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Music Industry

Music Industry studies go well beyond classes in audio recording, although we have that too! Come and learn about the ever-changing landscape that is the music industry and gain the skills necessary to work and succeed.

The B.S. in Music Industry Studies (MIS) is a liberal arts degree created in cooperation with the Darla Moore School of Business and the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management program. Coursework includes traditional music theory, history and performance, along with classes focused in music business, marketing and recording skills. This degree is intended to provide students with skills to achieve a career in the music industry through experiential learning opportunities, enhanced classroom learning as well as providing real-world knowledge of music venues, artists, recording studios and music businesses of all types.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Two years of lessons on instrument(s) of your choice
  • One year of music theory classes
  • Recording Arts classes (audio, recording, mixing, etc.)
  • Music Industry Chat series - engaging 

Application Requirements

  • Apply to University of South Carolina
  • Personal statement essay - what are your experiences and why is the University of South Carolina the right fit for you?
  • Digital portfolio showcasing your experience in  Music Industry
  • Optional audition (necessary for scholarship/applied lesson consideration)
  • Interview with the MIS team

Support the Music Industry Studies Program

Help this program grow! Choose the program(s) that mean the most to you, and make your gift in any amount.

Provides resources not covered by tuition and fees for students to engage in hands-on, real-world experiences to attain transferable job skills for the many jobs in the music industry. Critically needed funds allow for student travel to music festivals, conventions, and conferences, as well as enrichment activities geared toward exposure to music industry professionals. Through the MIS Enrichment Fund, donors invest in the future of students who seek to make the world a better place through music.  Click to donate.

Offers students with financial need the opportunity to experience a School of Music education that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Music Industry Studies students are musicians first, whether instrumentalists, singers, or performers of various genres, but who also view the world of music as an environment rife with possibilities of employment beyond music-making. By supporting MIS student scholarships, donors provide a gift well into the future.  Click to donate.

For more information, contact Jennifer Mitchell, Assistant Director of Music Admissions, at (803) 777-4281 or email her at

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