Graduate Application Guide

Music Business: Concentration in Music Technology (MUBG:TTT-MA)

Take business courses at the NYU Stern School of Business, study with industry leaders, and learn the necessary skills to thrive in a fast-paced industry. This master of arts program with a concentration in music technology will develop your knowledge of audio for games and other interactive applications, sound design in digital music, and other emerging platforms. A degree option for Music Business without a concentration in Music Technology is also available. 

Academic Plan Code: MUBG

Academic Sub-Plan Code: TTT

Degree: MA

Credits: 51

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A
Summer: N/A
Fall: January 6 (early decision only), February 1 (regular decision)

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

Prerequisites to study include a course in statistics or quantitative methods prior to coming in to the program. Alternatively, the statistics requirements may be fulfilled while in the program, and you will graduate with 54 points instead of 51. 

Admission to this program is very competitive, and your application must be completed and received by the appropriate deadline.

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

Not required.

Music Business Essay

This requirement is for Fall 2017 applicants. New requirements and the essay topic will change for future semesters. The new requirements are typically posted at the end of August, so please be sure back if you plan to apply for a future semester.

Write a topical, 1000-word (not including bibliography) essay, typed and double-spaced. A bibliography of all your research is required. Be sure to cite all sources used in the essay.

Competition among digital music services has escalated as streaming music has gained traction with music fans, and gained market share from paid downloads. In the recent past, an artist would release an album on all formats and territories on the day of release.  Physical and digital retailers and their customers and on-demand streaming services and their subscribers all had access to the same repertoire on the same day.  This year, Beyoncé released 'Lemonade' through an exclusive, 24 hour tie-up with Tidal before making her new record available for downloading on iTunes and Amazon.  Identify and compare three other recent, exclusive release campaigns.  Explain how exclusive windows of release give the streaming service a competitive advantage.  Describe how an artist can benefit from exclusive windows of release.  Explain whether or not this release strategy benefits artists, labels, digital music services and music fans in the short term and the long term.

Personal Data Outline

Please provide this data in a narrative form, single-spaced, not to exceed 4 pages total.

A. Professional Overview: What are your goals in this field? Other than studying at NYU, outline at least three steps you plan to take to reach those goals. Why do you wish to study in this field at the graduate level?

B. Self-Appraisal: What major assets do you present to support your selection for training in this program? What are your present weaknesses and limitations? In what ways do you think NYU may help you? What other steps have you taken or do you plan to take to improve yourself academically, vocationally, personally, or otherwise?

C. Research Ideas: Cite several current business topics related to the present state of any sector(s) of the music industry. Select one topic and suggest how you would research it on the graduate level.

D. For the concentration in Music Technology, please include the following:

  • A description of your academic and/or professional experience in music and business/database technology
  • A list of the music and business and database technology tools you are familiar with, both hardware and software, and links to samples of your work if available
  • How this concentration will further your career goals

Letters of Recommendation

Submit two letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.

These letters should attest to your strengths, weaknesses, and potential to succeed in a rigorous academic program, and your potential for management.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English


2. Apply


Start your application now

After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

If you are applying for early decision, select the early decision option on the online application. 

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.