring KPIs; as well as taking advantage of technology to create automation and sustainability. Students will learn to collect, identify and determine quality measures and use common methodologies and strategic planning processes. The course looks at technology management and operations management from a strategic perspective, creating a common view into the different layers of a business.
As the final stop in students' journeys toward earning their MBA, this capstone course integrates previous coursework and practical experience with a focus on authentic demonstration of competencies outlined by the program. Rather than introducing new concepts, students will synthesize and integrate prior learning to design or develop a capstone project as a culmination of their studies.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses.
Application Fee ($40), Graduation Fee ($150), Books (course-by-course)
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