The master of arts degree in global entertainment and music business provides advanced instruction to guide and prepare music industry professionals to lead today’s global music industry as visionaries, executives, and entrepreneurs. Global entertainment and music business master’s students focus on the skills, concepts, and methodologies of global business models. They learn to apply these models to the artistic management and entrepreneurial challenges of music and digital media in the international contemporary entertainment industry. Through a contemporary approach to global entertainment and music business, students strengthen analytical and leadership skills, as well as written, oral, and musical communication skills, as they excel as music business leaders. Students not only enhance their professional skills and knowledge, they also grow as leaders of the music industry.
*Course content is subject to change.
A PDF with course descriptions can be found here.
The master’s program runs from September to August. For a list of important dates for the upcoming intake, click here.
Program Purposes and Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the program students will be able to:
- Synthesize the language of the global music and entertainment industries
- Evaluate and apply leadership models as tools for ethical and culturally-influenced decision-making
- Apply effective promotion and marketing strategies to the global development of music and entertainment
- Synthesize research techniques applicable to the global music and entertainment industries
- Synthesize intellectual property laws, with particular attention to rights licensing
- Assess markets for emerging business models
- Assess financial considerations in the commerce of music and entertainment in a global economy
- Forecast trends and gain expertise in the technology applications appearing in business environments
These are some examples of the career paths students can pursue after completing this program:
- Artist Management
- Concert Promoter
- Music Publishing
- Music Supervision
- Research and Education (university faculty member)
- Music or Technology entrepreneur
Learn more about careers in Global Entertainment and Music Business.
Who Are We Looking for?
We seek focused, motivated, creative candidates with excellent academic and professional backgrounds who can contribute skills that will benefit the program.
The ideal candidate wants to:
- Explore advanced concepts and models in the global music industry.
- Apply managerial and/or entrepreneurial skills to existing entertainment and music business environments.
- Master all aspects of placing intellectual property in international commerce.
- Lead and influence the direction of the profession as visionaries, executives, and entrepreneurs.
- Gain a thorough understanding of the elements of a successful enterprise.
Candidates should demonstrate that they have:
- Prior academic success.
- Experience in music or entertainment, preferably with a business connection.
- Leadership in professional and/or academic environments.
- Effective communication skills (musically, orally, and in writing).
- The ability to work effectively with others typically found in the global music industry.
Global entertainment and music business applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and demonstrate leadership, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and promise of great achievement in their area of study.
Application deadline: December 1, 2013
Interview* Deadline: February 1, 2014
Admissions decisions isued: March 1, 2014
Application deadline: March 31, 2014
Interview* Deadline: May 1, 2014
Admissions decisions issued: June 1, 2014
*You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.
There are three steps in the admissions process:
1. Complete online application, turn in all required supplemental material and pay application fee.
2. If selected to continue in the admissions process, you will be invited for an interview.
3. Final admissions decision made.
Program Specific Supporting Materials
The GRE or GMAT exams are not required for admission but are highly recommended. If you choose to submit official GRE or GMAT exam results, please do so prior to the published application deadline. PDF copies are accepted as part of the application process, although official copies will be required prior to enrollment.
For complete information about the admissions process, click here.
Tuition and Related Costs
2013-2014 Academic Year
Waived for Berklee alumni
|Nonrefundable tuition deposit
To be credited towards tuition
|Required Software Fee
Global Entertainment and Music Business
Only Global Entertainment and Music Business
Late payment fee: $250
Late check-in fee: $250
The comprehensive fee covers services and facilities that augment the students’ academic experience and includes, but is not limited to, students’ required registration into the Spanish educational system, students’ compulsory health insurance, and a variety of other services and facilities to which students have access.
Travel Fee – MIDEM Conference
Global Entertainment and Music Business students will be charged an additional $650 in the first tuition payment for the mandatory educational trip to Cannes, France for the MIDEM Conference.
A $250 late payment fee will be applied to your account if full payment is not received by the due date indicated. Please keep in mind certain payment methods take longer to process than others and arrange accordingly.
Late Check-In Fee
Late check-in fee is applied if you do not check-in by 12 noon the first day of class each term.
Laptop and Software Requirements for the Master in Global Entertainment and Music Business
Berklee College of Music requires all entering master’s students to own a laptop computer that meets certain standards established by the college’s academic and technology leadership. For over half a century, Berklee College of Music has been committed to preparing our students for the musical, technological, and business necessities of the world they will be entering. We firmly believe the laptop and software requirements stated in the below PDF provide students with a unique resource that will maximize the potent music education available only at Berklee and will help prepare students for successful entry into the music industry. Entering students should follow the information specific to their program.
You can find the laptop and software requirements for the 2013 intake in this PDF.
Is the GRE or the GMAT required to apply for this program?
The GRE or the GMAT is not required to apply for this program, but is highly recommended.
Do I need to have a degree in music business?
Global entertainment and music business applicants must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in music or business (or equivalent credentials) from an accredited institution and demonstrate leadership, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and promise of great achievement in their area of study.
I have an undergraduate degree from Berklee College of Music. Is there a special process to apply to this master’s degree program?
The process is the same as for any other applicant.