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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 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 record label executive and promotions, artist manager, social media and streaming analytics manager, music publisher and administrator, playlist curator, venue manager, talent buyer, entertainment attorney, just to name a few.

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 applications 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 = (inclusive 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 the 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
Major Requirements 48 hours*
     Recording Industry Core    18 hours
     Recording Industry Sub Core    12 hours
     Music Business Electives    18 hours
Minor 15-18 hours
Major Support Requirements 6 hours*
Computer Literacy Requirement 3 hours
Electives 4-10 hours
TOTAL 120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

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.

The following courses required by the program meet General Education requirements:

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)

Major Support Requirements (6 hours)

Minor (15-18 hours)

Electives (4-10 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 Commercial Songwriting concentration or Audio Production.

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. 

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 Amy  Macy. 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


Subtotal: 31 Hours


Subtotal: 28 Hours

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