The Master of Arts Administration program offers a broad arts administration education as well as focus within specific areas of practice. The program fosters leadership and management skills, explores processes of innovation and creativity, and examines networks and sources of support, while drawing on sound business and administrative training. The program also makes use of local dynamic arts institutions and the smaller entrepreneurial arts and cultural organizations. Students receive the background to lead arts and cultural organizations such as theaters, musical ensembles including symphonies, orchestras, jazz and choral groups, galleries, museums, arts and culture festivals, arts centers, arts councils, local and regional arts boards, dance companies, community arts and cultural organizations among others. Students also will be equipped to create and lead smaller entrepreneurial arts and cultural organizations. The curriculum includes marketing, strategic communication, financial management, grant writing, venue and talent management, event planning, leadership and contemporary issues. The majority of courses are offered online, however some courses require face-to-face learning (depending on your track). The program requires a minimum total of thirty (30) credits. Curriculum may be fulfilled with a minimum of 28 credits of coursework and at least 2 credits of Master’s Essay Direction or Directed Study.
The program fosters leadership and management skills, explores processes of innovation and creativity, and examines networks and sources of support, while drawing on sound business and administrative training.
Detailed curricular information is available at http://theatreanddance.wayne.edu/theatre/ma-arts-administration.php
Applicants must meet requirements for admission to the Graduate School.
Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Visit the Graduate School Website.
Applicants must have at least a 3.0 ('B') grade point average in their undergraduate degree.
A minimum of fifteen semester credits in the area of specialization is preferred.
When applying, applicants must provide the following in addition to their WSU Graduate School application.
— Personal Statement & Statement of Objectives: Please upload one document that contains a 500-word personal statement followed by a 500-word statement on objectives. In your personal statement, please discuss your academic and professional background and how it has prepared you for admission to this program. In your statement of objectives, please articulate which of the three tracks you intend to pursue (Theatre Management, Gallery Management, Music Business) and how your current academic and professionals goals are related to the program, placing special emphasis on where and in what capacity you plan to implement your training in the professional field.
— A resume
— 3 letters of recommendation
— 3 samples of writing (business letters, memos, press releases, brochures, term papers, etc.)
Support material listed above must be e-mailed to: [email protected]
Alternatively, support materials may be or sent to:
Maggie Allesee Department of Theatre and Dance
Wayne State University
4841 Cass Ave., Ste. 3226
Detroit, MI 48202
Candidates for the Arts Administration program are required to be interviewed in person or via Skype. For the application, applicants are required to bring samples of their writing — such as letters, brochures, and press releases — and other materials (such as layouts, videos, artwork, and budgets) to support their candidacy.
Admission is based off audition and/or interview and you must also be admitted by The Graduate School at Wayne State University.
To apply, please visit the Graduate School Application Portal.
All coursework must be completed in accordance with Graduate School and the regulations governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Students may enroll on a full-time or part-time basis but must complete requirements within six years of admission.