MFA Arts Leadership and Culture Management

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University of Connecticut

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Arts Leadership and Administration prepares individuals to take on leadership and management roles in arts, culture, and creative sectors. Students acquire skills for managing the financial, budgetary, fundraising, advocacy, and marketing aspects of creative sector organizations, combined with entrepreneurial know-how. Coursework emphasizes practical application combined with theoretical reflection, critical inquiry, and higher order decision-making abilities. Internships with leading organizations and other work/learn opportunities are integral to the program. As the demand for individuals to take on leadership roles in the creative sector grows, graduates of this program will be able to meet the challenge in for profit, non-profit, and governmental arenas.

Goals and Objectives

Recipients of the MFA Arts Leadership and Cultural Management at University of Connecticut, will:

Develop an informed sense of the intersection of arts/culture with historical, political, and cultural events;
Manage arts and cultural projects, events, and programs for the benefit of diverse publics;
Perform research for effective management, leadership, advocacy, and related functions;
Develop successful strategies for governance, marketing, fundraising, development;
Gain facility in leadership strategies for arts and culture management and advocacy;
Critically analyze current and past practices in arts and culture management to envision more effective modes of practice.


The core curriculum focuses on preparing students for management level leadership positions in arts and cultural organizations. All courses involve active project work grounded in the development of critical problem solving, theoretical reflection, research, and collaboration. The 60-credit MFA program includes governance and leadership, fundraising and development, marketing, and intensive preparation for the completion of the final MFA project. Seminar courses allow exploration of timely issues. Students also take electives in areas of specialty.


Admission requirements:

BA or BS degree completed with minimum 3.0 GPA
Official transcripts of all undergraduate work
Letters of recommendation
Resume or CV
Personal statement

Financial aid and Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified applicants. GA positions come with tuition waiver and monthly stipend.

To apply visit our website.

University of Connecticut

Prof. Constance DeVereaux
Heather Kitchen

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 860-486-1210

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