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Southern Utah University

Welcome to the Arts Administration Program at Southern Utah University. We offer a resident Master of Fine Arts degree, an online Master of Arts degree, and an undergraduate Minor in Arts Administration. Each program is designed to blend a love of the arts with the professional business skills necessary to promote, maintain, enhance, and fund arts organizations.

Goals and Objectives

The Arts Administration Program develops graduates who balance administrative systems with the creative process in an effort to ensure the artistic integrity and economic sustainability of arts organizations.

The Arts Administration Program will:

Provide a personalized, interdisciplinary education
Develop well-rounded professionals employable in any arts discipline
Offer a nonprofit management curriculum and experiential learning opportunities
Advocate for the arts

Learning Outcomes
The Arts Administration Program has five learning outcomes that build upon those of The College of Performing and Visual Arts and Southern Utah University. Students will:

Become empowered advocates for the arts
Apply scholarly theory directly into professional practice
Develop adaptability and critical thinking skills necessary to work in the arts
Cultivate both practical and creative approaches to problem solving.
Communicate in an effective and persuasive way


The Master of Fine Arts degree track at Southern Utah University is a two-year academic and experiential learning course of study that includes 60 credit hours combined with work opportunities through our professional affiliates, The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Southern Utah museum of Art, and the College of Performing and Visual Arts.


Principles of Arts Administration, Arts Advocacy & Cultural Policy, Board Relations & Planning, Marketing the Arts I & II, Legal Issues in the Arts, Managing the Finances of Arts Organizations, Accounting for Arts Administrators, Visual & Performing Arts Studies, Fund Development for Arts Administrators, Leadership Development in Arts, Grant Writing, Fundraising Event Planning, Professional Development & Projects, Professional Arts Internship, Capstone: Master of Fine Arts, Degree Defense


Applicants to the Arts Administration Program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or the international equivalent) in a relevant area of the arts, business, or the liberal arts. Students will be required to have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission consideration.

Admission Materials
The following materials must be sent to SUU Admissions by February 15 (Master of Fine Arts) and August 15 (Master of Arts):

SUU Graduate Programs Admissions application and the fee
Official transcripts from each college or university attended (unless the institution is SUU
Resume including academic, professional, and volunteer experience
Three (3) letters of recommendation
A Statement of Purpose

Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts Track who make it to the second stage of the admissions process must present themselves for an interview on-campus or at a professional conference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interview on-campus and to tour the Cedar City area and the professional affiliate organizations. The Program Director will contact qualified applicants to arrange the interview.

The Program Director and the AA Admissions Committee will assess the quality of the applicant based on the following areas:

Leadership skills as evidenced through the applicant’s undergraduate activities, civic volunteerism, internships with a professional arts organization, and/or a paid professional experience in arts or nonprofit organizations.
Communications skills as evidenced through a written Statement of Purpose addressing educational and career goals, and (MFA candidates only) a personal interview.
Preference is given to applicants who have work and/or volunteer experience in the arts or non-profit sector or related fields after completion of a bachelor's degree program.
The Program Director and the AA Admissions Committee may make exceptions to admissions policies on a case-by-case basis.

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University

Rachel Parker
Joshua Stavros
Bill Byrnes

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 435-865-7873

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