Arts Administration MA

Master of Arts in Art Administration

48-credit program beginning in Fall 2021


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Our innovative, two-year, 48-credit master’s degree is informed by both research and professional practice. Our program welcomes students training to work in all artistic traditions and aesthetic styles, in for the for- and non-profit sectors, both in the U.S. and abroad.

The core curriculum represents a unique alliance among the faculties of Teachers College and Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, an access to diverse academic offerings across Columbia’s many graduate programs and schools. Included in the core requirements are training in cultural data and analysis, policy, fundraising, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility), accounting, financial planning, marketing, entrepreneurship, labor relations, contracts, and copyright law. Please note: tuition rates may vary for non-TC courses, depending on the offering school. Each student is evaluated in the first year to ensure that satisfactory progress is maintained.

Program Objectives

  • to provide theoretical and practical preparation for students whose professional objective is a career in arts administration;
  • to equip the next generation of leaders in the culture sector with an awareness of the most pressing issues in contemporary arts worlds;
  • to raise the standards of arts administration to a new level of social responsibility;
  • to build expertise and literacy in data-driven approaches to arts management;
  • to promote collaborations among professionals working across various fields and genres of the arts;
  • to strengthen advocacy roles for artists;
  • to broaden the managerial capacity of arts educators by providing them administrative tools and experience.

Core Requirements & Sample Schedule

More Info for Prospective Students

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Admissions Information

Master of Arts

  • Points/Credits: 48
  • Entry Terms: Fall Only

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): January 15
  • Summer/Fall (Final): April 15

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • GRE General Test or GMAT (optional for students applying for 2021)

Additional Degree Information

Course requirements - Fall 2021-Spring 2022

  • Accounting I
  • Capstone Seminar in Arts Administration
  • Contemporary Issues in Arts Administration
  • Cultural Data and Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship in the Arts
  • Fundraising
  • History and Theory of Arts Administration
  • Internship in Arts Administration
  • Law and the Arts
  • Marketing for the Arts, Entertainment and Culture
  • Practicum in Arts Administration

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The M.A. degree consists of 60 points of coursework:

The 60 required points are comprised of: 30 points taken from the core program offerings; 6 points of coursework through the Columbia Business School; 6 points of elective business-focused coursework; 6-9 points of coursework outside of the Arts Administration Program to fulfill the breadth requirement through Teachers College courses; and 12-18 points taken as electives at Teachers College or Columbia University.  Students are also required to take an internship and complete a formal master's essay.

The core curriculum represents a unique alliance among the faculties of Teachers College, Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, and the School of Law. Included in the core requirements are principles of arts administration, policy, fundraising, theories regarding the historical foundations and socio-cultural context of the arts, accounting, financial planning, marketing, business, policy, labor relations, and copyright law.  Please note: tuition rates may vary for non-TC courses, depending on the offering school. Each student is evaluated in the first year to ensure that satisfactory progress is maintained. 

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