In today’s fast changing, multi-billion dollar international music and entertainment industries, there are more record labels, publishers, media companies, distributors, retailers, and product manufacturers actively promoting the sale and use of music than ever before. As the market for music shifts away from physical products and traditional methods to digital online and mobile, a greater number of competent, highly-skilled executives and entrepreneurs will be needed to meet the specialized demands of the new music industry.  Since 1964, the Music Business and Entertainment Industries program has been at the forefront of music business education.  The MBEI program has been carefully designed to prepare qualified music business students for these emerging opportunities.

Our graduate program, where students earn a Master of Music, focuses primarily on music business courses, with the opportunity to pursue additional coursework in both the School of Business and School of Communications.  We also offer the only joint degree Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Music in Music Business and Entertainment Industries (M.M.). For more information, please visit the website for the Music Business program.

Admission Requirements

Applying to UOnline

How to Submit Your Application

When you decide to pursue a degree with UOnline, you’ll have a dedicated enrollment advisor to guide you through the application process. Follow the steps outlined below and contact your enrollment advisor with any questions.

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    Upload the following required documents in the upload section:

    Unofficial Transcript: Submit a copy of your transcript from all academic institutions attended.

    Test Scores: Depending on the program you choose, you may need to submit graduate exam results. GRE and GMAT waivers are available for qualified applicants.

    Résumé: Submit your most recent résumé that appropriately illustrates your professional experience.

    Personal Statement: Submit a one-page personal statement addressing your interest in the program concerning your professional background and career aspirations.

    Language Proficiency: International students who do not hold an undergraduate U.S. degree must submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. For more information, please see the Student Handbook.


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If you are accepted to study online with the University of Miami, you have 24 hours to accept your offer and can then start your online student readiness orientation. 

Curriculum Requirements

Major Area
MMI 673Music Publishing3
MMI 750Music Business Agreements3
or MMI 738 Legal Aspects of the Live Entertainment Industry
MMI 752Music Licensing3
MMI 774Music Copyright Law3
Select 9 credit hours of approved Graduate Course Electives9
Approved MMI Electives6
Final Project
Choose from:3
Music Business Internship
MMI Elective
Cumulative Exit Exam
Total Credit Hours30

Plan of Study 

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
MMI 774 Music Copyright Law 3
MMI 673 Music Publishing 3
MMI 738 Legal Aspects of the Live Entertainment Industry (or approved graduate course elective) 3
 Credit Hours9
MMI 752 Music Licensing 3
MMI 750 Music Business Agreements (or MMI elective) 3
Approved Graduate Course Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
Year Two
MMI Elective 3
MMI Elective 3
Approved Graduate Course Elective 3
 Credit Hours9
MMI 802 Music Business Internship (or MMI Elective) 3
 Credit Hours3
 Total Credit Hours30

* This is a suggested Plan of Study.  Your actual course sequence may vary depending on your previous academic experience as well as current course offerings.  Students should meet with their academic advisor each semester to determine the appropriate course selection.


The mission of the Music Business and Entertainment Industries Program is to prepare students for careers in the music business profession, specifically in the areas involving music publishing, the record business, music distribution, music copyright and music licensing. This is accomplished through courses focused on these topics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the music publishing industry, including music licensing, royalties, publishing agreements, and how a song catalog is commercially exploited.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of the recorded music industry, including how content is created, distributed, and marketed, and how recording agreements are structured.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the fundamentals of music copyright and music licensing, including how it applies to musical works and sound recordings, copyright infringement, the length of copyright protection, and international treatment of music copyrights.