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Master of Arts Administration

To become a successful arts administrator and meet the evolving needs of the field, students need applied leadership acumen as well as the creative tools to facilitate and evaluate the needs of arts organizations.

The Master of Arts Administration (M.A.A.) degree at OHIO harnesses the interdisciplinary and creative power of the College of Fine Arts with an innovative curricular approach that merges arts administration knowledge with training in discipline-specific arts management. Foundational courses that emphasize arts leadership, governance, management, and development are taken alongside courses in a chosen specialized arts area.

Focused on training the artist-administrator, the degree is uniquely tailored to provide mentorship, experiential and community-engaged learning opportunities, an examination of access and equity in the arts, and career readiness. Students become equipped to helm arts and cultural organizations, navigate unique challenges in the nonprofit sector, and advocate for policies, resources, and programs that support arts organizations. Graduates of the program will become effective leaders who have meaningful, sustainable impact in the organizations and communities they serve.


Why Arts Administration?

Hear directly from current students: Alexandria Eberly, Mariah Berryman, Cris Shell and Marrisha Devereueawax-Coates share their thoughts about the MAA degree program.

"Every single day in the arts administration program, I am excited to go into the classroom. It is so refreshing to walk into a space and be surrounded by peers who want to be there and care about what they are doing and professors who deeply care about the success of their students." - Alexandria Eberly

Every student enrolled in the Master of Arts Administration program completes four required foundational courses, chooses one area of specialization, and concludes with a professional internship.


Innovating Arts Administration: Insights from Rachel Cornish and Kaitlyn Hardiman

April 10, 2024

Ohio University's Master of Arts Administration (MAA) program is at the forefront of preparing arts administrators for the challenges of tomorrow. 

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MAA Student Engaged in Valuable Internship for Spring 2024

March 5, 2024

Laurel Nolin, a Master of Arts Administration (MAA) student at Ohio University, secured an internship with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) as the Development Intern for Spring 2024.

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Creative Case Studies: ATool to Engage with the Field

November 16, 2023

The Master of Arts Administration (MAA) program at OHIO is focused on fostering Artist-Administrators. During fall semester, one assignment for graduate students in the Introduction to Arts Administration course is to examine and analyze an arts organization of their choice through a creative case study.

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Normal Behavior 

November 16, 2023

I can’t stop thinking about my resume. I’m bracing the waves of a mosh pit, loud music is blaring like a war horn, and the floor is sticky from what was once in the crushed cans underfoot. For some reason, all I can think about is the font on my resume.

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Students Gain Valuable Experience While Immersed in the MAA Program

June 13, 2023

Being a Master of Arts Administration graduate student looks different for everyone; that is part of what makes the MAA at OHIO so special. The MAA program emphasizes maintaining one’s artistic practice while also developing the critical administrative skills and leadership acumen.

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The Need for Sustainable Documentation and Evaluation Strategies in Community-Based Arts Programs 

March 31, 2023

Master of Arts Administration alumna, Brianne Szymanski (2022), and Dr. Christi Camper Moore recently published an article, "The Need for Sustainable Documentation and Evaluation Strategies in Community-Based Arts Programs." Featured in the Winter 2023 edition of the American Journal of Arts Management.

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