Arts Administration

Major: Arts Administration
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.1002
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 13-1011

 

About the Program

The MS in Arts Administration program is designed to provide academic preparation for leadership positions with creative enterprises, foundations, corporations, and government agencies involved in the arts and culture sector.

Students may enroll in the program on a full- or part-time basis. The program is designed to accommodate working students, so all classes are offered in the evening or online. Students must matriculate in either the campus or online program, but students in either program may take some courses in the other program.  

Students should plan to enter the program at the start of the fall term. Full-time arts administration students may complete the degree in five consecutive terms when beginning in the fall term, and part-time students typically take seven to eight terms to complete the degree.

Professional Opportunities

Graduates of the program serve in various administrative capacities with museums, galleries, historical societies, government agencies, performing arts organizations, arts centers, and philanthropic and corporate foundations.

Admission Requirements

Requirements for Admission

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to graduate studies, applicants should present a résumé demonstrating a strong affinity for the field through work, volunteer experiences, education, or special training. Undergraduate preparation must include at least one course in financial accounting, two courses in the history or literature of an art form, and/or two courses in the practical or creative aspects of an art. Applicants who lack this preparation (or the equivalent) must complete work in the above areas during the first two terms in the program.

An important part of the admissions process is a personal interview with the Program Director. Potential applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview through the Department of Arts & Entertainment Enterprise 215.895.2453 once the application is processed through Graduate Admissions. 

Financial Assistance

A limited number of assistantships are available to students in the campus program. Students should have experience in gallery management, public relations or newsletter writing/editing, and should indicate their interest in these positions in their initial letters of inquiry. Students are also encouraged to explore other assistantships available across the University. In the past, arts administration students have held positions in the honors program, the Greek Life Office, the Leadership Program, and the College of Evening and Professional Studies. Awards are made annually on a competitive basis.

Students in the online program only may qualify for a tuition discount through Drexel's partnership with Americans for the Arts.

Dean's Fellowship

In addition to teaching and research assistantships, the College of Arts and Sciences also awards 10 Dean's Fellowships per year to full-time students in the campus program. These highly competitive awards are granted across the College, and come with a $5,000 stipend supplement for each of the first two years of study in addition to any other support a student receives.

For additional information on requirements and how to apply, visit Graduate Admissions at Drexel University.

Degree Requirements

Each student is assisted with the planning and completion of a program of study in accordance with the student’s needs and career goals. Each candidate for the MS in arts administration must complete 45 credits, including courses in cultural policy, management skills, and fund development. To enable the student to tailor the program of study to meet his or her career goals, a variety of electives are offered. Students may identify tracks in marketing, fund development, finance, or research through their selection of electives.

Many of our students work in an appropriate related arts job associated with a professional arts organization. After completing all core courses, some students choose to complete an internship within the arts and cultural community. The student's thesis grows out of the internship experience or can address a research topic that the student chooses to explore further.

Curriculum

Professional Requirements
AADM 505Overview of the Arts3.0
AADM 520Creative Enterprise and Innovation3.0
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
AADM 620Legal and Ethical Issues in the Arts3.0
AADM 650Revenue Development in the Arts3.0
AADM 675Marketing and Engagement in the Arts3.0
AADM 710Leadership, Strategy and Planning in the Arts3.0
AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0
AADM 770Technology Tools for Cultural Managers3.0
AADM 785Research Design in the Arts3.0
AADM 798Thesis Development 6.0
Electives *9.0
Sample Elective Offerings
International Cultural Policy
Special Topics in Arts Administration
Leadership in the Arts
Human Resources Management in the Arts
Production Laboratory in the Arts
Arts Entrepreneurship
Arts in Education
Creative Placemaking
Performing Arts Management
Visual Arts Organization Management
Museum Management
Community Cultural Planning
Political Activism in the Arts
Cultural Organizations in Transition
Special Problems in Arts Management
Technology Management in the Arts
Applied Research Methods
Thesis Completion
Human Resource Administration
Leading for Innovation
Contemporary Art Issues
Total Credits45.0
*

All Business electives must be approved by advisor and require registration through the MBA office.

Additional Electives not on the pre-approved list must be at the 600 level or above and require advisor approval.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
AADM 505Overview of the Arts3.0
AADM 520Creative Enterprise and Innovation3.0
AADM 620Legal and Ethical Issues in the Arts3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 2
AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0
AADM 650Revenue Development in the Arts3.0
AADM 675Marketing and Engagement in the Arts3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 3
AADM 770Technology Tools for Cultural Managers3.0
AADM 785Research Design in the Arts3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 4
AADM 798Thesis Development 3.0
AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Term 5
AADM 798Thesis Development 3.0
AADM 710Leadership, Strategy and Planning in the Arts3.0
Elective3.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 45.0

Arts Administration Faculty

Jean Brody, DFA (Yale School of Drama) Program Director, Online MS in Arts Administration. Associate Teaching Professor. Arts administration.
Julie Hawkins, MFA (Temple University) Program Director, MS in Arts Administration. Assistant Professor. Cultural policy, political activism in the arts, changes in economic and social policy, arts sector changes.
Neville Vakharia, MS (Drexel University) Research Director. Assistant Professor. Technology in the arts, strategic planning and evaluation, management and leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Andrew Zitcer, PhD (Rutgers University) Thesis Director. Assistant Professor. Arts and community development, community based organizations, governance modes, organizational planning, narrative and social theory.
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