The Music Business Program is geared towards those aspiring to be leaders in the music industry. Students get the chance to learn from key industry experts, including artists and managers, while gaining hands-on experience from coordinating and marketing events, producing content, managing artists, and operating labels.

Applications for Fall 2016 will open on Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 1. We will have another application period between Feb. 1 and March 1, 2016. We will no longer be offering rolling admission, so please make sure you get your application in during one of these periods.

The application period is currently closed.

Admissions + Eligibility

The Music Business Certificate Program is open to all UGA undergraduate majors who have at least 60 undergraduate credit hours and a minimum overall GPA of 2.8. Acceptance to the program is at the discretion of the director. Only 100 applicants are admitted each year. The certificate takes 21 hours to complete and is typically fulfilled within 2 years.


The certificate program curriculum is designed around fundamental business skills and specialized competencies. Courses are taught by program director David Barbe, associate director Tom Lewis, and lecturer David Lowery. Courses are often supplemented with guest lecturers from the music industry.

Twenty-one hours of approved of coursework is required to complete the Music Business Certificate. Required courses vary depending on your major.

A grade of C- (2.30) or better is required for MBUS prefix courses, to obtain the certificate. 

Business Majors

Non-Business Majors

Job Placement

Students participate in internships as part of their required coursework for the program. This gives them the potential to be recruited to full-time positions in various sectors of the music industry. Students have joined or gained experience from notable organizations like:

  • New West Records
  • Live Nation
  • BMG Chrysalis
  • Thirty Tigers
  • ATO Records
  • Red Light Management
  • Warner Music Group
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • 40 Watt Club
  • The Atlanta Symphony
  • Chase Park Transduction Studios
  • Georgia Theatre