Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MA)

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.

Flexible to Fit Your Schedule
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 pathways to graduate:

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

The Master’s Thesis is a traditional written thesis that will prepare you to continue on to a doctoral program and/or career in academic research.

The Master’s Project is an excellent choice for students who wish to start their own companies, create realized museum displays or create something new and exciting in the world of arts management.

Executive Methods Coursework prepares students who are currently in or wish to go directly into the field of arts management.  You will leave with a portfolio showcasing the skills learned in the program and what you can bring to a prospective employer as well as additional coursework dealing with contemporary issues.

Reach Your Goals
The program offers multiple 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.

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.

Tangible Results
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.

Academic Advising

At UM-Flint, we are proud to have many dedicated advisors who are the experts students can rely upon to help guide their educational journey. Book an appointment today.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 or delivered to the Office of Graduate Programs, 251 Thompson Library.

  • Application for Graduate Admission
  • $55 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Statement of Purpose describing your reasons for pursuing the degree
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your potential for advanced academic study
  • International students must submit additional documentation. This program is an on-campus program. Admitted students are eligible to obtain a student visa (F visa).
    International students cannot complete this program online in their home country. 

Application Deadlines
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.