The MMIL is an intensive one-year program designed for those who want to manage the next generation of music companies. Graduates are positioned for creative, entrepreneurial, and management roles that address emerging issues in the music industry.

Engaged with the Industry—and
the World

Leveraging Northeastern’s excellence in global experiential learning, our program allows students to study in Boston and gain real-world experience in New York, Nashville, Los Angeles–and other music capitals across the world.

Expert Faculty

With real-world research and professional experience with the issues facing today’s music industry, our exceptional faculty bring fresh insight and innovation to their teaching.

Options

Students shape their own curriculum to meet personal and professional aspirations in one of four concentrations: practice, entrepreneurship, professional, and research. We also offer a joint JD/Music Industry Leadership program in partnership with the Northeastern University School of Law.

The Master of Music Industry Leadership program focuses on the core scholarly areas of music industry leadership. Students specialize in one of four concentrations: entrepreneurship, professional, research and practice. Core courses focus on fundamental issues associated with music leadership theory and practice. Elective courses allow students to focus on particular music leadership and management issues, attaining a degree of specialization. This approach focuses on the creation of long-term skills that enhance the potential of graduates within a fluid and ever-changing field.

A minimum of 32 semester hours and nine courses (not including the intensive reporting seminar), with a grade-point average of 3.000 are required for graduation. Each option is designed to highlight a student’s strength and longer-term goals. Consultation with the graduate coordinator prior to degree commencement is required to establish a student’s ideal concentration.

Practice Concentration

The practice concentration is designed for those interested in gaining real-world experiences in the music industry. Students have an opportunity to gain professional experience in the work place with internationally recognized organizations.

Curriculum

The practice concentration consists of five core courses, four to six music industry electives and two to four business courses. Students take eleven semester hours of electives from a wide array of courses offered by Music Department. A further six semester hours of courses are taken at the renowned D’Amore – McKim School of Business. A co-op concludes the requirements for this concentration.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Electives (Business) 1-6
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Electives (Business) 1-6
Fall Co-op 0

Professional Concentration

The professional concentration is designed for those interested in developing high-level training in music management that eventuates in leading music organizations. Graduate students with several years of work experience are encouraged to apply to this program.

Curriculum

The professional concentration consists of five core courses, four to six music industry electives and two to four business courses. Students take eleven semester hours of electives from a wide array of courses offered by Music Department. A further six semester hours of courses are taken at the renowned D’Amore–McKim School of Business.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Electives (Business) 1-6
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Electives (Business) 1-6

Research Concentration

The research concentration is designed for those who are interested in careers as entertainment analysts or music industry educators.

Curriculum

The research concentration curriculum consists of five core courses, four to six Music Industry electives, and between two and four business courses. Students complete an original thesis that examines a critical issue in the music industry, often combining qualitative and quantitative research under the supervision of one faculty member and approved by a faculty committee.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Thesis 8
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Thesis Continuation 0
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-11
Thesis Continuation 0

Entrepreneurship Concentration

The entrepreneurship concentration is designed for those interested in developing new ventures in the music industry. Course work in this concentration focuses on global leadership capabilities that emphasize entrepreneurship and business development capabilities. This program acts as a “global meeting place” where executives and students share prescriptive best practices that benefit all.

Curriculum

The entrepreneurship concentration consists of five core courses, four to six music industry electives, and two to four business courses taken at the renowned D’Amore – McKim School of Business. A capstone project concludes the requirements for this concentration. Students select a capstone project within their area of expertise such as developing the market entry strategy of a new music website, identifying channels to market a new musical act, develop a functional business plan for a small music company, etc.

Program schedule

Semester Course Name Credits
Fall Management of Music Organizations 3
Music Industry Research Methodology 3
Intellectual Property for Music Management 3
Spring Marketing Strategies in the Music Industry 3
Financial Management in the Music Industry 3
Electives (Business) 1-6
Capstone Project 7
Summer 1 Electives (Music Industry) 1-7
Summer 2 Electives (Music Industry) 1-7
Electives (Business) 1-6

The Master of Music Industry Leadership program welcomes applications from motivated individuals whose previous education and other accomplishments show potential for leadership and creative problem solving. Candidates come from diverse fields, including music (B. Mus, B.A. or B.S.) communication studies, business, media studies and other liberal arts programs.

