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Drexel’s Master of Science in Arts Administration is one of the longest-running and most highly-regarded programs of its kind in the world. This innovative graduate degree is run by the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and is designed specifically for working professionals.
Drexel Online’s MS in Arts Administration program 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: commerce, research, and technology.
Drexel's MS in Arts Administration provides strong emphasis in management practice with a specific focus on the non-profit arts community. Marketing and policy development are explored in-depth as students prepare to solve the challenges facing the art community today and tomorrow. This unique degree will gives students the necessary tools to strategically plan the future of their organization, while advancing their career.
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 MS in Arts Administration degree requires that students complete 45 total credits, including courses in cultural policy, strategic planning and fund development. The program is organized as follows:
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All remaining curricula will be completed online.
Students come to Drexel’s campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 3-4 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.
Students will have the opportunity to participate in an on-site internship within the arts and cultural community. Students with extensive experience in arts administration may request a waiver of the internship requirement. The MS in Arts Administration is concluded 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.
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.
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