Why UM-Flint

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

Today’s expanding world of performance and visual arts requires leadership with vision. Transform your passion for the arts into a rewarding professional career as a manager, collaborator, and leader. Offered through the renowned Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, this degree allows you to pursue a career in the field that fits your interests. You’ll earn a Master of Arts in Arts Administration from a school that offers a wide range of learning experiences in partnership with the area’s leading arts institutions. You’ll emerge from the program well prepared to assume a leadership role in an array of professional capacities.


The Arts Administration program can be completed either full or part-time. The full-time degree completion plan is two years, while the part-time degree completion plan is approximately three years. Directed research courses, internships, and frequent evening classes make the program flexible for a variety of schedules and needs. Each student will work with his/her faculty academic advisor to progress at his/her own pace.

Final Project

Arts Administration students now have three final project pathways to graduate:

  1. Master’s Thesis (requires 6 credits, ADM 600 & ADM 601)
  2. Master’s Project (requires 6 credits, ADM 603 & ADM 602)
  3. Executive Methods Coursework (requires 6 credits, ADM 603 & ADM 599)

For details on these options, please feel free to contact the program director, Nicole Broughton, MFA. 


The program offers a choice of two learning paths to suit your career aspirations and interests. The Museum and Visual Arts track prepares students for management roles in a gallery, museum, or other visual arts organizations. The Performance track prepares students to advance as leaders in the fields of dance, music, and theatre.


Arts Administration faculty hold terminal degrees in their field and are experienced instructors and advisors with expertise in the diverse disciplines that are relevant to arts professionals. Performing arts faculty are active in their own practice, regularly participating in productions all over the state, while museum-track faculty are accomplished researchers with extensive experience partnering with arts institutions.

community RESOURCES

The city of Flint’s rich and diverse arts community is an invaluable source of inspiration, information, and ideas. UM-Flint’s long standing 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. Also, 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 Master of Arts in Arts Administration program will prepare you for leadership roles in organizations such as arts centers, choruses, government, museums, opera companies, symphony orchestras, private arts agencies, arts councils, community arts programs, and more. The program enables you to develop fiscal, marketing, and management skills, and become a valued and effective leader in your company or organization.



A. Core Courses (18 credits)

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.

  • ADM 501 - Museum, Gallery & Performance Administration (3)
  • ADM 506 - Arts Grant Writing (3)
  • ADM 509 - Marketing, Fund-Raising and Planned Giving (3)
  • ADM 510 - Fundraising and Planned Giving (3)
  • ADM 561 - Theory, History and Criticism of Ways of Seeing (3)
  • ADM 595 - Internship (3)
B. Concentration (12 credits)

One of the following tracks:

Museum and Visual Arts Track
  • ADM 519 - Connoisseurship (3)
  • ADM 579 - Advanced Museum and Gallery Management (3)
    One from:
  • ADM 511 - History of Contemporary Art (3)
  • ADM 512 - History of North-American Art (3)
    One from:
  • ADM 521 - Introduction to Curatorial and Exhibition Practices (3)
  • ADM 523 - History of Collection and Exhibition Practices (3)
Performance Track
  • ADM 517 - Stage Craft Basics, Terminology and Management (3)
  • ADM 550 - Safety Applications for Arts and Events Management (3)
  • ADM 551 - Patron Services Management (3)
  • ADM 580 - Advanced Production Management (3)
C. Thesis/Master’s Project/Executive Methods (6 credits)

One of the following tracks:

Thesis Track
  • ADM 600 - Thesis or Master’s Project Research (1-3)
  • ADM 601 - Thesis (1-3)
Master’s Project Track
  • ADM 602 - Master’s Project (1-3)
  • ADM 603 - Executive Seminar in Arts Administration (3)
Executive Methods Track
  • ADM 599 - Special Topics in Arts Administration (3)
  • ADM 603 - Executive Seminar in Arts Administration (3)

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. Read More



  • Bachelor’s degree in an arts-related field from a regionally accredited institution or experience working within the arts (coupled with a bachelor’s degree)
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Candidates who do not have an undergraduate degree in an arts or humanities degree related to the program’s subject areas may be considered for admission if they can demonstrate expertise in at least one area related to arts and humanities study.


To be considered for admission, submit an online application below. Other materials can be emailed to FlintGradOffice@umich.edu or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

Application Dates

Submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Programs by 5 p.m. on the day of the application deadline. This program offers rolling admission with monthly application reviews. To be considered for admission, all application materials must be submitted on or before:

Application deadlines are as follows:

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

*You must have a complete application by the early deadline to guarantee application eligibility 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 October 1 for the winter semester.