Music Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificate Program Summary

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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.

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This graduate certificate is offered by the School of Music and the College of Business Administration.

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


Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by the department for this certificate

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

More course information

The Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin 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.

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