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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.


Student Experiences

Every student enrolled in the Master of Arts Administration program chooses one area of specialization. Roberto Di Donato describes the Theater Production and Management experience. 

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Roberto Di Donato

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.

Featured News

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Graduate Brianne Szymanski brings community dance focus to prestigious dance company Jacob’s Pillow

May 17, 2022

Soon-to-be Master of Arts Administration (MAA) graduate, and Toledo native, Brianne Szymanski was recently hired as the Community Engagement Programs Manager for the celebrated dance organization Jacob’s Pillow ... Read More

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Arts Administration inaugural cohort internships and capstone project

September 2, 2021

The field of arts administration prioritizes experience. The Professional Internship is the required, culminating experience of the MAA... Read More

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Three Faculty Speak to the Value of the Arts Administration Program 

April 1, 2021

Featuring faculty members who are teaching three (of the four) required foundational courses in the Master of Arts Administration degree. Heather Infantry, Rachel Cornish, and Dr. Christi Camper Moore discuss topics including the genesis of the MAA program, and what sets it apart.

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Arts Administration Student creates community engagement video for local art studio

March 5, 2021

Paula Atfield, a student in the MAA program with area specialization in Visual Arts Management, created a video for a creative project in the Introduction to Arts Administration course. The assignment focused on Community Engagement.

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