MA - Arts Administration

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program offers a broad arts administration education as well as focus within specific areas of practice. The program fosters leadership and management skills, explores processes of innovation and creativity, examines networks and sources of support, while drawing on sound business and administrative training.  The program also makes use of local dynamic arts institutions and the smaller entrepreneurial arts and cultural organizations.

Students will receive the background to lead arts and cultural organizations such as theaters, galleries, museums, arts and culture festivals, arts centers, arts councils, local and regional arts boards, dance companies, community arts and cultural organizations, and musical ensembles including symphonies, orchestras, jazz and choral groups. 

A theatre professor pointing to a whiteboard in behind two seated students with heads turned attentively.

The curriculum includes marketing, strategic communication, financial management, grant writing, venue and talent management, event planning, leadership and contemporary issues.


Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School.

Graduation requirements

All coursework must be completed in accordance with Graduate School and the regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis but must complete requirements within six years of admission.
 
The program requires a minimum total of thirty (30) credits. The curriculum may be fulfilled with a minimum of 28 credits of coursework and at least 2 credits of Master's Essay Direction or Directed Study. 


Course of Study Tracks

The Master of Arts Administration offers three courses of study tracks to best suit a student's interest and career pursuits: Theatre Management, Gallery Management, or Music Business. The curriculum is subject to change.
 

Degree Requirements

Course List
Code Title Credits
Required Core Courses
10
Introduction to Accounting for Nonprofit Organizations
2
Strategic Communication in Nonprofit and the Arts Organizations
or Public Relations and the Arts
3
Development II: Advanced Topics
3
Master's Essay Direction
or Directed Study
1-4
General Electives (select 2 of the following)
6
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
3
Creativity
3
Leadership in the Arts
3
Internships in Theatre Management
3
Departmental Electives
14
Museum Practicum
3
Art Gallery Management
3
Art Gallery Internship
1-3
Museum Culture: Histories, Critiques, Practices
3
Entrepreneurship in the Arts
3
Creativity
3
Strategy and Organization in Music
3
Marketing the Theatre
3
Board Governance in the Theatre
2
Leadership in the Arts
3
Human Resources and Financial Management for the Arts
3
Market Data and Decisions in the Arts
2
Development I: Principles of Fundraising for Not-for-Profit Arts Organizations
2
Entrepreneurship in the Theatre
3
The Media and the Theatre
2
Managing Groups and Teams
2
Internships in Theatre Management
3
Total Credits 30

Questions

Head, MA in Arts Administration
Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University
e: fe3828@wayne.edu
 
Theatre Management Track: Thomas Karr
Gallery Management Track: Lauren Kalman
Music Business Track: Jeremy Peters