Music Industry Studies (BS)

Unlike other colleges, programs, and majors, our Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies degree is designed to immerse you in the world of the music industry from your very first semester. Our distinguished faculty of musicians, music producers, musician managers, venue owners, entertainment attorneys, and chart-topping songwriters will utilize their real-world experiences to help you master key industry concepts such as production, technology, recording, management, event production, marketing, publishing, distribution, and legal issues. 

With the flexibility of this degree, you can also easily add a business, design, or communications minor to your studies without having to complete additional coursework - creating even more opportunities to gain valuable skills and further your career goals.

At a Glance

  • Type of degree: Traditional, four-year undergraduate
  • Total credit hours: 120
  • Credit hours of music business courses: 32+
  • Credit hours of music technology courses: 9+
  • Credit hours of business courses: 12+
  • Credit hours of Loyola Core courses: 39
  • Industry internship required: Yes
View the 2017-2018 degree program course listing (DPCL)
Check out available tracks and electives for this program

Possible Career Paths

Today's music industry offers a host of exciting career possibilities.  Below, you'll find just a sample of the more popular paths for our graduates:

  • Artist Manager: Manage the financial and promotion aspects of an artist or act, working to identify work opportunities, manage public relations and marketing efforts, network with producers, booking agents, and talent buyers, and provide career advice and strategies.
  • Entertainment Attorney: Negotiate production and development contracts, distribution agreements, and financial agreements - all while serving as a trusted legal advisor to client musicians, actors, and other talent.
  • Music Producer: Supervise the entire production process for artist clients from preproduction to audio mastering, selecting session musicians, recommending improvements to lyrics and arrangements, and coaching artists to deliver the best studio performances.
  • Audio Engineer: Shape the sound of a client's song by using the latest recording technologies to ensure the best recording, editing, and mixing of client sessions.
  • Talent Buyer: Ensure venues or festivals draw fans and earn revenues by booking in-demand artists, acts, and bands for specified dates.  
  • Booking Agent: Identify touring opportunities and book local and national concerts and tours for client artists, ensuring riders are met by venues and proper compensation is promptly collected from other parties.
  • Festival Manager: Manage all logistics for executing a successful music festival: licensing, permitting, coordinating food, beverage, and merchandise vendors, marketing, advertising, ticketing, and artist relations.

Apply to this Program

Application requirements: In addition to general admission to Loyola University New Orleans, the Bachelor of Science in Music Industry Studies requires the following additional materials:

  • A completed College of Music and Fine Arts (CMFA) Supplemental Application
  • A portfolio showcasing your passion for music and any creative accomplishments
  • An informal interview with a department faculty member (either over-the-phone or in-person)
Apply to this program or view more information about these requirements