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Degree Offered
Master of Arts

Designed to train men and women for leadership in arts centers, arts commissions and councils, and performing and visual arts organizations of all kinds.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree in fine arts, music, theatre and drama, business, or economics, with an outstanding academic record strongly recommended. Graduate Record Examination General Test (verbal and quantitative portions required). Fall enrollment only.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 45 credit hours including Arts Administration Y511, Y515, Y525, Y530, Y535, Y550, Y650, and Y750; Business L575; and SPEA V525 and V558; plus 9 credit hours of electives to be selected in consultation with the program director (see listings below for suggested acceptable courses).


A grade point average of 3.0 (B) or higher must be maintained.

Required Schedule of Study

Fall Semester I (13.5 cr.)

  • AADM-Y511 Performing Arts Center Management (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y515 Financial Management for the Arts (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y525 Museum Management (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Spring Semester II (13.5 cr.)

  • AADM-Y502 Orginizational Behavior and Arts Management (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (3 cr.)
  • BUS-L575 Legal Issues in the Arts (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Fall Semester III (12 cr.)

  • AADM-Y650 Seminar in Arts Administration (Capstone) (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-V558 Fund Development for Nonprofits (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Summer between semesters II and III OR Spring Semester IV (3 cr.)

  • AADM-Y750 Internship (3 cr.)
  • Practicum (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y550 Practicum (3 cr.)

Three different 50-hour arts management projects are completed throughout the three semesters of coursework. Students can register for all three credits at once or 1 credit per semester, so long as the total number of credits equals three. Students can register for the Y550 Practicum at any time, but generally register simultaneously with the Y750 Internship.  

Opportunities for Non-Majors
Doctoral Minor in Arts Administration

(Required 4 courses, 12 credit hours)

The Ph.D. minor should be negotiated with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Doctoral Advisor in Arts Administration, Dr. Michael Rushton. Students may petition to take Arts Administration courses (AADM-Y) as long as Arts Administration majors are accommodated with room in the classes to authorize non-majors. For a more research-oriented minor, the student should work with the SPEA Director of Doctoral Programs to construct an independent minor including doctoral research seminars.

The Ph.D. Minor is required to take the following courses:

  • AADM-Y535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector (by permission)
  • SPEA-V525 Management for the Nonprofit Sector
  • SPEA-V558 Fund Development for Nonprofits

Select one additional course from the following to complete the Ph.D. minor requirements:


  • V516 Public Management Information Systems
  • V519 Database Management Systems
  • V521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • V540 Law and Public Affairs
  • V547 Negotiation and Dispute Resolution for Public Affairs
  • V560 Public Finance and Budgeting
  • V561/V522 Human Resources Management
  • V562 Public Program Evaluation
  • V569 Managing Interpersonal Relations
  • V602 Strategic Management of Public and Nonprofit Organizations


  • Y412 Opera Management
  • Y502 Organizational Behavior and Arts Management
  • Y505 Programming in the Performing Arts
  • Y511 Performing Arts Center
  • Y515 Financial Management for Artistic Organizations
  • Y530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts
  • Y555 IT Applications for the Arts
  • Y559 Public Policy and the Arts
  • Y564 The Economics and Administration of Artistic Organizations
  • Y500 Topics courses (topics vary from semester to semester) Current topics include: Repertoire Appraisal for Arts Managers

Doctoral Advisor, Arts Administration Faculty

Dr. Michael Rushton, mirushto [at] indiana [dot] edu, (812) 855-2947

Program Coordinator, Arts Administration Staff

Megan Starnes, merflynn [at] indiana [dot] edu, (812) 855-0282

Jacobs School of Music Master’s Outside Field of Study

(Required 2 courses, 6 credit hours)

The Master’s in Outside Field of Study should be negotiated with the Jacobs School of Music with permission from the Arts Administration Department and upon advice from Dr. Michael Rushton.

Jacobs School of Music Graduate Academic Advising office Merrill Hall 011; (812) 855-1738

Doctoral Advisor, Arts Administration Faculty

Dr. Michael Rushton, mirushto [at] indiana [dot] edu, 812-855-2947

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