Master of Entertainment Industry Management

Kris Elder and Katie O'Leary (MEIM '14) reflect on their time in the MEIM Program and their unique experience in both Pittsburgh and Los Angeles

Immerse yourself in the heart of the entertainment industry, learning from industry leaders and gaining professional experience at major studios, networks, agencies, and production companies.

Our unique dual-city Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program covers everything from management skills to hands-on experience within the entertainment industry. In the first year in Pittsburgh, students develop the business management and leadership skills required to excel in a constantly changing marketplace. In the second year in Los Angeles, students’ practical learning experiences include classes with top industry professionals and almost 1000 hours of internship experience. The MEIM program positions its graduates to be leaders throughout the entertainment industry.

Unique Features & Benefits:

  • Second Year in LA: Students spend their entire second year in Los Angeles taking courses taught by top entertainment industry professionals. The second year also features a professional practicum, with students supplementing their full academic course load with 4 days per week internships with leading entertainment companies, including major studios, talent agencies, management firms, game publishers, music firms, marketing and distribution companies, broadcast and cable networks, and production companies.
  • Sundance, Cannes, and SXSW Festivals: Students build professional experience and relationships through participation at South by Southwest, Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals as a part of their graduate course work.
  • Experiential learning: Internships, participating in film festivals, attending conferences, industry nights, speaker series, and completing capstone projects with entertainment industry clients are some of the ways that students benefit from our hands-on, practical learning approach.
  • Capstone Thesis Project - The Capstone project is a year-long group-based study conducted for an industry client on a topic of current strategic interest. Past projects have been with a diverse set of clients including BBC America, Disney, Fox, IMAX, Lionsgate, Nielsen, PwC, Producers Guild of America, Sony Pictures, Stax Records, Sundance, Twitter, and Warner Bros Studios.
  • Engagement in the Entertainment Community: Students receive memberships to Film Independent, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and Hollywood Radio & TV Society to continue their integration into the entertainment industry.
  • Industry Nights: Several times throughout the year, students travel to companies’ headquarters to hear and see first-hand from entertainment industry executives. Past Industry Night trips have included Amazon Studios, Awesomeness TV, Creative Artist Agency, Dreamworks Animation, Sony Home Entertainment and Twentieth Century Fox Television 
  • Leadership development: Students are immersed in a variety of leadership related training opportunities ranging from academic coursework to unique workshops and guest panels to involvement in various clubs and organizations.
  • Quantitative management and technology: Students gain advanced knowledge of the entertainment industry’s most highly coveted competencies, from finance to data analysis to budget reviews and marketing strategies, giving students a competitive edge.
  • Exceptional alumni and employer networks: Students have access to an active professional mentorship community, including MEIM alumni, industry leaders & corporate partners.