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Lead the Global Music Marketplace

MA in Music Business

Prepare for leadership roles in today's rapidly evolving global marketplace of pop and commercial music with NYU Steinhardt's MA in Music Business.

You'll gain a foundation in defining, critiquing, and evaluating the structure and operation of the music business, and learn how to devise organizational objectives, make strategy decisions, and propose changes and innovations to take the industry forward. Acquire competencies in financial and market development, legal and global considerations, and research methodologies.

Named one of the Top Music Business Schools for 2020 by Billboard Magazine.


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Why This Program Is Right For You

  • Learn from a faculty of industry leaders
  • Take cross-disciplinary coursework, including at the NYU Stern School of Business
  • Tailor your degree with electives in areas such as concert management, promotions, and strategic marketing
  • Optional concentration in Music Technology
  • Intern at prestigious NYC companies; approximately 40% of graduating students are offered jobs based on an internship


Prepare for leadership roles in today's global music marketplace, including at independent and major record labels, publishing companies, artist management firms, music television, music magazines, concert management agencies, and performance venues.


As a second year graduate student studying in the age of COVID-19, Noreen Goldberg shows us a day in her life. She shares productivity and mental wellness tips for virtual learners as she prepares for two of her courses; Music, Innovation, and Social Change followed by Strategic Marketing in the Music Industry. This working-student captures our new normal.

Equity and Belonging at NYU Steinhardt

Our community of students brings a spectrum of identities, experiences, and viewpoints. We strive to create a supportive learning environment that provides opportunity for all, where everyone can thrive by seeing the world through many perspectives, regardless of race and ethnicity, nationality, class, sex, gender identity and expression, ability, faith/belief, sexual orientation, and age.

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Financial Aid

Our goal is to make Steinhardt an option for everyone, including underrepresented populations, international students, and people with special challenges on their path to graduate education. Your financial aid picture may include our many scholarship opportunities, federal aid, private loans, and more.

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Please note that our photos were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic. We take the safety of our community very seriously, and our current precautions for in-person activities include required mask use, social distancing, and regular testing.