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Recording Industry (Commercial Songwriting Concentration), B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Murfreesboro, TN, United States
Music is an important part of life, and for many, music means songs—a magic combination of lyrics and melody that makes a difference ranging from lifting a mood to driving a movement. Located only a few miles from Nashville, the nation’s songwriting mecca, MTSU offers students exceptional opportunities through its Commercial Songwriting program in Recording Industry.
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With talented faculty members who have ties to all parts of the industry and the only college chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), students enter a crowded field with valuable advantages. Among award winners who had their start at MTSU are Luke Laird, whose songs have been recorded by the likes of Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and Tim McGraw; Laura Rogers, one of the successful Secret Sisters, known for their distinctive style; and Erin Enderlin, who has written songs for Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack.

Created with input from music industry professionals and the leading industry associations, MTSU’s innovative Recording Industry curriculum is a cutting-edge program that helps blaze a tailor-made path for its students into any of the many rewarding careers of Tennessee’s robust music industries. Examples include:
  • Arranger
  • Artist
  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Singer
  • Songwriter

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • RIM 3010 - Audio Fundamentals
  • RIM 3011 - Survey of Audio Technology
  • RIM 3020 - Commercial Songwriting
  • RIM 3100 - Introduction to Popular Music Studies
  • RIM 3115 - Songwriting Instrumentation: Guitar
  • RIM 3116 - Songwriting Instrumentation: Piano
  • RIM 3450 - Advanced Musicianship for Engineers
  • RIM 3500 - Lecture Series
  • RIM 3580 - RIM Practicum
  • RIM 3600 - Survey of the Recording Industry
  • RIM 3650 - Free Expression, Mass Media, and the American Public

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

General requirements for international applicants
  • Application form for admission
  • $30 application fee
  • International Certificate of Immunization
  • Financial statement indicating sources of support
  • Certificate of Freedom from Tuberculosis
  • All foreign non-immigrant students applying for admission pursuant to a student visa shall submit within thirty (30) days from the first day of classes a certificate from a licensed physician or other qualified medical authority verifying freedom from tuberculosis. Failure to submit such certification shall result in denial of admission (immediate withdrawal from classes) or continued enrollment. In the event that a student has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring medical treatment, continued enrollment will be conditioned upon the determination by a licensed physician that further enrollment is not a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any prescribed medical treatment program.
  • Submit Varicella (chickenpox) form
  • For undergraduate admissions, submit the following to the International Admissions Office (Campus Box 120, Peck Hall 216, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, USA):
  • TOEFL - an official iBT score of 61 or above (173 or above cbt or 500 or above paper-based);
  • IELTS - an official score of 5.5 or above;
  • iTEP - an official score of 3.6 or above.
In lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS, you may submit the following:
  • ELS passing of Level 110 in place of the above examinations - applicants may submit an official academic record demonstrating successful completion of ELS Language Center Level 110.
If residing in the US and applicable, please submit the following:
  • a copy of the I-94;
  • a copy of the I-20 ID;
  • copy of passport expiration page;
  • copy of visa page of passport.
  • Minimum grade point average is 3.0/4.0 for freshmen and 2.0/4.0 for transfer students

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1034 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1034 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    337 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 337 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Murfreesboro

  • 1123 - 2090 USD/month
    Living Costs

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