Graduate Certificate Summary
DescriptionThe School of Music offers both a Masters of Music (MM) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in performance. To enhance these two degree programs, the School of Music and College of Business Administration offer a Music Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate. This program will add to existing degrees by helping students explore the wide range of employment opportunities in the industry and to learn how to learn how to market their musical skills and teaching abilities.
In an increasingly evolving music industry, students can benefit from a graduate certificate that encourages them to think entrepreneurially as they earn their music degrees. This program will serve the community in two ways: by providing continued education for individuals, as well as development of new or unique services or opportunities in the arts. Some may want to market themselves as soloists or chamber musicians. Others may want to learn how to begin their own teaching studios. Regardless of the specific venture, students will learn how to plan, implement, and successfully launch a new business venture.
The certificate program also includes a capstone experience, MUSC 894: Internship. In this course, students will gain hands-on experience in their chosen area of interest by being an apprentice to individuals and/or organizations engaged in similar entrepreneurial goals. Students will apply skills and ideas studied in prior classes in actual fieldwork.
- This graduate certificate is offered by the School of Music and the College of Business Administration.
- On the WebDepartment Website
- Department Graduate ChairDr. Glenn Nierman
School of Music
- Department Graduate ChairDr. Ravi Sohi
College of Business Administration
- Certificate AdvisorDr. Ann Chang
School of Music
- Admissions CoordinatorMs. Janet Sievert
School of Music
Application Checklist and Deadlines
Required by the Office of Graduate Studies
- Application for Graduate Admission for a graduate certificate objective
- $50 non-refundable application processing fee
- One set of transcripts, uploaded to MyRED (see upload requirements)
- If your native language is not English: verification of English proficiency
- If you are not a US citizen and you hold an F1 visa: concurrent admission to a degree program, because a certificate alone is not sufficient for F1 status
See also: steps to admission.
Required by the Department for this CertificateThis certificate program is open to any student who is eligible to take graduate-level courses at UNL. Starred (*) requirements are waived for current master's or doctoral students already in degree programs in the School of Music.
- Undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Evidence of experience in the arts
- Evidence of fit between the applicant's goals and interests and the program's ability to address those goals and interests
- Two recommendation letters from persons who provide a comprehensive assessment of the applicant's character and promise as a graduate student*
- Interview with the Director of the Music Entrepreneurship Program*
Application DeadlineFall: September 1; Spring: December 1
CoursesThe following courses are not a part of the regular Masters of Music program, but could be used as electives in some Masters or Doctoral Programs in music. All courses in the program will be offered each fall and spring semester during the academic year, with the business courses (ENTR) being offered in the summer term as well.
CoursesMUSC 898: Special Topics in Music (Entrepreneurship) (3 credits)
ENTR 821: Entrepreneurship and Venture Management (3 credits)
ENTR 822: Small Business Management (3 credits)
MUSC 894: Internship
More Course InformationThe Graduate Bulletin provides course descriptions, prerequisites, degree program requirements, and more.
The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors when this course is offered.
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