Sep 26, 2023  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Recording Industry, Music Business Concentration, B.S.

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Recording Industry  
Amy Macy, program coordinator

The Music Business concentration offers instruction designed for students who are interested in careers in the music industry such as A & R representative, marketing representative, music editor, regional promotions manager, song plugger, staff publicist, studio manager, or talent representative.

Admission to Candidacy

All students are required to be admitted to candidacy to earn a degree as a Recording Industry major. Candidacy is required as a prerequisite to enrollment in most upper-division courses within the college. When applying to candidacy, students choose their concentration: Commercial Songwriting or Music Business.

To apply for candidacy, a student must have

  1. completed all learning support requirements;
  2. completed all high school deficiencies;
  3. completed 24 hours (not to include learning support courses);
  4. completed the math requirement (College Algebra or higher level math) with a minimum 2.00 (C) grade;
  5. completed all candidacy courses with a minimum 2.00 (C) grade in each: JOUR 1020 /EMC 1020 /RIM 1020 ; RIM 3000 ; RIM 3010  or RIM 3011 *; RIM 3600 );
  6. maintained good standing (not on probation).

*NOTE: RIM 3010 is required for Audio Production students and to take many Audio Production related electives

Students in the Music Business concentration are guaranteed admission to candidacy if they earn a Candidacy Formula score of 35.5 or better. A limited number of additional candidacy slots will be open based on availability. Candidacy will be granted three times per year-after the fall and spring semesters and summer term. Students may not take other RIM courses beyond the candidacy requirements, with the exception of RIM 1230 and RIM 3650, until they have successfully completed admission to candidacy.

The application for admission to candidacy is an online application available here. Applications should be submitted by students during the semester in which they will have completed the above requirements. The deadline for candidacy application is near the end of each semester and is announced via email each semester.

Candidacy Formula

Each student’s candidacy score is derived from the following:

Score = (cumulative GPA x 3) + (math grade x 3) + (candidacy course GPA x 4) + (total hours x .05).

Candidacy Appeals

A few of any available slots in each concentration will be awarded based on a faculty committee recommendation on an appeal application. Appeal applications will be accepted after formula slots have been announced early in the Fall and Spring Semester and Summer Term. Appeal recommendations will be based on exceptional circumstances and/or exceptional talent and/or diversity considerations.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Recording Industry, Music Business, B.S., Academic Map   

Degree Requirements

General Education (41 hours)

General Education  requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

Major Requirements (48 hours)

Music Business Electives (18 hours)

Choose 18 credit hours from the following:

Up to 3 hours (of the 18) may be chosen from

Computer Literacy Requirement (3 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (7-10 hours)


*No more than 6 hours total are allowed toward the major from any combination of RIM 3580 , RIM 4000 , or RIM 4010 .

Music Business concentration students may take up to 9 semester hours of their electives from the other concentrations in Recording Industry.

All Music Business concentration students must complete one course (three hours) of accounting. This requirement may be met with ACTG 2110 , ACTG 2120 , or ACTG 3000 . This requirement may be included within the minor requirement. 

Total hours in program: 120

Music Business M.B.A. Fast Track

This program is designed to allow students in the Music Business concentration to obtain all prerequisites for entrance into the M.B.A. program. Careful planning of undergraduate and graduate course selection is required. For details on this plan of study, consult Beverly Keel. For M.B.A. admission requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog or Kim Sokoya, M.B.A. advisor. 

Curriculum: Recording Industry, Music Business Concentration

Curricular listings include General Education  requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Students should see their advisors to develop their individual schedules. Certain prerequisites and sequences in particular major concentrations and minor require special attention.


Subtotal: 30 Hours


Subtotal: 31 Hours


  • 3 credit hours
  • RIM MB elective 12 credit hours
  • Minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 28 Hours

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