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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 from Avi Stewart [Theater and Production Management], Molly Cerep [Music Leadership], Hattie Phillips [Museum Studies] and Amanda De Santos [Community Dance] on their experiences in the MAA program.


“As a performing artist, it has given me the practical skills to be able to take my work, make it real, and put it out into the world.”

— Avi Stewart, Theater and Production Management (2023)



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


Congratulations to Master of Arts Administration alumna, Brianne Szymanski (2022), and Dr. Christi Camper Moore on the recent publication of their article, "The Need for Sustainable Documentation and Evaluation Strategies in Community-Based Arts Programs." The article was published in the Winter 2023 edition of the peer-reviewed journal, American Journal of Arts Management:

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music student, Avery Bumgarner, plays saxaphone

Student’s original music underscores creative approach to arts administration

April 21, 2023

Avery Bumgarner, a Master of Art Administration (MAA) student, created an original score to enhance the presentation of his case study research.

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Grid of students attending a virtual class

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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Brianne Szymanski brings community dance focus to Jacob’s Pillow

May 17, 2022

MAA alumnus, and Toledo native, Brianne Szymanski was hired as the Community Engagement Programs Manager for the celebrated dance organization Jacob’s Pillow ... Read More