Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
2023-2024 University Catalog

Arts Administration, M.A.

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Program Overview:

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration is designed to prepare students for careers in arts management and cultural policy with emphasis on practical field experience. Core courses cover performing and visual arts, commercial entertainment and non-profit, and the gamut of established institutions, startup enterprises, and work with individual artists. Elective options allow students to explore areas of individual interest, taking advantage of the culture-rich environment of New Orleans. A capstone internship synthesizes the knowledge gained. Courses are taught by leading experts in the field, and are scheduled to accommodate working students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for MA Arts Administration

Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and practices of arts administration. 

Apply critical and analytical thinking to practical problems in arts administration. 

Develop a plan for an arts organization to address ongoing problems in multiple areas. 


Demonstrate and assess the role of public policy and government in the development of arts organizations. 


Analyze and assess the role of leadership, boards, financial management, fundraising, and marketing in successful arts organizations. 


A student must be accepted by both the Graduate School and the Arts Administration Program. To be admitted to graduate studies in Arts Administration, a student must provide a written Statement of Purpose and three Letters of Recommendation. Work experience in business and/or the arts is desirable but not required.

Program Scope

The Program encompasses a full range of topics associated with the visual and performing arts business and cultural infrastructure, arts advocacy and public policy, and arts in communities. With faculty guidance, during the course of their studies students will choose and pursue areas of specialization and pursue a pattern of study best suited to their interests and career goals.

Degree Requirements

Students must earn 42 credit hours, including 6 credits from a supervised Internship.

Requirements are:

Electives (2, chosen from the following - credit hours each)

Thesis/Final Project Option

Students must choose either the thesis or the final internship and report option

Capstone internship degree requirements:

  • Comprehensive exams in the areas of Development, Marketing and Legal
  • AADM 6990  A supervised internship of 480 documented hours with an approved cultural institution (6 credit hours, including report and analysis). Credits may be taken in 1-6 credit levels depending on placement.
  • Internship Report and Host Institution Analysis (non-thesis) presentation and committee defense


Thesis Degree Requirements

  • Comprehensive exams in the areas of Development, Marketing and Legal
  • - Credits: 1 - 6 (Variable) plus the Thesis and committee defense.

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships are available through the Program to a limited number of qualified applicants each year.

Limited scholarships are available.

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