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Arts Administration

School of Public and Environmental Affairs

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(Please note that when conferring University Graduate School degrees, minors, certificates, and sub-plans, the University Graduate School’s staff use those requirements contained only in The University Graduate School Bulletin.)


Degree Offered
Master of Arts

Designed to train students for leadership roles in the arts and the creative industries, across all genres and sectors.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate degree with an outstanding academic record and commitment to the arts. Graduate Record Examination General Test (verbal and quantitative portions required). Fall enrollment only.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 45 credit hours including Arts Administration Y500, Y502, Y504, Y511, Y515, Y525, Y530, Y535, Y550, Y650, and Y750; and SPEA N558; plus 9 credit hours of electives to be selected in consultation with the assistant 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 (15 cr.)

  • AADM-Y502 Introduction to Arts Administration and Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y511 Performing Arts Center Management (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y525 Museum Management (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Spring Semester II (12 cr.)

  • AADM-Y504 Arts Organizations in the Public and Private Sectors (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y500 Legal Issues in the Arts (3 cr.)
  • Elective (3 cr.)

Fall Semester III (12 cr.)

  • AADM-Y515 Financial Management for the Arts (3 cr.)
  • AADM-Y650 Seminar in Arts Administration (Capstone) (3 cr.)
  • SPEA-N558 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.)
  • 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. 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.

Students may take any arts administration courses to fulfill the requirement (substitutions may be arranged with the Doctoral Advisor in Arts Administration).


  • Y502 Introduction to Arts Administration and Organizational Behavior
  • Y505 Programming in the Performing Arts
  • Y511 Performing Arts Center Management
  • Y515 Financial Management for the Arts 
  • Y522 IT Applications for the Arts
  • Y530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts
  • Y535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector
  • Y551 Cultural Planning and Urban Development
  • Y559 Public Policy and the Arts
  • SPEA-V525 Management for the Nonprofit Sector
  • SPEA-N558 Fund Development for Nonprofits
  • Y500 Topics courses (topics vary from semester to semester) Current topics include: The Arts and Social Change, Cultural Districts and Local Arts Policy, Graphic Design, Curating in Galleries and Museums, Legal Issues in the Arts

Doctoral Advisor, Arts Administration Faculty

Michael Wilkerson,, (812) 855-0282

Assistant Program Director, 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 Michael Wilkerson.

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

Doctoral Advisor, Arts Administration Faculty

Michael Wilkerson,, 812-855-2947

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