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Department of Music College of Arts, Media, and Communication California State University, Northridge

  • Northridge, CA
  • Public
  • Urban
  • 64%36%
    student ratio
  • 61
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • November 30
    fall application deadline
  • 35%
    acceptance rate
  • 4 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered


Career-focused Music Industry Administration Master's Degree Program in the Los Angeles Area

The California State University Northridge (CSUN) Master of Arts (M.A.) in Music Industry Administration degree program is career-focused, convenient, and well-placed -- located just 30 minutes from Hollywood.

The program is designed to prepare students for careers in producing, distributing, and promoting music. Graduates are prepared to work in music business administration; marketing or licensing music; promoting and publicizing music; presenting live performances as talent agent, concert promoter, concert producer, tour manager; or assisting performers with their careers.

Geared Toward Music Industry Professionals

The CSUN Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration degree program encourages applicants with at least bachelor's degrees in music, the music industry, or related business fields. Applicants should also have 3 years full-time employment within the music or entertainment industry or related business. There is no performance requirement for admission.

Sensitive to the needs of mid-career professionals, classes for the 33-unit program are offered on evenings and weekends. The degree can be completed in 21 months.

Relevant Music Industry Curriculum

The coursework of the music industry administration program encompasses a variety of entertainment and music industry-related subjects.

Classes include entertainment business law, current trends in the music industry, music publishing and copyright administration, and entrepreneurship in the music industry. Also of interest is the class on music industry developments, which examines the present and the future of the music industry, examining issues related to copyright, legal/illegal downloading, file sharing, emerging sales models, traditional and digital distribution, technology, and globalization's effect on music consumption.

Interdisciplinary Coursework in Business Administration

The music industry administration curriculum also includes interdisciplinary coursework in management subjects found in a more traditional Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program. Students explore relevant subjects such as organizational behavior, analysis of contemporary organization, and marketing management.

The financial and managerial accounting class covers topics of relevance to the music industry, such as music industry income and royalty streams (performance, mechanical, synchronization, copyright), licensor/licensee accounting, inventory, tax issues, and atypical accounting practices.

Comprehensive Culminating Exam

Students in the Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration degree program must demonstrate mastery of their studies by taking multi-day comprehensive examinations. The exam, graded on a pass/fail basis, is overseen by the Instructor of Record, a faculty representative from at least one of the program courses administered by the CSUN Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, and a faculty representative from at least one of the program courses administered by the College of Business and Economics.

Expertise in Music Publishing

Faculty members for the M.A. in Music Industry Administration degree program come from the CSUN arts, media, and communication faculty, as well as music industry leaders in the Los Angeles area.

Andrew Surmani, Assistant Professor of Music, serves as the academic lead for the program. He worked for more than 25 years in the print music publishing industry, most notably for Alfred Music, as Chief Marketing Officer overseeing global sales and marketing operations. Professor Surmani also works as a freelance musician, and has performed in the concert halls of Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, Fumon Hall in Tokyo, and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles. He has also published articles in educational and music industry journals, and has conducted workshops on music education and industry topics throughout the world.

Expertise in Production

Carey Christensen, Professor of Music, was critical in establishing the M.A. in Music Industry Administration degree program and worked for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. for 8 years. Originally, he served as a producer of Los Angeles-area special events, responsible for educational and professional development event programming featuring major music industry personalities such as Quincy Jones, Jimmy Jam, Janet Jackson, John Williams, and Randy Newman. As a double-bass instrumentalist, Professor Christensen has performed and/or recorded with prominent musicians such as Neil Sedaka and Ben Harper.

Expertise in Music Law

Attorney Steven Winogradsky is a partner in the law firm Winogradsky/Sobel in Studio City, California, which provides global media and music business affairs and legal support for composers, songwriters, music publishers, recording artists and television, film, video and multi-media producers. The company handles music clearance and licensing in all media. He is the author of the book "Music Publishing: The Complete Guide."

California State University, Northridge

Established in 1958, California State University, Northridge is committed to helping students achieve their educational and professional goals. Its rigorous and cutting-edge curricula ensure that students with diverse backgrounds, academic needs, and career goals receive superior education at state-university costs. It offers nearly 36,000 students 64 bachelor's, 58 master's, and 2 doctoral programs as well as 55 teaching credential programs.

Cal State Northridge's campus is situated on 356-acres in Northridge, California.

Location & Contact

Department of Music

College of Arts, Media, and Communication
California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330
United States

Dr. Elizabeth Sellers


Phone: 816-677-4752

Julia Heinen

Graduate Advisor

Phone: 818-677-3168

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Music Education Master of Arts (MA)
    • Conducting Master of Music (MM)
    • Performance Master of Music (MM)
    • Composition Master of Music (MM)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 17
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


35% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 92
    • Accepted 33
    • Acceptance Rate 35
    • Enrolled 22
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline November 30th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesaudition, GRE General Test or minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsMarch 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students61
    • Female Percentage64%
    • Male Percentage36%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students61
    • Part-time Percentage52%
    • Full-time Percentage48%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino18%
    • Black / African American6%
    • White / Caucasian61%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown7%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty69
    • Full-time Percentage32%
    • Part-time Percentage68%
    • Female Percentage30%
    • Male Percentage70%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchTouring program
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported




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