Arts Management

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University at Buffalo - SUNY

Arts managers matter because they are the ultimate mediators between the arts and its best audience. Arts leaders must negotiate the increasingly complex cultural, socioeconomic, legal, and political systems that challenge sustainable arts environments.

The University at Buffalo’s MA in Arts Management prepares you to face these challenges. Through its unique blend of critical inquiry, analysis, and experiential learning, the program builds your capacity to identify and solve the problems inherent in the areas of arts management, production, and cultural policymaking.

Goals and Objectives

The Program values the “how to’s” of arts management – sound business acumen, marketing, public relations and communication, fundraising, grantwriting, advocacy, law, cultural policy and more. These skills are necessary for an arts manager to function. But only through a critical lens can we begin to examine *why* these skills/systems and their application are important. Critical inquiry helps us understand the social, political, and economic pressures that influence the day-to-day management of the arts and prepares us to better forecast, adapt to, and create changes that will ensure sustainable arts environments.

There are no prescriptive methods in arts management; each context is different. Arts environments need critically informed managers that can evaluate and analyze contexts in order to reshape, leverage, and transform systems to benefit artists, arts organizations, and audiences. Prepare yourself to make an impact; join UB Arts Management.


In today's world of change, the arts need managers that know the power of persuasion, data collecting and analysis, and design to market, finance, and advocate effectively for sustainable arts environments. Equally important, they need to understand the pressures and cultural systems to be negotiated in order to be successful.

UB’s Arts Management program prepares you for this work. You will take courses in business and law; cultural policy and theory as a foundation to understand changes in local, national, and international art landscapes; and finish with hands-on, experiential practice with existing arts entities and institutions.


Applications for Fall are now open; priority deadline is January 31. Applications will be considered following that date on a rolling basis. Prospective students should be prepared to complete our online application form and submit a resume, an academic writing sample, a personal statement, two references, and official transcripts from each college or university that they have attended as a full-time student. International students will need to supply English Language Proficiency Scores (TOEFL: Preferably 250 CAT/600 paper/ 100 iBT; IELTS: 7.0 Overall/ 6.5 individual band score minimum), an English translation of transcript, and a copy of the first page of the student's current passport.

University at Buffalo - SUNY

Dr. Katja Praznik
Dr. Miriam Paeslack

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 716-645-0766

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