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Music Business Certificate



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.

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How to Apply

  • The application periods are Oct. 1 - Nov. 1 for the Fall and Feb. 1 - March 31 for the Spring.
  • Application is only open to current UGA students. Login with your UGA MyID.
  • Prior enrollment in an MBUS elective(s) does not impact program admittance.
  • Ensure your application is correct before submitting. You will not be able to go back and edit.

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 an admissions committee made up of MBUS faculty and staff. Only 100 applicants are admitted each year. The certificate requires 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, Professor David Lowery, and lecturer Andrew Rieger. Courses are often supplemented with guest lecturers from the music industry.

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

A grade of C- or higher is required for each course from the 21 hours of coursework in order to obtain the certificate.

Business Majors

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Non-Business Majors

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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
  • Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
  • William Morris Endeavor (WME)
  • ATO Records
  • Red Light Management 
  • Warner Music Group
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • 40 Watt Club
  • The Atlanta Symphony
  • Chase Park Transduction Studios
  • Georgia Theatre

Corporate Sponsorships

By financially supporting the Music Business Program, you can be a part of a transformational change that MBUS offers future generations of music business leaders.

Current Sponsors

$25,000 Level

$15,000 Level

$10,000 Level

  • Georgia Theatre