Arts Administration

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University of Cincinnati

CCM, in partnership with UC’s nationally ranked Lindner College of Business, boasts one of the few MA/MBA graduate arts administration programs in the United States. The program aims to train future CEOs and senior managers of nonprofit arts institutions. This rigorous 2-year program accepts approximately 8-10 students each year.

Beyond the Classroom
The arts administration program places a strong emphasis on acquiring real-world experience. Students are expected to hold an internship each semester with an arts organization within Cincinnati. In the summer between the first and second year, students work full time at summer internships in organizations all over the country.

After Graduation
Many alumni go on to prestigious positions in both small and large not-for-profit arts organizations, while others start their own organizations. Read about their professional experiences on our Featured Alumni page.

Goals and Objectives

The UC/CCM Graduate Arts Administration Program exists to prepare and train students to become successful CEOs and senior managers of nonprofit arts and cultural institutions. The philosophy and structure of the program reflects the understanding that sound business training and practical, real-world exposure to the field are both essential qualities of a successful arts administrator. The program further recognizes that the successful arts administrator has the leadership capacity to adapt classical theories and practices to the management of a complex and changing arts environment.

Curriculum Goals
After completing this advanced degree, graduates possess specific core competencies in:

Strategic planning and decision making
Financial analysis and budget management

Leadership, organizational development and management of complex, changing organizational environments including:

Dynamics and logistics of institutional development including:
Marketing and revenue generation
Fundraising in its many facets
Education and outreach
Community relations
Production and distribution of art
Technology management and training
Legal, ethical and policy environments for the arts


The MA/MBA track offers a wide variety of courses in both Arts Administration and Business, aiming to give students a comprehensive view of the arts sector, nonprofit, for-profit and global business environments.

View course requirements for degree programs and class offerings in the area of Arts Administration


MA Degree Requirements

Completion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Please note:
The GMAT is no longer required for those planning on also applying to the MBA program; either the GMAT or the GRE is acceptable for application to both the MA and MA/MBA programs.

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate program
Completion of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (international applicants only)

MA Degree Process
Complete the online MA Application for Arts Administration.
Retrieve the following information to complete your application:

Official GMAT or GRE scores
Current Resume referencing details specific to arts administration experience (internships and positions held etc.)
Essay outlining professional goals and reasons for graduate study of arts administration
3 letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from all universities attended
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Any items that you did not submit online and need to be mailed should be sent to the below address:
University of Cincinnati, CCM Graduate Admissions
College-Conservatory of Music
P.O. Box 210003
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0003

Please submit the materials listed above within four weeks of application submission. All materials must be received before the deadline as interview decisions will not be made prior to receipt of all materials.

Arts Administration faculty will arrange interviews in Cincinnati for qualified applicants. In cases where distance and cost are prohibitive, Skype interviews may be substituted.

University of Cincinnati

Prof. Jean Hamilton

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 513-556-4383

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