Gain skills in music industry and audio arts

The interdisciplinary master of arts (M.A.) degree program in audio arts offers you the opportunity to learn about and gain skills in the music industry and audio arts fields. Taught in conjunction with Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the 14-month program offers four specializations at the intersection of music and media: music industry studies, sound production and recording arts, radio horizons, and music video. It begins with an intensive summer “boot camp” and concludes with a professional music industry internship capstone the following summer.

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Whether you are a liberal arts major interested in music industry or audio arts, a music engineer interested in concert promotion, or a music industry student interested in sound production, we offer a program to suit your career goals.

Students from many backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including those with experience or undergraduate degrees in the liberal arts, music industry, music performance, music technology/engineering. Required courses will provide foundations common to all directions of audio arts study, while electives will allow you to tailor your program of study to best meet your individual goals. Based on your experience and undergraduate and graduate coursework, you will work with advisors to determine your preferences and trajectory.

You will begin your studies in July with summer "boot camp," which is split between a comprehensive tour of the music industry and a Pro Tools-fueled introduction to the art of studio recording. You will spend the fall and spring semesters honing your business and technical skills through classroom exploration with our dynamic faculty and hands-on projects through independent study and capstone projects. During winter break you may opt to take a week-long "Winterlude" in Los Angeles, networking and learning from world-class business leaders and content creators. For the final summer capstone, the audio arts faculty will work with you to identify attractive career paths and help connect you with the internship capstone to open those doors.

The program builds on Syracuse University’s legacy of leadership in music and entertainment industries. Students will have access to resources in both colleges and across campus, including the Belfer Audio Archive and Recording Studio and the cutting-edge Dick Clark Studios in the Newhouse Studio & Innovation Center. You will have additional opportunities to work with local music recording businesses and studios. You will also connect with and benefit from the network of successful SU alumni working in the many diverse audio arts fields.


Application deadline: February 1 for summer admission. Audio arts currently does not offer fall or spring admission.