Why UM-Flint

What Sets UM-Flint's Arts Administration (MA) Program Apart?

  • Offered through the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies, the Arts Administration program is customized to prepare leaders in the design, implementation, and management of arts activities and facilities.
  • The program focuses on leadership and other advanced skills in a wide range of areas such as artistic traditions and aesthetic styles, gallery and production management, grant writing, personnel policies, fiscal management, and marketing.
  • The curriculum is composed of a set of core courses with specializations in Museum & Visual Arts (museum, galleries) and Performance (music, theatre, and dance). Core courses focus on areas that are essential for all arts administrators, while specialized courses examine selected areas of study in greater depth.
  • Internship gives students a chance to round out their education and experience
  • UM-Flint’s MA in Arts Administration is a two-year, part-time program consisting of 36 credit hours.
  • Two concentrations are offered: Museum & Visual Arts, and Performance.
  • Classes are held on UM-Flint’s campus, primarily in the evening.
  • The city of Flint’s rich and diverse arts community is an invaluable source of inspiration, information, and ideas. UM-Flint’s longstanding relationship with such community partners as the Flint Institute of Arts, Flint Institute of Music, Sloan Museum, and others provides our students with endless opportunities to explore new possibilities.
  • As part of the world renowned University of Michigan system, UM-Flint can tap additional resources, expertise, and contacts at our sister campuses in Dearborn and Ann Arbor to assist our students, their research, and other initiatives.

The MA in Arts Administration will prepare you for leadership roles in organizations such as arts centers, symphony orchestras, opera companies, choruses, museums, government and private arts agencies, community arts programs, arts councils, and more.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in the arts (visual art, theatre, dance, music, etc.) from an accredited institution
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants with a major other than the arts but a professional background in management may be considered if they demonstrate skills (performance, exhibits, directing, designing, etc.) in one of the arts areas. Students without any academic or professional background in at least one of the arts areas will not be admitted.


To be considered for admission, submit the following to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library:

Application Deadlines

The program has rolling admissions and reviews completed applications each month.

Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall (early deadline*) – May 1
  • Fall (final deadline) – August 1
  • Winter – November 15   

*You must apply for admission by the early deadline to be eligible for scholarships, grants, and research assistantships.

International students are required to apply earlier than the deadlines posted here. The final deadlines for international students are May 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the winter semester.


Arts Administration (Master of Arts)


A.  Core Courses (18 credits).
      ADM 501 - Museum, Gallery & Performance Administration.        
      ADM 506 - Arts Grant Writing.   
      ADM 509 - Marketing, Fund-Raising and Planned Giving.  (taken twice).           
      ADM 561 - Theory, History and Criticism of Ways of Seeing. 
      ADM 595 - Internship.  

Core courses must be taken in the sequence specified for the program.  No more than 6 credits of coursework should be completed in online courses.

B.  Concentration (12 credits). One of the following tracks:

 Museum and Visual Arts Track

  1.       ADM 519 - Connoisseurship. 
  2.       ADM 579 - Advanced Museum and Gallery Management.  
  3.       One from:
          ADM 511 - History of Contemporary Art.  
          ADM 512 - History of North-American Art.  
  4.       One from:
          ADM 521 - Introduction to Curatorial and Exhibition Practices.  
          ADM 523 - History of Collection and Exhibition Practices.  

 Performance Track
      ADM 517 - Stage Craft Basics, Terminology and Management.  
      ADM 550 - Safety Applications for Arts and Events Management.  
      ADM 551 - Patron Services Management.  
      ADM 580 - Advanced Production Management.                                          

C.  Thesis/Thesis Project (6 credits).
      ADM 600 - Thesis or Thesis Project Research.   

Thesis Requirement
Students must complete a thesis or thesis project within 5 years of having begun the program, and ideally, at the end of 2 years in the program.  Students must pass a thesis defense hosted by a thesis committee of at least three program faculty members in order to obtain the degree.  (When appropriate, one faculty member may be substituted with a community partner of relevance.)

Thesis Project/Thesis Proposal
Students must pass a proposal presentation of their project/thesis to their thesis committee by the end of the second semester in the program.  More information is provided in a proposal guide.

Transfer of Credit
Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate credit completed at an accredited institution may be accepted for transfer. Transfers of credit are subject to the approval of the program director.


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