MA in Arts Administration

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Baruch College / City University of New York (CUNY)

Located in the heart of New York City, the Baruch MA program trains the next generation of leaders in the arts and culture field. As both partner and supporter of the city’s world-renowned museums, theaters, galleries, and cultural institutions, our program allows students to explore and engage with the wide range of public, private, and non-profit arts institutions in our field, providing students the opportunity to fully develop as arts leaders. This program is open to both full-time and part-time students, with courses offered at our centrally located Manhattan campus on weekday evenings. Our faculty are leading educators and practitioners from diverse fields, including fine and performing arts, communication studies, public policy, accounting, management, and organization theory. A truly interdisciplinary program, students take courses across Baruch’s three award-winning schools: the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Students benefit from an integrated curriculum that incorporates arts, culture, management, and public policy. Our students graduate with new skills and deeper confidence as they assume roles of arts executives, managers, educators and advocates.

Goals and Objectives

The Baruch MA in Arts Administration program’s core objective is to provide innovative arts leadership training to a diverse population of students. Through our public institution, we provide affordable access to exceptional faculty and professional engagement for students ranging from early- to mid-career arts and business professionals, as well as those seeking a career change into the field of arts administration.

The Baruch MA in Arts Administration program delivers on five core areas of competency essential for today’s arts administration professionals.

1. STRUCTURE: An understanding of the political, social, technological and economic contexts and structures in the field of arts administration.

2. LEADERSHIP: The ability to understand, evaluate, and address the unique opportunities, challenges and threats facing artists and cultural organizations currently, with particular focus in areas of innovative leadership, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.

3. COMMUNICATION AND APPLICATION: The ability to communicate clearly and compellingly in written and spoken word applying business, management and leadership skills to arts organizations.

4. PUBLIC POLICY: An understanding of government policy and its application for arts organizations within the context of current and innovative trends in the field; as well as the modes of advocacy best applicable to different types of arts organizations and professionals.

5. PROFICIENCY: The ability to support the artist’s practice and cultural organizations through relationship building, resource development, marketing and audience development, strategic planning, community engagement, and research methodology.


The 36 credit (approx. 2 years) MA program consists of a core curriculum of eight courses and four electives. The eight courses that make up our core curriculum develop our students’ competencies across areas essential to future leaders in the arts administration field.

Wide-ranging elective options, including many in the renowned Zicklin School of Business and Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, allow students to deepen their knowledge within specific areas of interest as well as explore disciplines new to them. Students are expected to study across artistic disciplines to increase their awareness of the field as a whole and better prepare them for success in our fast-paced and ever-changing field.

With a practical approach and the benefits of our location in one of the cultural capitals of the world, the program encourages students to engage in professional internships and, in their final semester, students develop a consultancy with an arts organization, leading to a thesis or case study for use by the organization, as well as future students and practitioners in the field.

For a full list of courses, please see our website.


The MA program admits students each semester. The preferred application deadline for fall semester is May 15; the spring preferred deadline is November 15. Applications submitted after this date are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Admission requirements:

- Completed Online Application
- Application Fee (non-refundable)
- Official Transcripts
- Resume
- Personal Essay
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- TOEFL (if applicable)

Please see our website for more information and to apply.

Baruch College / City University of New York (CUNY)

David Milch

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 646-312-4490

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