Entertainment Business Degrees

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In this day and age, more and more audio schools are springing up left and right, and go by many names, so it can be a bit confusing when trying to narrow in on a college that’s right for you. Audio Engineering, Sound Engineering, Music Technology, Audio Production, Music Production, Recording Technology are, more or less, synonymous titles for degrees that focus on the craft of engineering, recording, mixing and mastering.

Audio engineers work on everything from recording bands, solo artists and rappers, to producing original compositions and scores for film, TV, podcasts, webisodes and more. They work in state of the art recording facilities and/or home studios and venues, where they capture audio in the best way possible and mix and master those recordings to come across as sonically correct as possible. With the advent and rise of affordable recording equipment, home studios have made audio production much easier to compete against the larger A-list studios, because of this, the vast majority of modern-day recording engineers work freelance and aren’t typically offered jobs upon graduation in music studios anymore…so this profession isn’t for the faint of heart…something to keep in mind. That being said, we’ll dive into the types of schools and credentials you’ll receive should you decide to venture into this artistic and fulfilling vacation…I mean, vocation–yer gonna work, bruh!

Degrees Awarded

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Classes and Prerequisites

The demands for each degree, certification and school varies, but most require similar recommended courses or prerequisites. Core classes will differ in name from school-to-school, however, they generally cover a similar spectrum of principles and practices. Below are a list of classes you will commonly need to take:

  • Business
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Web Design
  • Social Media
  • Four year schools typically make students fulfill general coursework in humanities, science, foreign language, English and mathematics

Salary Info

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 report for Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes, there were 13,230 jobs. Of those VERY hard-to-come-by jobs, the median annual income was $62,940 while the top 90% raked in around $187K…

Possible Careers

  • A&R Manager
  • Band, Artist, Actor, TV Personality and Athlete Manager
  • Business Executive
  • Marketer
  • Promoter


Here are the main schools in the US offering degrees in the Entertainment Business course of study:

Full Sail University

Full Sail University, offers a couple of handy choices in knocking out this degree.

  1. Full Sail offers two degrees in Entertainment Business, one at the undergraduate level and another at the graduate. Without further ado..
    • Bachelor of Science requirements:
      • 20 Months on Campus
      • 32 Months Online
      • English Composition, Professional Writing, Science, Psychology and other core courses
      • Business Management, Business Law, Marketing, Data Analysis
      • Entrepreneurship , Accounting, Professional Selling
      • Project and Portfolio: Entertainment Business
    • Master of Science in Entertainment Business requirements:
      • 12 months online or on campus
      • Personal Development and Leadership, Executive Leadership, Project and Team Management
      • Team Management
      • Brand Storytelling/Brand Development, Digital Marketing
      • Negotiations and Deal making
      • Product and Artist Management
      • Advanced Entertainment Law
      • Media Publishing and Distribution
      • Business Plan Development
Tuition & Fees:

Since Full Sail is a private school, you can expect to pay premium prices. However, as the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for”… They do offer something called the Momentum Scholarship, which allows “qualified online students to receive up to $20,000.” For the BS degrees, students can expect to cough up $56,000 by the time it’s all said and done, whereas Master’s degrees come out to $35,280.

University of Central Florida

A revered school with a reputation for producing high quality musicians and industry types. So yea, of course they have a Music Business degree, five of them, actually, if you want to get technical, available online and on campus, undergrad and grad. There are also three different tracks to choose from for the on campus Bachelor degree: Music Management; Music Marketing; Entrepreneurial:

  1. A neighbor to Full Sail, UCF grants one bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Business
    • Bachelor of Science requirements:
      • General education requirements, Math, Science, English, blah, blah, blah
      • Statistical Methods
      • Entertainment Management
      • Leading in the Entertainment Industry
      • Entertainment Law and Ethics
      • Entertainment Industry
      • Financial Performance in Entertainment
      • Entertainment Media and Technology
      • Consumer Behavior in Entertainment
      • Entertainment Arts and Events
      • Public Policy Issues in the Entertainment Industry
      • Entertainment Entrepreneurship
Tuition & Fees:

The degree is relatively inexpensive for Florida residents, damaging the wallet at a “mere” $7,642 per year. Non-residents can definitely expect to be punished, pretty sure that goes without saying, but I digress… So yea, anyway, drum roll, band-aid-rip-off moment, yer gonna be burning $29,960 dolla-dolla bills, per year, roughly, and it typically takes four years to complete, so yea…

The Los Angeles Film School

LA Film School or City of Angels School of Cinematic Arts…nah, nobody actually calls it that. Anyway, these people will set you on course to gaining a bachelor’s specializing in working business deals, crunching numbers and all that jazz behind the scenes people do.

