• Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

Master of Arts in Music Industry Administration

The Master of Arts degree in Music Industry Administration is an interdisciplinary professional program for students desiring an advanced degree in Music Industry Studies or Music Business. The mission of the program is to prepare students for professional growth by integrating up-to-date knowledge of the Music Industry’s varied facets with the students’ own career-related experiences. The program emphasizes analytical thinking, clear written and oral communication skills, the practice of ethical decision-making and a global perspective. A spirit of collegiality among the students, faculty, and members of the Hollywood/Los Angeles Music Industry community is fostered through social and professional interactions. 

Designed to be accessible to the fully employed student and mid-career professional, the average course load for the major is 6 units per semester. With few exceptions, graduate courses are typically scheduled on nights and weekends. Program curriculum is drawn from the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication and the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, and administered as a self-supported program by the Tseng College of Extended Learning.

To view a full list of entrance requirements or apply to the program, please visit the Program Requirements page

Contact Information

For more information on academic questions, qualification questions, curriculum or faculty questions, course or program content questions, book questions, etc., please contact:

Andrew Surmani, Associate Professor, Music Industry Studies and Academic Lead for the MIA program

For more information on administrative issues, application, tuition and fee questions, program schedule questions, financial aid, etc. , please contact:

Jesse Knepper, Program Manager, Graduate & Professional Education



California State University, Northridge is a proud institutional member of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA)