College of Arts & Sciences

Master of Arts in Arts Management

Prepare for prominent management roles at the world’s most dynamic arts organizations

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Master of Arts in Arts Management

AU’s MA in Arts Management will prepare you for prominent management roles at the world’s most dynamic arts organizations. Through intensive and comprehensive study, our vast alumni and peer network, and hands-on work/learning in the global cultural capital of Washington, DC, you'll build your managerial, ethical, financial, marketing, fundraising, and communication skills in the performing, visual, and media arts. While mastering the business of art, you will dig in and step up to make art happen and help art thrive for artists, audiences, and communities.


Rolling admission; start in Fall or Spring; no GRE required


34 credits, including capstone project

Time to Complete

18 mos. or your own pace

Tuition and Funding

$1922 per credit; all applicants automatically considered for merit scholarships

Top Employers

Smithsonian Museum of African Art
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Peabody Institute
Americans for the Arts
Philadelphia Orchestra
Barnes Foundation
Dallas Opera
92nd Street Y
Wyoming Arts Council
National Gallery of Art
Jazz at Lincoln Center
National Endowment for the Arts

Collaboration Partners

Sotheby's Institute of Art, London
US Department of State
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
National PTA

  • 3.5 million arts-related jobs in the US
  • The DC metro area is a top-ranked 'arts-vibrant' community in the US


  • Steven Dawson."Once I visited AU and talked with faculty members, I knew this was the place for me. The faculty connections with other arts professionals allow the students to really get to know and pick the brains of the leaders in the field."

    Steven Dawson
    Marketing Manager, Theater & International Programs
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Natanya Khashan."The master's program provided countless opportunities for practical work experience, networking, and professional development, giving me the stepping stones to enter the arts career I have today."

     — Natanya Khashan
     Senior Director, Audience Development & Engagement,
     American Alliance of Museums