Sep 18, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 

Master of Arts in Arts Administration (ARAD)

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This program was established in 1985 to prepare students for assuming administrative positions within performing and visual arts organizations and initiate creative entrepreneurial projects in arts and cultural businesses. The program provides students who already have experience in the arts with knowledge and understanding of the arts business, in governance, management, marketing, and finance. The program includes study in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business to equip students with administrative and aesthetic skills that enable them to assume leadership positions as entrepreneurs, planners, advocates, administrators and community organizers. Students develop research skills that enable them to gather, organize and analyzing information and apply the knowledge to problem solving in a wide variety of circumstances. Emphasis is placed on promoting the interrelated nature of the arts in support of interdisciplinary and collaborative programming that recognizes the relationship of the arts with other areas of human endeavor. EMU was a founding member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators and continues to be active in this national organization.

Program Admission

Applicants must:

  1. Meet the admission requirements for the Graduate School and be accepted into the program by the school;
  2. Have at least a minor or the equivalent in communication, arts, or business;
  3. Have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or 3.0 in the last half of undergraduate work; and
  4. In the case of international students, have a minimum TOEFL score (see the International Admissions website for minimum scores).

School Information

Communication, Media & Theatre Arts, College of Arts and Sciences

Kathleen Stacey, Ph.D. | Director | 124 Quirk | 734.487.3131 |

Advisor Information

Susan Badger Booth, MFA. | Professor & Program Director | 306 King Hall | 734.487.1883 |

Elena SV Flys, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor | 307 King | 734.487.1884 |

Program Requirements

Students must:

  1. Early in their graduate work, prepare an official program of study in consultation with an assigned graduate advisor and file it with the Graduate School;
  2. Successfully meet all conditions stipulated upon entry into the program; and
  3. Complete, with an overall GPA of at least 3.0, a minimum of 30 hours of approved course work as identified in the official Program of Study.

Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours

Elective Courses: 6-8 hours

Additional courses selected in consultation with an academic advisor based upon student’s individual needs.

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