Music Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Glenn Korff 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 Glenn Korff 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.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.


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Department Graduate Chair
Dr. Peter Lefferts
Glenn Korff School of Music

Department Graduate Chair
Dr. Ravi Sohi
College of Business Administration

Certificate Advisor
Dr. Ann Chang
Glenn Korff School of Music

Admissions Coordinator
Ms. Janet Sievert
Glenn Korff School of Music

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

This 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*
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
Fall: September 1; Spring: December 1


These courses are offered each fall and spring term, with the business courses (ENTR) also offered in summer. Although these are not part of the regular Master of Music program, they may be used as electives in some master's or doctoral programs in Music.


  • MUSC 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

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Music.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.