Arts Management, MA

Program Overview

The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. The Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of arts organizations. The demand for arts managers with skills in financial and budgetary management, strategic management and entrepreneurship, and public relations, including marketing and advertising, has arguably never been more acute. The need for arts managers with skills in philanthropy, fund raising, and ongoing relationship management in the private and public arts sectors also continues to grow at a fast pace.

The MA is a 36-credit program of study that provides a core curriculum in the fundamentals of arts management. Students complete a 24-credit core and then select 9 credits of approved elective courses.  Students also take an internship, which affords an in-depth opportunity to work with professionals in the field. The internship provides the opportunity to work at more than 60 different visual and performing arts venues in Washington, D.C., as well as national and international locations.

Learn about the Accelerated Programs:

Art and Visual Technology, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA
Art and Visual Technology, BFA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA
Music, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA
Music, BM/Arts Management, Accelerated MA
Theater, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Professional Development

Mason Arts Management provides its students with co-curricular opportunities that prepare them for their post-graduate career. This includes offering regular professional development workshops, lectures, and networking events.

Career Planning Assistance

Career planning is strategically embedded in the curriculum and offered outside of the class as well. Mason Arts Management provides its students with weekly job announcements tailored to those pursuing a career in the arts, resume reviews by faculty, and one-on-one career advising by request.


Hands-on learning through required internships provides students a chance to apply the concepts they are learning in the classroom, while gaining professional experience in managing arts venues. For more information about the internship program and a list of previous internship sites, visit the arts management website (

Study abroad

Each summer Mason Arts Management travels around the world to a different country to engage in the comparative study of arts management practices abroad. Learn more about previous trips here and sign up for our mailing list to learn more about joining the next cohort of international arts managers.