Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 52
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 43
    • Support/Electives: 5
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Commercial Music
  • The concentration in commercial music studies is appropriate for those who are interested in working in today's music industry. The degree is designed to prepare you for a career in live music performance, music production, recording, songwriting and/or music technology. Primary instruments in the commercial music concentration include guitar, keyboard, bass, drums, voice, trumpet, trombone and saxophone. The degree is well-suited to be doubled with a minor in business for students interested in a career in music management.

Admissions Requirements

All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and performance strengths necessary for successful completion of the stated curriculum. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Conservatory of Music as a music major. A student will be admitted to the Conservatory after:

  • Meeting the requirements for university admission.
  • Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references supplied
  • Passing a Conservatory audition, including a basic musicianship examination designed to demonstrate university level music study readiness.

Learn More About the Admissions Process

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music is intended for the student who wishes to study music within the liberal arts degree framework. It is appropriate for those who desire a versatile music degree with a wide range of career options and do not have specific professional career goals in the performance, composition, or teaching of music. If your goal is a career in the contemporary music industry, a concentration in commercial music is an option with this degree.

Why Choose Music at Biola?

  • Highly respected, experienced faculty
  • Over twenty types of performing ensembles
  • Active chamber music program
  • Weekly studio classes
  • On-campus performance competitions
  • Masterclasses by world-renowned artists
  • Supportive community of dedicated Christian musicians
  • Close proximity to Los Angeles and access to performances by world-renowned artists in music genres from classical to pop, jazz, and world music
  • Minor in Biblical Studies (30 units)
  • Commercial music concentration option available
  • Special scholarships and awards available for music majors
  • Biola University Conservatory of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music

What Will I Study?

The emphasis of the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music is on a broad coverage of music rather than on specialization in the areas of performance, composition, or education. Consider this degree if your goal is a versatile music degree with a wide range of career options such as musicology, theology, music therapy, or music business. If your goal is a career in the commercial music industry, Biola offers a B.A. Music concentration in Commercial Music. The B.A. Music degree is also well suited for those who desire to double major with music and another degree at Biola. Our supportive community of Christian musicians is the ideal environment for you to study and grow.

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Career Paths

Bachelor of Arts Music students go on to a wide variety of careers that are impacting the world for Jesus Christ after graduation, including:

  • Music Therapy
  • Musicology
  • Theology
  • Sociology
  • Law
  • Music Education
  • Ministry
  • Commercial Music
  • Recording
  • Sound Engineering
  • Music Production
  • Contemporary Music Performance

Matthew 25 Ministries Coordinator
B.A. Music '09

The opportunities I had at Biola to participate in multiple ensembles and work as a student leader in those ensembles prepared me for coordinating many projects and programs simultaneously. The chance to serve in Romania with the Biola Symphonic Winds was a life changing experience for me that opened the door to my current ministry and work in Haiti.”

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