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Cultivating careers and communities

Drexel’s Master of Science in Arts Administration is one of the longest-running and most highly-regarded programs of its kind. This elite, accredited graduate degree is taught and administered by the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and fuses entrepreneurship, business acumen, and social science with the arts industry.

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Key program features:
Designed specifically for working professionals, the online MS in Arts Administration integrates innovative management practice, arts administration theory, and practicum into this internationally-recognized curriculum. As a student, you’ll benefit from Drexel’s multi-disciplinary approach through a class structure that incorporates three integral branches of the arts: research, policy, and practice.

Career Preparation 

Here at Drexel, we work with your strengths, expand your capabilities, and give you the tools, resources, and experiences you need to fulfill your passion for arts and culture. We believe that successful leaders are adaptive, resourceful, strategic, and connected, and our arts administration programs build those capacities in you. Through integrating management theory and practice, organizational case studies, exposure to leading arts executives and thinkers, self-study, and academic research, Drexel’s arts administration programs prepare you for leadership in the field. The campus program, one of the oldest in the nation, draws on the city and region’s rich tapestry of arts and culture organizations to build your professional network and provide hands-on learning experiences, while the online program draws upon some of the country’s smartest arts leaders as mentors, teachers, and guides. Each program shares the same curriculum, with classes that address arts, commerce, research, and technology in a multi-disciplinary course of study. At Drexel, you’ll develop skills in marketing, fundraising, management and policy in preparation for a career as a community leader in arts and culture.

Program Structure
The program is designed around the working professional. All students begin the program with a brief required on-campus residency before completing the remainder of the coursework online. The accredited MS in Arts Administration degree requires that students complete 45 total credits, including courses in cultural policy, strategic planning and fund development.  The program includes:

  • On-Campus Residency - September 16 - 19, 2015
    Students come to Drexel’s campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 4 days at the beginning of their first term in the program.  At Drexel, students will have the opportunity to meet program faculty and classmates face-to-face, experience the city of Philadelphia’s rich arts community during local area site visits, and network with classmates and program alumni. During the residency, students will plan out a course of study with their advisor.

  • Internships and Theses
    Students who are not currently working in the field have the option of completing a professional internship. The MS in Arts Administration concludes with the presentation of a graduate thesis in either a research topic of the student’s choice or a case study related to their internship experience.

Program Alliances
The Drexel Arts Administration Graduate Program is a proud member of various organizations, including the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Americans for the Arts. The program regularly participates in national research projects, including the National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support project administered by Americans for the Arts and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.


Apply to the MS in Arts Administration program today. 


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