Master of Science in Arts Administration

Boston University’s Master of Science (MS) in Arts Administration degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in visual arts, performing arts, and arts service organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors both domestically and internationally.

Recent decades have witnessed a rapid expansion in arts audiences, practitioners, and institutions. Simultaneously, the increased cyclical economic uncertainty in both the public and private sectors has resulted in a growing need for highly skilled administrators who can work effectively with elected officials, business and community leaders, and fellow arts professionals.

The Arts Administration program emphasizes excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the new technologies of our age. We are particularly concerned with helping arts organizations place the achievement of their missions ahead of any blind devotion to maximizing revenues. It is toward such an end that we sustain a deep conviction in the centrality of the role of the artist, and in the fundamental importance of artistic excellence, as issues central to the health of all arts organizations in the twenty-first century. In short, we are committed to making the world safe for art—not making art safe for the world.

The Arts Administration program is specifically designed to accommodate the schedules of working adults. Students can complete all coursework on a part-time, evening basis, in approximately two years. Full-time study toward the degree is also possible, although scheduling issues may sometimes arise, as not every course will appear in a one-year cycle.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Arts Administration will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of the history, structure, and institutional behavior of arts organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors in the U.S. and, in a global context, an understanding of international cultural policy.
  • Proficiency with a sophisticated skill set emphasizing best practices with regard to: fundraising and financial management; setting goals in a mission-driven (as well as a revenue-driven) organization; understanding the important legal issues inherent in managing (either) performing or visual arts organizations; marketing within arts organizations; and engaging communities with the arts.
  • Competence sufficient to successfully obtain a position in the field of arts administration and/or nonprofit management.

All candidates for admission to the degree program must have a bachelor’s degree, and are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and professional references, and related work experiences. We are particularly interested in those applicants who have two or more years of work experience after conferral of their undergraduate degrees. Interviews are strongly encouraged, either in person or by telephone. You can arrange one by contacting the Arts Administration office at 617-353-4064 or artsad@bu.edu.

Standardized admission tests, such as the GRE (institution code: 3087) or GMAT, are required for international students and for those students who have received their baccalaureate degree within the past two years. Students are expected to have a demonstrable, discipline-based expertise in one art area (such as visual arts, dance, theatre, or music). Although this requirement may be satisfied in a variety of ways, most applicants have undergraduate degrees in the arts.

The program has a rolling admissions policy with no absolute deadlines. However, we strongly recommend that applicants complete their application by November 15 for the spring semester or March 15 for the fall semester. Students may choose to complete up to eight credits on a non-matriculating basis, prior to admission.

International Applicants

International students are also required to submit official scores for one of the following tests:

OR

    For information on these tests, visit the TOEFL website at www.ets.org/toefl or the IELTS website at www.ielts.org. Information may also be obtained at United States embassies or consulates. When submitting TOEFL scores, please use our institution code: 3087.

    Financial Aid

    The program offers a small number of graduate assistantships to matriculating students. These consist of up to $4,200 in tuition remission per semester in exchange for research support or administrative work (10–20 hours per week). Information about this opportunity is made available to students when they are admitted to the degree program. Boston University Metropolitan College Graduate Financial Aid (617-358-3993; finanaid@bu.edu) can provide additional information about deferred payment and loan programs.

    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 toward 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.

    A total of 40 credits is required. Courses are 4 credits each unless indicated otherwise.

    Concentration Core*

    Group A: Required courses (16 credits)

    An examination of the arts institutions, issues, and forces that shape the contemporary art world. Topics include government, cultural policy, National Endowment for the Arts, museums, symphonies, curators, critics, artists' rights, public art, corporate support, censorship, and feminism and multiculturalism. Usually taken as a first course. Non-Arts Administration students contact the Arts Admin Dept, 808 Commonwealth Ave.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    C1 IND DeNatale CAS B25A W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    C2 IND Aceti CAS 229 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Aceti T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Analyzes issues of accounting, finance, and economics in the context of the not-for-profit organization. Stresses understanding financial statements, budget planning and control, cash flow analysis, and long term planning.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Orlinoff CAS B06B M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Staff M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Analysis of legal implications of managing an arts institution. Topics include nonprofits and tax-exempt structure, contracts, copyright for performing and visual artists, artists' moral rights legislation, royalties and artists' economic rights, international movement of art (duties/immigration restrictions) and artists, nonprofit incorporation, and tax-exempt status for organizations.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Beasley CAS 326 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Beasley T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Two consecutive two-credit courses for planning (AR 802) and fieldwork (AR 803) phases of the internship. Arts Administration degree students only.  [ 2 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 EXP Aceti FLR 134 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 EXP Aceti M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

