2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts Leadership Administration, MA

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Mark Nerenhausen, Professor of Practice and Founding Director
308 Bowne Hall

The Janklow Arts Leadership Program is a comprehensive 15-month, 39-credit hour master’s program for recent college graduates and experienced practitioners. Candidates acquire core skills, as well as practical experience and understanding needed to become innovative leaders of for-profit or nonprofit arts organizations in the visual and performing arts. The program combines interdisciplinary coursework with professional mentorship, competitive internships and unique immersion opportunities. The curriculum encompasses coursework in entrepreneurship and leadership; marketing and public relations; financial accounting and budgetary planning; operations; strategic planning and analysis; financial and audience development; education and outreach; and legal, ethical, and public policy issues in the arts. Students gain strong management skills; local and global internship experiences; and positive leadership traits to make them successful visionaries and administrators.


Applicants must have a B.A. or B.S. degree from a regionally accredited college or university, strong GRE test scores, and demonstrate knowledge of the arts or business management or both.

Limited financial support is available for qualified applicants.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize how arts and artists function in society and educate students about community engagement, multiculturalism, and demographic diversity

2. Demonstrate an understanding of basic business skills including: accounting, public relations, financial management, organizational theory, marketing, planning, and analysis

3. Relate issues of leadership in complex organizations to the arts

4. Establish a network of professional contacts and the opportunity for interaction with top leaders in the field

5. Develop the ability to express concepts and ideas in writing and oral presentations


15 month, 39 credit hours including 2 immersion courses; locations may include NYC and South Florida; capstone and internship.


M.A. in Arts Leadership Administration Students must maintain a Graduate School required minimum GPA of 3.0.

Total Credits: 39

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