Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship

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Northeastern University College of Arts, Media & Design

The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship (AACE) is a 100% online graduate program that prepares arts leaders with the administrative, analytical, and technological skill sets necessary to excel within the complex, interdependent arts ecosystem.

Goals and Objectives

Arts administrators are the bridge between creative practitioners and audiences and between arts institutions and supportive stakeholders. In today’s digitally driven, highly competitive, and increasingly global economy, traditional institutions for visual and performing arts face critical sustainability challenges. Today's leaders in the arts must adopt the creative thinking and problem-solving skills of an entrepreneur in order to envision new models for creative practice, audience engagement, and funding.The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship (AACE) prepares arts leaders to both convey the human necessity of creative expression and apply creative thinking to manage resources, inspire audience engagement, and sustain financial support.


The MS consists of 30 credit hours. Students complete six required courses and four electives. Students may complete the entire program online or choose from a selection of on-campus electives offered through the College of Arts, Media and Design and D’Amore McKim School of Business. Sample courses include Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership, Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations, Experiential Study in Arts Administration, Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs, and Information Technology for Arts and Cultural Organizations.


Application requirements include an application form and fee, resume, personal statement, transcripts and degree confirmation, and two recommendation letters. The GRE is not required for admission.

Northeastern University College of Arts
Media & Design

Mara Sidmore

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 617-373-4067

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