Rider University

Arts Management and Executive Leadership

Rider’s Arts Management & Executive Leadership master’s program supplements a working professional’s toolkit and/or bolsters undergraduates with the skills and expertise needed to compete and advance to executive positions in the arts & entertainment industries. The program helps position successful candidates for advancement while honing leadership practices and perspectives that inspire others. The industry-forward curriculum delivers essential executive knowledge and practical skills ranging from legal, ethical and equitable practices to fund development, constituency-building and community engagement. Rider is committed to broadening and boosting professional opportunities as masters candidates network with and learn from established, working industry leaders who teach within the program, representing more than a combined century of industry leadership among them.

Goals and Objectives

Rider's MA in Arts Management & Executive Leadership will contribute significantly to the next generation of arts executive by training leaders who are: VISIONARY… who can articulate, strategize from, lead with and inspire others with clear and compelling vision.
CONTEXTUAL… who seek out, employ, and lead others in context of field-related and significantly broader perspectives and influences.
INTEGRATIVE… who strategize and lead from a holistic, integrated systems perspective.
RESPONSIBLE… who lead and inspire others to operate ethically, legally, equitably and with care.


Rider's MA in Arts Management & Executive Leadership curriculum delivers the essential core elements that build confident, caring, vision-driven leaders. In addition to pre-MBA leadership, accounting & organizational management courses through our AACSB-Accredited Norm Brodsky College of Business, candidates delve into advanced concepts of:

MANAGING Arts & Institutions - Principles & Practice: Foundational components of instituional strategic & business plan development, implementation & assessment

MARKETING Arts & Institutions - Principles & Practice: Foundational components of arts marketing strategies, tactics & assessment

FUNDING Arts & Institutions - Principles & Practice: Foundational components of arts fundraising strategies, tactics & assessment

INTERSECTING Law & The Arts: Historically-significant perspectives and constitutional questions of artistic expression & their impact on arts & institutions

ADVANCING Arts & Institutions: Integrative strategies for long-term institutional & field advancement, sustainability and legacy-building

ADVOCATING Arts & Institutions: Societal, Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Arts Policy, Practices and Procedures & their impacts on institutions

ENGAGING Arts & Institutions: Integrated approaches to Vision-centric, Mission-driven community enrichment engagement in the Arts

SURVEYING Arts Institutions: Comprehensive, case-based assessment of significant institutions, instituional governance & leadership

LEADING & GOVERNING Arts Institutions: Strategic Methods, Analytical Approaches and Best Practices for Arts Executives, Boards & Stakeholders

SYNTHESIZING & APPLYING cumulative prep and application, either by way of traditional thesis-oriented or otherwise project-oriented capstone


Applications are accepted year-round.

To be considered, you must:

Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
Complete and submit Rider's Graduate Application for Admission;
Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended; and
Provide a current résumé

Rider University
2083 Lawrenceville Road
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
United States

Todd Dellinger

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 609-896-5246

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