Music Business

Gain the knowledge to tackle the rapidly evolving music industry.

This program is perfect for...

  • Aspiring music industry executives, producers, managers, songwriters and publishers
  • Music industry professionals seeking to expand their knowledge
  • Musicians
  • Individuals interested in the business side of the music industry

What you can learn.

  • Understand and apply the functions of the A&R professional
  • Learn the key elements of music production
  • Acquire management skills for touring and artist management
  • Gain experience in marketing, publishing and legal issues

Learn the fundamentals of a dynamic industry.

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The UCLA Extension Music Business Certificate program serves both aspiring and established music industry executives, artists, producers, managers, songwriters, and publishers seeking up-to-date information in the areas of A&R, touring, marketing, legal issues, publishing and artist management.

Courses are taught by industry experts who combine the latest in music industry trends with real-world experience. Most courses are offered in the evenings to accommodate busy professionals.

Duration: 1 year (full-time pace) to 3 years
Unit Requirement: 40
GPA Requirement: minimum 3.0 for certificate completion


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BMI proudly supports UCLA Extension's Music Business Certificate Program.


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
MUSC X 446.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 448.86
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 448.35
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 447.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
Select 1 marketing course from the list below.
MUSC X 448.80
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 451
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
Select 1 publishing course from the list below.
MUSC X 448.17
Typically Offered: Fall
MUSC X 448.81
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring
Select 1 production course from the list below.
MUSC X 441.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 448.6
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
Elective Courses
Complete 3 electives (12 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Music. Below is a list of suggested electives. 
Suggested Electives
MUSC X 484.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 449.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 448.6
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 499
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

The program is open for enrollment in any quarter for both domestic and international students (F-1 student visa). 

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

An internship in the music industry can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 12 units of program curriculum (3 courses) before completing the application for approval to enroll in an internship.

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This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.

Acceptable tests and minimum scores

Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.

  • TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
  • IELTS: 6.5
  • iTEP: 4.5
  • CAE: B (CEFR C1)
  • CPE: C (CEFR C2)
  • TOEIC: 685
  • DUOLINGO (DET): 105

While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.

International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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