    Two consecutive two-credit courses for planning (AR 802) and fieldwork (AR 803) phases of the internship. Students may not register for MET AR 803, or begin their actual internship until they have completed a minimum of six of the ten required courses. Arts Administration degree students only.   [ 2 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 EXP Aceti FLR 134 T 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 EXP Aceti M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm

    Group B: At least five courses from this group, including one or two International Travel Study Courses

    The "Arts Leaders Forum" consists of a series of conversations with arts leaders, including entrepreneurs, community leaders and established industry experts. Each week guests will share their experiences with the class. In addition to guest speakers, students will focus on leadership skills and exercises through readings and cases. The goal of this course is to give students insight into the pressing issues of managing arts organizations, to gain leadership skills and to provide insight into career options. 4 cr. 2nd sem.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Juarez Echen T 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

    An introductory course that examines ways to raise funds from government, foundation, corporate, and individual sources. The following topics will be addressed through lectures and case analysis: the history of philanthropy, the planning and research process, proposal and grant preparation, program evaluation, and the role of the board and staff in developing effective fundraising strategies.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Ibrahim CAS 325 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    C1 IND Ibrahim W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    This course is designed to broaden the student?s understanding of capital campaign fundraising. Topics include: feasibility studies; strategic planning and budgeting; private and public phases; ethical responsibilities; staff, donor, volunteer, board, and trustee management; major gift solicitation; campaign communications; trend analysis; and evaluation. The course curriculum will include readings, case studies, guest speakers, and analysis of current capital campaign projects.   [ 4 cr. ]

    This course is designed to provide fundamental background in the theory and principles of arts marketing and audience development used by nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations. Case analysis will be employed to review strategies and practices currently used in the cultural sector. Students will be expected to develop their own marketing plans for an arts organization.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    D1 IND Roth COM 217 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    Course will review the history, theory, and practice of educational programming and audience engagement in both museums and performing arts organizations. Emphasis will be on analysis of program design, implementation, and evaluation; teacher training, and creation of youth and adult learning programs.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    D1 IND Sutherland PHO 205 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    This course will address the full range of issues related to attracting financial support from individuals. Topics will include: raising dollars annually for operations, raising funds through special events (fundraisers), cultivating and soliciting major gifts, and the basics of bequests and estate planning as well as ethical issues and working effectively with donors and volunteers. Course work will include readings, case studies, and guest speakers.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    D1 IND Kierul R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Political and Public Advocacy for the Arts will address the politics of arts and culture through seminars with political and cultural leaders, class discussion, readings, and research. Students will develop advocacy campaign plans and analyze how cultural organizations interact with all levels of government.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Hunter CAS 326 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    The course examines the World Wide Web and digital technology, as they relate to Artists and Arts organizations. Class will include presentations, lectures, readings and class discussions. Special attention is given to critical examination, and formal treatment for site development, which will include; analyzing an organization, and other websites of similar organizations, defining the needs of the organization, how the on-line presentation should be visualized, and developing the technical skills students will need as future art administrators.   [ 4 cr. ]