  1. LA Film School grants a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment business both on campus and online:
    • On Campus
      • 32 months for freshmen and 18 months for Associate Degree holders to complete
      • The course of study will focus on key areas like Art of the Pitch, Brand Development, Creative Producing & Development and Artist Management
      • Other areas of study include Introduction to Entertainment Business, Global Business, Venture Capital and Finance, and studies in Psychology of Play, Professional Writing and other core courses
    • Online
      • 36 months of online study
      • Covers the same coursework as the on campus option
Tuition & Fees:

If you’ve read any of my other outlines about colleges that offer specialized programs in the arts, then it won’t be much of a surprise this school is also really expensive. The completion degree for those holding an Associate’s, is $30,000 while the regular, start-to-finish, BS in Entertainment Business costs $54,000 total.

American University

Jethro and Billy Bob can debate all they want–located in Washington, D.C. it don’t get no more American than this University, no how.

  1. Serving up a hearty BS in Business and Entertainment, grads of this program will be prepared to hit the job market swinging:
    • Bachelor of Science in Business and Entertainment requirements:
      • 120 credits with a GPA of 2.0 or better to complete
      • Core courses in Math, English, Writing, Science, etc.
      • Business, Economics, Finance, Marketing and Accounting classes
      • Courses in Social Media, Web and Social Networking
      • Representing Talent, Music Theory, Film and Production, Music History and Music Performance coursework
      • Accounting, Business, Marketing and Business Communication courses
      • Music Theory, Songwriting Techniques, DAW and recording classes
      • Concert Promotion and Training
      • Core courses in humanities, math and sciences are required
Tuition & Fees:

Since this is a private university, tuition is calculated at the same rate for everyone, regardless of residency. Yearly tuition for undergraduate students attending full time (12-17.5 credits) is $22,023…$88,000 total, give or take

Missouri State University

When I think of Missouri, the first thing that comes to mind are tornados, apparently the “good side of Kansas City,” and BBQ, courtesy of my homies/Missouri natives, Jake and Brighid (love you guys!). Just when I thought it offered nothing more, the “Show Me State,” did just that, it showed me this excellent bachelor’s degree program in entertainment. I’m done BS’ing (even though my initials would suggest otherwise, ayooooo!) Here’s the scoop, y’all:

  1. The Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management is setup to be completed in two ways; the 3-year track for people that either (a have no life or (b just want to finish ASAP and keep from paying for another year. Either way, it’s the same material…
    • Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Management requirements:
      • I won’t bore you with the deets…just know you’ll need to complete all your general ed requirements…slacker!
      • Finance, Accounting, Business Statistics, Managerial Accounting, Business Communications
      • Principles of Management, Financial Management, Managerial Cost Accounting, Principles of Marketing, Operations Management
      • Introduction to the Entertainment Industry, Designing, Managing and Evaluating Human Resources Management Programs, Business Enterprises, Rights/Liabilities
      • Venue Management, Entertainment and Services Marketing, Information Systems in Business, Internship in Management
      • Accounting, Business, Marketing and Business Communication courses
      • Music Theory, Songwriting Techniques, DAW and recording classes
      • Concert Promotion and Training
      • Core courses in humanities, math and sciences are required
Tuition & Fees:

It may come as a surprise that Missouri State doesn’t seem to be on a mission to gouge students. The YEARLY cost of tuition (not including books, fees or room and board) for in-state undergraduate students is $7,060 and out of state attendees can expect to pay barely double that at $14,110…


Disclaimer: As stated in other articles, this list isn’t definitive, but hopefully it gives you an idea of the type of schools out there and the courses/topics you’ll likely run across.