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Master of Arts in Arts Administration

Dual Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Master of Arts in Folklore and Ethnomusicology (M.A.A.A.-M.A.F.E.)

The Indiana University Bloomington, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology offers a dual degree, Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Master of Arts in Folklore and Ethnomusicology. This degree is intended for a range of students, especially, although not exclusively, those interested in leadership and administration in museums and festivals. The two programs are each of national and international distinction. The dual degree gives students an opportunity over the course of three years of full time study (with a total of 60 credit hours), to earn degrees from each of these distinguished programs, combine classroom and practicum work from both programs.

Application and Admission

Students must apply for admission to the Master’s Programs for both the Arts Administration program at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology. Admissions criteria established for each program must be met; acceptance into one program does not guarantee acceptance into the other. To graduate under the dual degree option, the two degrees must be awarded simultaneously. 

M.A. in Arts Administration (36 hours)

Students are required to complete 36 credit hours of courses distributed among the MAAA core, experiential learning, and electives.

MAAA Requirement I: Core (24 credit hours)

Students are required to take the following courses:

AADM-Y 502 Introduction to Arts Administration and Organizational Behavior (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 504 Arts Organizations in the Public and Private Sectors (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 525 Museum Management (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 551 Cultural Planning and Urban Development (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 558 Fund Development for Nonprofit Organizations (3 cr.)
AADM-Y 562 Legal Issues in the Arts (3 cr.)
MAAA Requirement II: Experiential (6 credit hours)

Students must complete three 50-hour arts management practicum projects, as well as a 280-hour internship.

1. Practicum (Y550) – 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 one credit per semester, as long as the total number of credits equals three. Students should seek advice from an advisor before beginning practicum work.

2. Internship (Y750) – Each student is required to complete a 280-hour internship. These internships give students an excellent opportunity to apply classroom theory and techniques to real-life experiences. Students should register for AADM-Y 750 either in the summer between their second and third semesters, summer between their fourth and fifth or in the spring following the fifth semester in the program. Before registering, students must submit an internship contract with the Career Hub (SPEA 200) for approval. To obtain credit, students must complete all required paperwork.

Practicum and Internship Guidelines for International Master’s Candidates:
International Students completing their Master of Arts in Arts Administration must meet with an advisor from the Office of International Services prior to beginning practicum and internship work. Students must apply for curricular practical training (CPT) in each semester that they will complete practicum and/or internship work that is either off campus or a paid opportunity. Arts Administration requires immediate participation in Curricular Practical Training, and therefore a request for CPT must be made to the Office of International Services (OIS). A student may begin CPT only after receiving his or her Form I-20 with an endorsement from an advisor at OIS. For more information on CPT, please visit or call (812) 855-9086.

MAAA Requirement III: Seminar

Choose one of the following:

AADM-Y 650 Seminar in Arts Adminstration (3 cr.)
FOLK-F 850 Thesis (1-15 cr.)
MAAA Requirement IV: Electives (a maximum of 6 credit hours)

Depending on the capstone option chosen, 3-6 credit hours of arts administration electives are required, for a total of 36 credit hours in the arts administration program. Courses should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor.

MAFE Requirements (24 credit hours)

Students take at least 24 credit hours in folklore and ethnomusicology. For a complete list of folklore course options please visit the UGS Bulletin or

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