To date, we’ve asked 63 current and past music and related studies students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Your major should make you feel excited to put the knowledge and skills you learn to work.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a music and related studies degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a music and related studies degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are music and related studies students compared to other degrees?

Overall, music and related studies students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.2 out of 5. This is standard compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, music and related studies students rate their happiness similarly to students in Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering and Public Relations.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to music and related studies

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Computer Software Engineering$99,137
Entertainment and Media Management$62,597
Mechanical Engineering$90,922
Music and Related Studies$56,313
Chemistry$71,032
Public Relations$66,809
Accounting And Finance$84,161
Architecture$78,756

Let's break that down further.

Are music and related studies students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
4.0 out of 5 stars
60 ratings
5 stars
37%
4 stars
38%
3 stars
17%
2 stars
5%
1 stars
2%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
61 ratings
5 stars
30%
4 stars
34%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
7%
1 stars
3%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in music and related studies experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did music and related studies graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what music and related studies grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.4 out of 5 stars
57 ratings
5 stars
9%
4 stars
4%
3 stars
30%
2 stars
33%
1 stars
23%

We can see there’s a cluster of negative responses, which might indicate a declining or competitive job market.

Were music and related studies students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.2 out of 5 stars
63 ratings
5 stars
11%
4 stars
21%
3 stars
40%
2 stars
19%
1 stars
6%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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