Priority Application Deadline

  • February 1 for the following fall semester

Rolling admission is available after the priority deadlines. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis.

All application materials must be sent electronically via Northeastern University Graduate Studies (hyperlink: https://app.applyyourself.com/AYApplicantLogin/fl_ApplicantConnectLogin.asp?id=neu-grad ) portal by the deadline date for priority consideration.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to use the online application (hyperlink). The application fee and supporting documents can be submitted online with the application form.

A complete MS in Music Industry Leadership application includes:

  • Application (hyperlink to applyyourself)
  • Application fee
  • Official Transcripts from every college or university previously attended
  • A statement of purpose – an explanation of your interest and preparation for graduate work in music industry leadership.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • Three academic and/or professional letters of recommendation

We do NOT require a GRE score

International Applicants

Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit proof of English proficiency. Satisfactory proof of proficiency includes one of the following:

  1. A minimum score of 100 (Internet-based) or 250 (computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  2. A minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language testing System (IETLS)
  3. Proof of a minimum of four years of study and an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree from an institution where the medium of instruction is English

Financial Aid

Full-time students are eligible for consideration for financial aid. We offer two types of financial aid:

  1. Merit-based Scholarships are available to those who meet the February 1 priority application deadline.
  2. Assistantships are offered to accepted students based on demand and qualifications.

For more information about admissions to the Master of Music Industry program please visit the Graduate Admissions website.

This dual-degree track takes advantage of Northeastern’s unique and dynamic co-op program, which provides students with four opportunities for real-world, experiential learning at the intersection of law and music business. Over the course of 45 months, the program enrolls students successively in the university’s School of Law and College of Arts, Media and Design. JD/MS candidates must complete the first and last years of the program in the School of Law. The year of music industry courses in the College of Arts, Media and Design may be taken during either the second or third year.

Program Sequence

Year One Year Two
Fall Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
Traditional First-Year Law Curriculum Law Co-op Music Industry Courses
Year Three Year Four
Summer Fall Winter Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring
Music Industry Courses Law School Courses Law Co-op Law School Courses Law Co-op Law School Courses Law Co-op Law School Courses

Admission

Candidates for the JD/MS program must independently apply and gain admission to the School of Law and the College of Arts, Media and Design. Admission to one school does not ensure admission to the other. Candidates may apply to both schools prior to matriculation at the law school, or students may wait until they are enrolled in the School of Law before seeking admission to the College of Arts, Media and Design. During either the first or second year of law school, students may apply to the MS program during the winter or spring for enrollment the following September.

Overall Learning Outcomes

  1. Students should be able to integrate and synthesize leadership theory and practice, management theory and practice, music organization development, music organization financial management, and intellectual property management to be informed and efficient managers in the music industry; and
  2. Students should be able to apply and synthesize theories and practice from divergent disciplines to the music industry.

Leadership Theory and Practice

Students should be able to:

  1. apply core fundamentals of leadership theory and practice applied to the music industry;
  2. integrate leadership theories and practices as evidenced in literature reviews, empirical research studies, conceptual models, and case studies within the music industry; and
  3. apply leadership theories and practices to the music industry directly via the creation of music organizations.

Management Theory and Practice

Students should be able to:

  1. describe various models for the organization, operation and sustaining of music organizations;
  2. examine management practices within a wide variety of music and entertainment organizations; and
  3. apply learned managerial theories through organization creation, simulations and group presentations.

Music Organization Development

Students should be able to:

  1. describe how a music organization is structured and operated;
  2. explain the core legal and fiduciary requirements for a music organization relative to ensuring necessary resources; and
  3. write essential organizational documentation such as articles of incorporation, bylaws and business plans.

Music Organization Financial Management

Students should be able to:

  1. identify the core concepts of accounting for a music organization; and
  2. integrate the dynamics of establishing a system for financial management including, but not limited to, a chart of accounts, financial statements, risk policy, and internal control policy.

Intellectual Property Management

Students should be able to:

  1. explain the core concepts of copyright, trademark and patent law associated with music organizations;
  2. describe the management of intellectual property within music organizations; and
  3. apply intellectual property theory to the monetization and protection of musical compositions.