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Online B.S. in Entertainment Business

Overview

The business of entertainment determines what stories are told and how they’re seen. These decisions are made in offices, not on sets. For students of faith who desire to bring their voices into the most powerful form of communication on the planet, Biola’s fully online Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business will prepare them to enter into the corporate offices where these decisions are made. Students will learn the science behind how content is targeted, created, greenlit, financed, marketed, monetized and distributed. They will dive into critical topics such as networking, business ethics, industry etiquette and corporate media structures. With Biola’s B.S. in Entertainment Business, students will be equipped to make critical, informed decisions that will ultimately impact one of the most influential industries in the world.

This online program is accepting applications for the Fall 2022 semester.

Biola’s online bachelor's degree in entertainment business offers several key advantages:

  • Learn How to Become a Decision-Maker in the Industry.
    By learning how the entertainment business operates, you will be uniquely prepared to enter into roles that influence media decisions. This program will train you not just in the skills required for entertainment executives, but also in the traits and character that will help you stand out within this industry.
  • Learn at the #1 Christian Film School.
    Industry trade publications like The Wrap ranked Biola’s School of Cinema and Media Arts as one of the top 50 film schools in the world, and Variety named Biola one of the top 30 film schools in North America. Additionally, we’re the only member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) recognized on these lists. As a student of this program, you will be trained by highly knowledgeable, experienced faculty, many of whom are active, accomplished industry professionals. A network of over 1,000 alumni across all aspects of the industry becomes an additional resource for students.
  • Make an Impact for Christ in Entertainment.
    The B.S. in Entertainment Business is designed to help you cultivate a biblical worldview that will shape how you approach your career. Just as we equip our students to become the storytellers and industry leaders of their generation, it’s our deepest desire to help each one discover their role in a story much larger than themselves…God’s amazing story.
  • Earn Your Degree at an Affordable Price.
    As you pursue your online Entertainment Business degree, you will receive a well-rounded, 360-degree view of the entertainment industry and gain practical tools to support your career — all at an affordable cost. Tuition is priced roughly at one-third of Biola’s on-campus programs.
  • Study at Your Own Pace.
    You can complete our flexible, convenient online program in as little as 26 months. Most courses can be taken in any order and, because of our asynchronous course format, you can complete your weekly coursework according to your schedule.

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Courses

What courses will I take as an Entertainment Business major?

The B.S. in Entertainment Business offers academically challenging, biblically integrated courses that can be applied to your current work in the entertainment business or prepare you to enter a new area of the industry. Your knowledge of the industry will expand as you dive into courses such as:

Content Creation and Strategy in a Digital Age (CNMA 238)

At the core of the media business, it’s all about the content. Entertainment businesses develop, produce, acquire, and/or house user-generated content as part of their business models. The aggregation of this content creates studios, networks, platforms and brands. Students learn how completed content is acquired, how new content is developed, the greenlighting process inside organizations, and the strategies employed by industry leading companies to aggregate all of this content for the consumer.

Entertainment and Production Financing (CNMA 467)

What does it cost? How are productions financed? How are platforms financed? Students learn what it takes to finance a new idea/project, determine the costs, and learn methods of raising funds to cover the expense of licensing and/or creating entertainment. Whether working independently or part of a corporation, it’s knowledge every student would benefit from knowing.

Studio, Network, and Digital Media Corporate Management (CNMA 437)

This course is not about the product but about the people behind the product. Students will learn how a variety of media organizations are structured with a highlight on the current executives within leadership roles. Through the students, the class will learn about these leaders’ professional journeys, and will additionally understand how departments within these organizations interrelate with one another.

Bible and Theology Coursework

As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, all undergraduate students are required to take 30 credits of biblical studies. As an Entertainment Business student, 15 of these credits will be integrated directly into your major's courses, with the remaining 15 offered through separate Bible and theology courses.

Career Outlook and Preparation

What can you do with a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business?

A degree in Entertainment Business can launch you on a new path or propel your existing career in entertainment. Whether you are commissioning scripts, hiring producers and directors, or working in content marketing and distribution, the education you receive at Biola will equip you to enter into a variety of roles such as:

  • Development Executive
  • Programming Strategy Executive
  • Content Acquisitions Executive
  • Sales Planner
  • Sales Assistant
  • Marketing Executive
  • Integrated Marketing Manager
  • Digital Media Coordinator
  • Manager of Domestic TV Distribution
  • Research Analyst
  • Director of Corporate Partnerships
  • Coordinator, Multiplatform Programming
  • Scheduling Coordinator
  • Operations Manager
  • Coordinator, Media Planning & Strategy

10% job growth

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics job growth for marketing managers is projected to be as fast as average between 2020 and 2030.

BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.

Admissions

Online Bachelor's Degrees Admissions Requirements

If you're interested in applying to one of Biola University’s online bachelor’s degree programs, see the information below to learn about admissions requirements.

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Steps to Apply

Want to get started with the admissions process? See our Steps to Apply for online bachelor’s students.

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Transfer Credit

  1. Transfer up to 70 credits of work from other accredited colleges or universities. Learn more about transferring credits.
  2. Earn credit for your program based on past work or volunteer experience through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Learn more about PLA.

If you have any questions about the admissions process or would like to have a transfer evaluation completed, contact your admissions counselor. To maximize your transfer coursework, contact our success coaches.

Prior Learning Assessment

Whether you currently work in the business world or have volunteer and other life experiences, we want to help you get credit for the knowledge you already have. Through Biola’s Prior Learning Assessment, you can earn credit towards your undergraduate degree. You can use the tool below to see how much credit you can potentially earn.

See How Much Credit Can You Earn

Tuition and Financial Aid

As you consider the cost of college, keep in mind that more than 80% of Biola students receive some form of financial aid. We’re here to walk alongside you as you balance tuition and costs with different scholarship and aid opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long will it take to finish my online bachelor’s degree?

The program has been designed to allow highly motivated students to complete all major and Bible courses in as little as 24 months, but it is flexible enough to allow you to work at a pace that will fit into your busy schedule. Speak to your success coach to determine your personalized pathway for successfully completing the credits you need.

Which agency is the program accredited by?

Biola is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). This is the same agency that grants accreditation to other schools in California such as the University of Southern California, Stanford and local community colleges.

What does biblical integration look like?

You will take a full 30 credits of Bible alongside your core major and general education courses. Taking the 30 credits of Bible will qualify you for a minor in Bible.

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Format

You'll be able to complete weekly coursework on a schedule that works for you — with asynchronous classes that are offered in a 7- or 15-week format.

Total Credits

Total program credits include major-specific courses and Biola's core curriculum.

Cost per Credit

This is the cost per credit; total tuition costs for each trimester will differ for part-time and full-time students.

Next Start Date

Online bachelor's programs have new start dates every 7-8 weeks, which means you can get started as soon as you want.

Standard Completion Time

This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary depending on transferred coursework and preferred courseload.

Accreditation

Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.