    This course is designed to equip students with the tools and critical thinking skills to identify and apply appropriate methodologies to support the work of their organizations as practitioners and consumers of research. We will review the major approaches to social science research, including a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodologies, and consider the relevance of each research framework to specific questions in the arts. The course will consider the role of arts research in domains such as audience development and marketing; program evaluation and assessment; social and economic impact; decision-making and reflective practice; collaboration and creation; case making and communication with the public.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND DeNatale T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    An analysis of issues that involve the engagement of cultural institutions with their immediate community. Includes examination of local arts centers, local arts councils, arts service organizations, agency/government relations, urban issues, multiculturalism, and festivals.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    C1 IND Weeks SHA 210 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    A review of topics essential for successful management of performing arts organizations.Examination of both facilities management and company management. Studies include organizational structure, trustee/staff relations, marketing, audience building, fund-raising, tour management, box office management, budgeting, mailing list and membership management, human resource management and contract negotiation, performance measurement, and strategic planning.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    C1 IND Juarez Echen W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Emphasizes museums, but also includes a review of alternative spaces, commercial galleries, and auction houses. Topics include the changing role of the museum, exhibition planning, fund-raising, crisis management, audience development, and strategic planning.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    C1 IND Staff W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Drawing on the resources of Boston University in Boston, London, and Dublin this course examines the nature of cultural policy in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, and the European Union from 1945 to the present. Through lectures and readings (drawn from public policy and economics), lectures by leading arts administration faculty members in Dublin and London, and visits to important international cultural venues, this course will examine the impact of cultural and national differences on the cultural policy making process.   [ 4 cr. ]

    An overview of public art programs in the United States and of related management issues. Includes government-sponsored funds for art and other funding systems; and working with federal, state, and local governments, artists, architects, and community groups in artist selection, site preparation and long-term maintenance.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    D1 IND Miller R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    An examination of the arts in Cuba from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, with an emphasis on the unique role of the artist in Cuban society since the revolution and the role of migration across borders in the definition of identities and aesthetics. There will be visits to museums, music, theater and dance companies and foundations and government agencies that support the arts in Cuba. The course will take a highly contextual approach, locating the artwork, as much as possible in its historical, social, economic and cultural context. There will also be visits to artists' studios, talks with Cuban artists, and walking tours of the architecture of Havana. Cuba, U.S. and Europe's social models will be analyzed via comparative, historical and contemporary frameworks that define borders and identities and that shape people's movements, ideologies and migrations.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Topic for Fall2016: Arts and Culture in Mexico, from the Revolution to the 21st century.
    Mexican cultural and aesthetic production enables a unique understanding of Mexico's history and society. Through a combination of perspectives, including auteurism, cultural studies, and genre-centered approaches, this multidisciplinary course will focus on the intermingling of high art and popular culture. Students will be exposed to major works by well-known painters, and symphonic composers. However, they will also study the expressive practices of everyday life, including telenovelas, rock music, and street art, and how these practices contribute to convey a sense of identity, as well as to reproduce (or challenge) social values and norms. Finally, the course will expose students to a transatlantic/transnational approach to Mexico's cultural and aesthetic production by studying collaborative projects among Mexican and foreign artists.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Juarez Echen CGS 523 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    This course will look at the ways in which the arts have played a key role in the history of Barcelona and Madrid and by extension, Spain. To understand the city and its inhabitants and their sensibility one needs to have some knowledge of history -- particularly 20th century history and art history. To the Catalonian, Spain is to some degree an intellectual and political construct and there is a complex history in its relation to Madrid. With its own language, cultural traditions and cuisine the Catalonian sees himself as distinct from the Castilian Spanish speaking population of Spain. As a culture that experienced considerable oppression -- especially during the Franco regime, Catalonians are eager to celebrate and preserve their distinct customs and traditions. This has become particularly important over the past years as the Spanish economy has been in recession and the movement for Catalan independence was put to a vote this past winter. The course will focus on the relationship between the two cities and on the visual representations of social conflicts, civil unrest, violence and Foucauldian representations of madness in the arts.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Aceti ARR

    This course explores the emerging field of cultural entrepreneurship and covers a variety of topics, including: the artist as entrepreneur; new business models for creative entrepreneurs; branding, storytelling and design; the artist and social impact; and the role of entrepreneurs in cultural organizations. Through case studies, guest speakers, readings, and group exercises, students learn about innovative entrepreneurial initiatives that straddle the boundaries between the private, nonprofit, and public sectors. Guided exercises enable students to assess and develop their skills as future change agents and entrepreneurs. This class is designed for graduate students in the Arts Administration program.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Grossman M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    The purpose of this course is to increase students' ability to analyze and solve problems that confront arts organizations. Students will apply financial, marketing, fundraising, and legal knowledge and techniques to (1) in-class discussion of key management issues of concern to senior leadership, and (2) a semester-long consulting project which partners and team of students with a local arts organization. Permission from instructor required/arts administration students only. Students may not register for MET AR 804 until they have completed a minimum of six required courses.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    D1 IND DeNatale R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Two consecutive two-credit courses (MET AR 810 Thesis I and MET AR 810 Thesis II) will give students the tools they need to be informed consumers and producers of arts administration research. The thesis must be completed within 12 months. Only students who have completed six courses in the Arts Administration master's degree program and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher may enroll in MET AR 810 and MET AR 811. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty member with a doctorate.   [ 2 cr. ]

