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Master of Science in Arts Administration

All courses 4 credits each unless otherwise indicated -- A total of 44 credits are required.

Group A: Required courses

MET AR690 The Art World *
MET AR750 Financial Management for Nonprofits
MET AR778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration *
MET AR802 Internship in Arts Administration I (2 cr) †
MET AR803 Internship in Arts Administration II: Fieldwork (2 cr) †

Group B: Electives - At least six from this group INCLUDING one or two International Travel Study courses

MET AR510 Arts Leaders Forum
MET AR550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
MET AR650 Writing for the Arts
MET AR700 Leadership & Career Development for the Arts §
MET AR711 Capital Campaigns
MET AR720 Marketing & Audience Development for the Arts ††
MET AR722 Educational Programming in Cultural Institutions
MET AR723 Individual Fundraising
MET AR730 Political & Public Advocacy for the Arts
MET AR740 Arts & The Internet
MET AR766 Arts and the Community
MET AR771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations ††
MET AR774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations ††◊
MET AR777 Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration ‡
MET AR779 Public Art Program Administration
MET 780 Arts in Cuba ‡
MET AR781 Special Topics in Arts Administration
MET AR787 The Arts in Barcelona ‡
MET AR 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship
MET AR804 Advanced Management & Consulting for Arts Organizations ‡‡

Group C: Out-of-Department Electives - Optional, but no more than one course may be taken from this group

CAS AH520 The Museum and Historical Agency §§ ◊
CAS AH521 Curatorship: Exhibition Development §§
COM CM701 Contemporary Public Relations
MET AD603 Evaluating & Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism
MET AD725 Negotiations and Organizational Conflict Resolutions
MET AD733 Leadership in Management §
MET TM648 Introduction to E-Commerce and Web Design
MET CM708 Principles and Practices of Advertising
MET UA515 History & Theory of Urban Planning
MET UA805 The Boston Symposium
MET AD642 Project Management

MET AD728 Understanding and Managing Heritage Tourism

MET AD769 Cultural Tourism and the Art and Festival Industries

MET AD780 Ethics in Management

Note: One additional class from Group B may be substituted in Group C with advisor's permission.

*    When possible, the following courses should be completed in the first two semesters: AR 690 The Art World and AR778 Legal
Issues in Arts Administration.

†    AR802 is usually taken in the next-to-last semester of study and AR803 in the final semester. Students must have completed 24 credits prior to taking AR803. For information on course waivers, please visit the AR802 Course Info site. 

‡ International Travel Study courses are optional for international students.

§    Students may take either AR700 or AD733, but not both.

††  AR 690 The Art World is a prerequisite for AR720 Marketing & Audience Developments, AR771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations, and AR774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations.

‡‡  AR804 may be substituted for AR802/803 with advisor’s permission. Students must have completed 24 credits prior to taking AR804.  

§§  Written approval of advisor required.

◊  Students may take either AR774  or AH520, but not both.


Any variation in curriculum must be approved in writing by your advisor.

If the internship is waived students must take a tenth classroom based course. Students are encouraged to use their elective to broaden their understanding of arts administration. Elective credit may be taken from other departments within the University, after approval from the student's advisor. Of particular interest may be courses such as Curatorship, or Museums and Historical Agencies, offered by the Department of Art History (Museum Studies) in the graduate division of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students matriculating in the Arts Administration concentration are required to have some direct work experience in arts organizations prior to degree conferral. A minimum of six of the ten required courses must be completed before the student undertakes the actual fieldwork, although the planning phase may begin earlier. The program maintains a formal relationship with a core group of potential host organizations that have been selected for their willingness to work with interns, although it is possible to intern with other organizations as well. The student is expected to complete a total of 150 hours of work with the host agency, generally within a single semester. Students with four or more years of professional arts organization work experience may waive the internship requirement with the program director's written consent. Inquire about the waiver procedure.

Academic Standing
All students in the Arts Administration program must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 to remain in good standing and to graduate. No grade below B- in any course may be applied towards the degree. Students with a grade point average below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and must achieve a cumulative 3.0 by the completion of the following semester or be subject to dismissal. Students who are placed on academic probation for two consecutive semesters are also subject to dismissal.


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