Non-Degree Programs

Graduate Certificate in Music Career Development

The College of Music’s Certificate in Career Development is designed for graduate students to explore the interdependent relationship between their creative practices and their business practices, helping prepare students to effectively operate as an independent contractor in the US arts ecosystem, including understanding how to create a DBA, LLC, 501C3, or other organization. Students will construct goals related to their graduate experiences and career objectives and implement project management tools to effectively execute these goals. Coursework includes students’ selection of classes on topics of Music Entrepreneurship and Music Business, Arts and Cultural Management, Music Advertising, Composition, Music Preparation, and Chamber Music, and concludes with an internship or capstone experience.

Certificate in Music Career Development Application

The Certificate will be offered for Summer 2020 graduates and subsequent semesters. Please download and complete this application for the Graduate Certificate in Music Career Development and send to Christine Beamer, beamerch@msu.edu and Susan Hoekstra, shoekst@msu.edu.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Music Career Development

Students who wish to complete the certificate should make that decision by end of their first semester.  Please consult the Graduate Advisor to understand how it can best work with your degree requirements.

Requirements for Certificate in Music Career Development