    Two consecutive two-credit courses (MET AR 810 Thesis I and MET AR 810 Thesis II) will give students the tools they need to be informed consumers and producers of arts administration research. The thesis must be completed within 12 months. Only students who have completed six courses in the Arts Administration master's degree program and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher may enroll in MET AR 810 and MET AR 811. Students are responsible for finding a thesis advisor and a principal reader within the department. The advisor must be a full-time faculty member; the principal reader may be part-time faculty member with a doctorate.  [ 2 cr. ]

    *Six concentration courses must be completed before enrolling in MET AR 802, MET AR 803, or MET AR 804.

    MET AR 804 may be substituted for MET AR 802/803 with advisor’s permission.

    Concentration Electives

    Students are encouraged to use their electives to broaden their understanding of arts administration. Elective credit may be taken from other departments within the University, after approval of the student’s advisor. Courses of particular interest include CAS AH 521 Curatorship and  CAS AH 520 Museums and Historical Agencies, offered by the Department of Art History (Museum Studies) in the graduate division of the College of Arts & Sciences.

    Group C: Optional—no more than one course (4 credits) from this group**

    History, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies, using Boston's excellent examples. Issues and debates confronting museums today examined in the light of historical development and changing communities. Emphasis on collecting, display and interpretation.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Hall CAS 303A R 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

    Topic for Spring 2016: Curating the Contemporary. Exhibitions of contemporary art have become more expansive and interdisciplinary in recent decades, challenging conventional norms of display and authorship. This course examines the theory, practice, and problems of curating exhibitions of contemporary art today.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Hall R 3:30 pm – 6:15 pm

    Foundations of professional principles and practice in public relations for corporate, governmental, and nonprofit organizations. Includes history, organization, and scope of the field; its roots in social science; types of campaigns and programs; and professional ethics. Theories, strategies, and tactics in current practice emphasized. Explores opportunities and requirement for work in the field.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Downes COM 213 W 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    B1 IND Downes COM 215 TR 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
    C1 IND Wright COM 109 TR 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

    Cultural tourism in the 21st century is more than the traditional passive activities of visiting a museum, hearing a concert or strolling down an historic street. It has become an active, dynamic branch of tourism in which half of all tourists have stated that they want some cultural activities during their vacation. In this course we will introduce various themes of cultural tourism including the relationship between the Tourist Industry and the Cultural Heritage Manager, conservation and preservation vs. utilization of a cultural asset, authenticity vs. commoditization, stakeholders and what should be their rights and obligations, tangible and intangible tourist assets, the role of government, private industry and the non-profit sectors in tourism planning and sustainable economic development. We will examine these themes in different areas of cultural tourism including the art industry, historical sites, cultural landmarks, special events and festivals, theme parks and gastronomy.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Mendlinger CAS 203 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    The course examines the concepts and applied techniques for cost effective management of both long-term development programs and projects. Project management principles and methodology are provided with special focus on planning, controlling, and coordinating individual and group efforts. Key topics of focus include overview of modern project management, organization strategy and project selection, defining a project and developing a project plan and scheduling resources, project risk analysis, work breakdown structures, and project networks. MS Project will be introduced in this course to provide hands-on practical skills with the above topics. Mastery of key tools and concepts introduced in this course provides a significant competitive advantage in the marketplace.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Cipriano MCS B25 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    B1 IND Warburton HAR 228 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    C1 IND Keegan FLR 121 W 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    D1 IND Maltzman CAS 326 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    O1 IND Greiman ARR
    BHA IND Campbell S 8:30 am – 4:00 pm
    BNR IND Kieffer U 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Keegan M 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
    B1 IND Cipriano T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
    D1 IND Keegan R 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
    O1 IND Greiman ARR

    Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Fall 2016
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    C1 IND Goncalves MCS B33 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    E1 IND Chee FLR 122 T 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
    E2 IND Page SHA 206 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    E3 IND Shahossini KCB 107 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
    O1 IND Chee ARR
    Spring 2017
    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    E1 IND Becker T 12:30 pm – 3:15 pm
    E2 IND Staff M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
    E3 IND Staff W 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm
    O1 IND Becker ARR

    A communications skills course designed to better understand the nature of conflict and its resolution through persuasion, collaboration, and negotiation. Students will learn theories of interpersonal and organizational conflict and its resolution as applied to personal, corporate, historical, and political contexts. Students will assess their own styles, skills, and values, and develop techniques to better resolve disputes, achieve objectives, and exert influence.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    D1 IND Williams SHA 201 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    This course will examine the special characteristics of heritage tourism: how it differs from other forms of tourism in terms of product definition, development, audience, management, ethics, and relation to the local, national, and international communities. Topics will include historic preservation, product presentation and interpretation, and issues of sustainability and place-making.   [ 4 cr. ]

    What does it mean to be a good leader? Can key elements of good leadership be identified? This dynamic course will start with an exploration of traditional and contemporary models of leadership, leadership development and management training. From there, participants will assess their own personal skills, preferences, aptitude and readiness to confront the challenges of leadership through a series of exercises, simulations and hands-on activities. Key elements of leadership, such as visiting, communicating, decision-making, team building and motivating will be studied and practiced. This course combines a thorough review of the theoretical aspects of leadership with the opportunity for "real world" applications through experiential learning.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Festivals and events are found in all societies. They are increasingly seen as unique tourist attractions and as destination image makers. Ranging from mega events such as the Olympics to small community festivals, they constitute one of the most exciting and fastest growing forms of sustainable cultural tourism. In this course students will learn how to plan, develop, and market festivals and events as tourism attractions. 4cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Those in leadership and managerial positions are often confronted with difficult decisions that have far-reaching implications and the ability to balance competing social and ethical values. This practical course explores different ways of approaching challenging ethical dilemmas through theories, cases, contemporary issues, and exercises -- and in the context of various cultures and business and organizational settings. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    B1 IND Halfond T 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Overview of the nature, function, practice, and social, economic, and behavioral aspects of advertising. Student teams develop advertising plans, create campaigns, and explore problems of account management, creativity, production, and ethics.   [ 4 cr. ]

    History, concepts, and methods of contemporary urban and regional planning practice. Governmental, nonprofit, and private settings of professional planning; plans, research, and policy development; uses and implementation of planning. Political analysis of planning issues, such as comprehensiveness, public interest, advocacy, negotiation, and future orientation. Case materials drawn from redevelopment, growth management, land use conflicts, and service delivery.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Dutta-Koehle CAS 226 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    The Boston based Urban Symposium will be a thematic Spring symposium, required for students in the Urban Affairs and City Planning programs. The class meetings will weave together the interdisciplinary nature of the urban planning and city planning professions. While the symposium topics will change each spring, professionals and industry leaders will be invited to lecture on their experiences, contemporary challenges to the professions, and major problems confronting the public and private sectors. Recognizing the unique and diverse characteristics of the Boston urban environment, the symposium themes will be drawn from topical issues that involve the greater Boston metropolitan area. The course features a combination of guest speakers and academic case studies that emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of urban planning.   [ 4 cr. ]

    Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
    A1 IND Sungu-Eryilm M 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

    Note: One additional course may be substituted from Group B.

    **Written approval of advisor required for CAS AH 520 or CAS AH 521.

    International Travel Study Courses

    The Arts Administration program is committed to exposing its students to the growing impact of globalization on the art world. As part of the curriculum, Arts Administration students are required to take an International Travel Study Course. Using the resources of Boston University and its partnerships with other institutions abroad, recent courses have been offered in Barcelona, Dublin, Brussels, London, and Havana.

    Internship

    Students matriculating in the Arts Administration program are required to have some direct work experience in arts organizations prior to degree conferral. A minimum of 36 of the 40 required credits 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.

    Internship Waiver

    Students with four or more years of professional arts organization work experience may waive the internship requirement with their advisor’s written consent. In consultation with their advisor, these students will select one of several options to fulfill their degree requirements.

    View course descriptions.