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.


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 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

  • MBUS 4100
  • MBUS 5100
  • 15 hours of electives

 Non-Business Majors

  • MBUS 4100
  • MBUS 5100
  • MBUS 3000
  • ACCT 1160
  • 9 hours of electives


How to Apply

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.

Application Periods

Application Opens Oct. 1 
Application Deadline Nov. 1
Application Open Feb. 1 
Application Deadline Mar. 31 


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


Departments and Program Offices

Music Business Program Office

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