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.
  • 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 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 (27 credits).
      ADM 501 - Museum, Gallery & Performance Administration.  
      ADM 504 - Aesthetics and Criticism in the Arts.  
      ADM 506 - Arts Grant Writing.   
      ADM 509 - Arts Marketing.  
      ADM 510 - Fundraising and Planned Giving.  
      ADM 595 - Internship. 
      ADM 599 - Seminar in Executive Arts Administration. 
      AMC 500 - Research Foundations.  
      PUB 518 - Budgeting in Public and Nonprofit Organizations.    

B.  Concentration (3 credits). One of the following:

      Museum and Visual Arts
ADM 579 - Advanced Museum and Gallery Management.  
      Performance (Music, Theatre and/or Dance)
      ADM 580 - Advanced Production Management.                                          

C.  Electives (6 credits). From:

      ADM 507 - Art, Ethics and Community Service.   
      ADM 590 - Independent Study in Administration.  
      PUB 502 - Management in Public and Nonprofit Organizations. 
      PUB 504 - Ethical Issues in Public Administration.  
      PUB 508 - Evaluation of Services and Programs.  
      PUB 519 - Law and Administrative Processes.  
      PUB 520 - Resource Development and Administration.  
      PUB 524 - Employment, Law and Public Policy.  
      PUB 525 - Legal and Regulatory Issues in Nonprofit Administration.  
      PUB 526 - Staffing Public Sector Organizations.  
      PUB 572 - Work, Occupations and Professions.          

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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