Arts Administration @ Boston University

“The Arts Administration program really helped me change my professional focus from a micro to a macro scale. . . . In the arts, we can get stuck in the day-to-day tasks required to put on a show, a fundraising event, or even a staff meeting. After graduation, I now look for the impact of our activities on a much larger scale.” Erick R. Lopez ’16, House Manager, The Broad Stage, Santa Monica, CA

Founded at Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 1993, the Arts Administration Program emphasizes creative problem solving, leadership, globalism, and effective use of current technologies. We are committed to helping arts organizations achieve and sustain their missions in a changing world. We hold a deep conviction that the arts are a critical element in a healthy society, and that the role of arts managers is to nurture environments in which artistic excellence can thrive.

The socioeconomic and political challenges of the day bring renewed importance to the work of cultural entrepreneurs, artists, producers, curators, policy-makers, and arts managers. Effective arts administrators embrace the challenge of re-thinking and re-shaping the role that the arts play in contemporary society. Our master’s degree and graduate certificates prepare our students to play leadership roles in the global arts of the twenty-first century.

Degree & Certificate Programs

Arts Administration Graduate Degree

Boston University’s Master of Science in Arts Administration program is designed for students pursuing professional careers in arts organizations and businesses in all sectors, both domestically and internationally. With flexible pathways to degree completion, students can complete all coursework on a full or part-time basis in one to two years.

Arts Management Graduate Certificate

The four-course Graduate Certificate in Arts Management serves the many practicing and aspiring arts professionals who do not have the time or resources to commit to a full program of graduate study, or who may already possess a graduate degree in another field.

Fundraising Management Graduate Certificate

Offered on campus and online, the four-course Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management provides administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers and for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their ability to raise funds.

Performing Arts Enterprise Advanced Graduate Certificate

Performing Arts Enterprise Advanced Graduate Certificate

New! Offered in partnership with Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, a leader in global performing arts production and management, the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Performing Arts Enterprise provides intensive training in the production cycle of commercial performing arts, with a focus on the Broadway industry. The advanced certificate accepts international students, and offers internship opportunities in both domestic and international markets.

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Arts Job Bank

Arts Job Bank