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Is MEIM Right For Me?


The Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program is a joint degree offered by Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and College of Fine Arts.

An industry-centered professional degree that stands apart from all others, MEIM provides greater quantitative management and strategic skills than a film school, and more entertainment-relevant coursework and experiences than a business school. Quickly emerging as the premier training program for entertainment professionals in the U.S. and globally, MEIM empowers students to go beyond the classroom and make connections in the film, TV, gaming, and music industries with an immersive second year in Los Angeles, as well as networking events and visits to film festivals.

Our students come from all backgrounds—some have a previous connection to the entertainment industry, while many others come from more general humanities and business backgrounds. What they share is a passion for entertainment media and a desire to have an impact on this always compelling, creative, and influential sector.

Experiential learning is a cornerstone of all Heinz College programs, and nowhere is that more evident than the MEIM program. As a MEIM student, you will have constant exposure to practitioners through networking opportunities, projects, and special events, and you will graduate with over 1000 hours of real-world industry experience, giving you a distinct competitive edge in a field where relationships are everything. MEIM graduates go on to careers with major studios and networks, production companies, talent agencies, record labels, marketing companies, game developers, and media firms.

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Curriculum & Class Profile


SAMPLE SCHEDULE: MEIM

Below is one possible schedule for the two-year MEIM program. Actual schedules will vary depending on electives.

Class titles in bold are core courses.


Year 1 (PITTSBURGH) - Fall SEMESTER
  • Managing Disruptive Technologies
  • Script and Story Analysis
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Organizational Design and Implementation
  • Statistical Methods
  • Applied Economic Analysis
  • Writing for Creative Enterprises

Year 1 (PITTSBURGH) - Spring SEMESTER
  • Storytelling in Entertainment Technology
  • Business Analytics for Managers
  • Negotiation
  • Entertainment Economics
  • Principles of Finance
  • Financial Statements and Analysis
  • Strategic Presentation Skills

--REQUIRED SUMMER INTERNSHIP--


Year 2 (LOS ANGELES) - Fall SEMESTER
  • Practicum Internship (~30 hrs/week)
  • Entertainment Industry Capstone Project
  • Film Economics, Marketing, and Distribution
  • Production Management
  • Digital Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Television Business and Legal Affairs
  • Television Marketing and Advertising
  • Business of Gaming
  • Economy of a Record Label
  • Music Monetization and Royalties
  • Entertainment Ethics
  • Navigating the Entertainment Industry
  • Artist Development in the Music Industry
  • Music Supervision

Year 2 (LOS ANGELES) - Spring SEMESTER
  • Practicum Internship (~30 hrs/week)
  • Entertainment Industry Capstone Project
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Development
  • Market Research in Entertainment
  • Television Economics
  • Film Acquisitions
  • Music in the Media
  • Branded Entertainment
  • Film Exhibition
  • Creative Producing
  • The Future of the Industry

WHO ARE MEIM'S STUDENTS?


The average MEIM class is diverse, both in terms of demographics and experience/education. Data shown reflects the last three years.

See the Admissions page for detailed admissions requirements for the MEIM program.

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