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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.


Brianne Szymanski

Community Dance

Brianne is pursuing her Master of Arts Administration degree with an area specialization in Community Dance with the College of Fine Arts. Brianne highlights her impression of this unique MAA degree housed within our interdisciplinary and collaborative fine arts community.


Clayton Yoshifuku

Music Leadership

Double majoring to complete his MAA degree alongside his Trombone performance masters degree, Clayton is finishing with two professional degrees, setting him apart as he seeks a career path in teaching and performance.


Alicia Telzerow

Visual Arts Management

Seeking a way to continue her artistic practice while positioning herself to make a lasting impact through curatorial and administrative roles in the contemporary arts field, Alicia shares her thoughts on the degree and her specialization in Visual Arts Management.


Devin Sudman

Theater Production and Management

Devin is building on his passion for Musical Theater through the MAA degree with specialization in Theater Production and Management, as a compliment to his previous degree in music and his experience as a choral director.

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.

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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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Arts Administration Students called to serve in student government and advocacy 

November 2, 2020

Master of Arts Administration students and Ohio University College of Fine Arts alumni Devin Sudman, BA ’18 (Music) and Edward “E.B.” Smith, BFA ’20 (Acting), feel a call to serve in the civic arena while pursuing their passion for the arts. 

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