Music Industry

Bachelor of Science (BS)

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: Describe 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

  • Those who have already earned a bachelor’s degree in music industry are not eligible to earn the same degree at USC Thornton. Applications to the Bachelor of Science program in Music Industry from those who have already completed a degree in the same field will be withdrawn and the application fee will not be refunded. Prospective applicants are encourage instead to apply for admission to the Master of Science program in Music Industry at USC Thornton.
  • Applicants to Music Industry may not apply more than two times. If a student has applied and been denied twice to a Music Industry program, 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

    Late applications are sometimes accepted on a case-by-case basis, if space permits. All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet the December 1 deadline to ensure consideration for fall 2018 admission. To inquire about the possibility of submitting a late application, please contact Thornton’s office of Admission.

    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.
    6. Letters of recommendation – upload at least two letters of recommendation. Instructions are included in the on-line application form in SlideRoom.

    USC Application for Graduate Admission

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

    1. 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 Policies

    Those who hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Industry from USC Thornton are not eligible to apply to the Master of Science program in Music Industry at USC Thornton. Those who completed an undergraduate Minor in Music Industry at USC Thornton are eligible to apply for the Master of Science program in Music Industry at USC Thornton.

    Those who earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry, Music business, or another closely related field at another institution are strongly encouraged to review the curriculum and carefully consider the similarities and differences between the Master of Science program at USC Thornton and the degree they have already earned. It may not be advisable to pursue the Master of Science program at USC Thornton if it is very similar to an already-completed bachelor’s degree. Because application fees are not refunded at USC Thornton, prospective applicants are urged to consider these issues before submitting an application to the Master of Science program.

    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.