Close Up: Middle Tennessee State University Online M.B.A.


Jones College of Business Online Flex M.B.A.: One of the few business schools in the world to hold AACSB-accreditation, Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University has offered students the M.B.A. since 1969. Under the current leadership of Dean David J. Urban, Jones College has renewed its dedication to preparing leaders for tomorrow’s workplaces. As part of these key initiatives, the college offers a Flex M.B.A. so students can learn online, on campus, or both. The program offers two concentrations, including one in Music Business. No matter how they tailor their degree, students in the program gain a strong focus on analytics expertise and put emphasis on building soft skills. Jones College’s online Flex M.B.A. program provides an education in advanced business concepts, analytical decision-making, and effective leadership.

M.B.A. (Music Business Concentration): Emerging out of a collaborative effort by the Jones College of Business and MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry, the Flex M.B.A. program with a Music Business concentration has been available fully online since 2019. For nearly 50 years, MTSU’s Jones College has grown alongside one of the most important music centers in the world. Its connection to Nashville gives students global access to this billion-dollar market, no matter where they live in the world. Whether one wants to run an agency, build up a small shop, or advance at a major label, the online Flex M.B.A. with a Music Business concentration can help students gather the toolkit they need to achieve their dreams.

To earn a Flex M.B.A. with the Music Business concentration, students enroll in approved electives that familiarize them with some of the most important economic and legal issues that affect artists, managers, representatives, record companies, promoters, and publishers. Faculty have extensive industry backgrounds, are trained in online teaching techniques, and regularly update their courses to ensure content is relevant and practical.

Curriculum Breakdown: The Music Business courses were developed in consultation with industry practitioners. Those enrolled are only required to take foundational prerequisite courses in accounting, finance, and statistics if they haven’t previously taken those undergrad courses. Applicants with a good undergrad G.P.A. (3.0 or 2.75 with five years of professional experience) can waive the GMAT requirement. Like most M.B.A. students, those in MTSU’s program will take the following graduate classes: Accounting, Finance, Economics and Supply Chain Analytics, Marketing, and a seven-week professional development seminar. The Music Business concentration electives include The Music Industry: Revenues, Rights and Professions, Music Entrepreneurship and Strategic Planning for the Arts, Legal Rights of the Creative Individual, and Entertainment Branding.

“Our typical Flex M.B.A student is someone with career interest in the music publishing, production or artist management realms looking to get into managerial positions in the industry.” – Sesan Kim Sokoya, DBA, Professor of Management; Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education

To learn more about the online Flex M.B.A., reach out to an enrollment representative via email at [email protected] or call 888-891-6780.