Music Industry

Bachelor of Science (BS)

On the USC Thornton Supplemental Application Section, applicants to the Music Industry program must include a Resume listing musical, professional and academic experience, as well as specific details of any music industry-related experiences. Common examples of such experience include internships, recording projects, promotions, or artistic management. Applicants are also required to submit a Statement of Purpose as to why they want to pursue a degree in the music industry.

Applicants are welcome to submit letters of recommendation from persons who might provide information specifically relevant to the applicant’s interest and preparation for a major in music industry.

Applicants to the Music Industry must submit an online portfolio via “SlideRoom” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 will be removed from consideration.

BS applicants must include the following items as part of Thornton’s SlideRoom Application:

  1. Resume detailing your educational, musical, professional, organizational or activity based background. Highlighting experience in the Liberal Arts and/or longevity in your personal passions; focusing on creativity, personal growth and leadership. Including, but not limited to any of the following areas: music, fine arts, literature, philosophy, drama, theology, dance, entertainment, media, management, business, student government, social causes, coaching, entrepreneurship, concert promotion, production or performance.
  2. Statement of Purpose (approx. 2 – 3 pages in length) that communicates your plans and goals related to the pursuit of this program. Why do you wish to pursue the BS in Music Industry at USC Thornton? How do you see this particular degree working together with your personal, academic or musical background and goals?
  3. A digital portfolio which should include the following 3 recordings:
    • A 1 – 2 minute video introduction describing your background and passion for music without using the word “passion” in your description.
    • A 1 – 2 minute video that addresses the following question: Descirbe the last time you took a risk. Was it the right decision? What would you have done differently?
    • A 1 – 2 minute video answering the following question: What do you imagine determines a person’s success in the Music Industry Program at USC Thornton?

Recordings will not be accepted via mail or email for this program. Recordings must be submitted online through the “Fall SlideRoom portal” by the December 1st deadline. Any application not complete by December 1 may be removed from consideration.

For instructions on how to access the SlideRoom portal to submit your recording click HERE

Optional: Music Industry applicants may submit additional supporting material through the Thornton SlideRoom Portal. Optional supporting material may include:

  • Examples of musical work which may include music performances, music productions, compositions or mixes, copies of music work, budgetary outlines, contracts, etc. (Max 3)
  • Letters of Recommendation for Thornton (in addition to the recommendation letters required by USC Admission submitted via the Common Application). Optional letters for Thornton should be from persons who might provide information specifically relevant to the applicant’s interest and preparation for a major in Music Industry.
    • NOTE: Any optional letters of recommendation an applicant wants reviewed by the Music Industry faculty must be submitted via the Thornton SlideRoom References form by December 1. Any recommendation sent via mail or email will not be reviewed by the Music Industry faculty. USC Admission will not review any letters of recommendation submitted through the Thornton SlideRoom References form. We cannot guarantee the review of any material received after December 1.

Please Note: An audition is NOT required of BS Music Industry applicants.

Important policies

Applicants to either program in Music Industry may not apply more than two times. If a student has applied and been denied twice to a Music Industry program (regardless of degree objective), no further applications will be reviewed.

Important note for spring

Undergraduate applications are not accepted for Spring admission to this program unless the applicant is already enrolled at USC.

 


 

Master of Science (MS)

Applications to the MS in Music Industry are accepted for fall semesters only.

Deadline: December 1

We are sometimes able to accept late applications if space in the program is still available. If you are interested in submitting a late application, please contact Thornton Admission to inquire. Late applications will not be accepted after May 1.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A demonstrated passion for music combined with an entrepreneurial spirit

Applicants must submit Thornton’s SlideRoom Application Form and USC’s application for Graduate Admission, along with other items.

MS applicants must include the following items as part of Thornton’s SlideRoom Application:

  1. Resume detailing your educational and professional background. Highlighting experience in the Liberal Arts; focusing on creativity, personal growth and leadership. Including, but not limited to the following areas: music, fine arts, literature, philosophy, drama, theology, dance, entertainment, media, management, business, entrepreneurship, concert promotion, production or performance.
  2. Statement of Purpose (approx. 2 – 3 pages in length) that communicates your plans and goals related to the pursuit of this program. Why do you wish to pursue the MS in Music Industry at USC Thornton? How do you see this particular degree working together with your personal, academic or musical background and goals?
  3. A digital portfolio which should include the following 3 recordings:
    • A 1 – 2 minute video introduction describing your background and passion for music without using the word “passion” in your description.
    • A 1 – 2 minute video answering the following question: Tell me about the last time you took a risk. Was it the right decision? What would you have done differently?
    • A 1 – 2 minute video answering the following question: Can you give us an example of when you came up with a clever way of motivating someone?
  4. Unofficial copies of transcripts for faculty review purposes.
    Please note that official transcripts must also be submitted to the USC Graduate Admission office following the guidelines here.
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from International applicants for whom English is a second language. Please include your scores on the application form where indicated, and be sure that an official score report is sent to USC’s Graduate Admission office by the application deadline. Minimum test score requirements and other relevant information can be found here.

USC Application for Graduate Admission

The following items must be submitted as part of the USC Graduate Application:

  1. Letters of recommendation – MS Applicants must upload at least two letters of recommendation within USC Graduate Application. Instructions are included in the on-line application form.
  2. Transcripts – please be sure to upload unofficial transcripts within the USC Graduate Application, and remember to have official transcript submitted following the procedure outlined above.

It is not necessary to complete the “Supporting Information” section in the Graduate Application. We prefer that you upload a detailed resume, statement of purpose as well as the digital profile mentioned above via SlideRoom instead. You will still need to click through the “Supporting Information” section, and “opt-out” of submitting information there.

Important Information for International Applicants

In addition to the application materials required of all applicants, international applicants must submit a statement of financial support, and certified translations of any documents (transcripts, diplomas, financial documents) not issued in English. Detailed requirements are available here. In addition, international applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL or IELTS in compliance with the requirements listed here.