MA in Arts Management
The arts management master’s degree program trains students to become arts administrators across performing and visual art disciplines. The program blends the basic tenets of administration with an understanding of the cultural sector in the global economy. The arts management MA program excels in providing students a decision making context for the jobs of the future through an understanding of cultural policy, international arts management issues, and organizational dynamics. The master's program prepares students to become effective advocates for the arts and to succeed in a wide range of administrative, managerial, and leadership positions.
The arts management MA program curriculum is designed to combine current cultural and nonprofit theory with the best practices from the management field. Core courses focus on fundraising, marketing, and financial management of arts organizations. A flexible and interdisciplinary program, master’s students may take electives and rotating topic courses in museum management, art history, public administration, business administration, communication, international or public policy as well as participate in any of the Department of Performing Arts ensembles.
Arts management master's students can apply classroom concepts in professional settings through internships and independent studies at numerous arts organizations in the Washington, DC area. The arts management program maintains academic and professional relationships with many national and regional institutions, including the Smithsonian, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, U.S. State Department, Dance/USA, Opera America, National Endowment for the Arts, National Symphony Orchestra, Arena Stage, and the Association for Arts Administration Educators.