Future arts administrators will be facing the art world’s greatest challenges. Our Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) curriculum will provide you with the foundational skills, core knowledge, and practical expertise you need to become an effective arts advocate and leader of change.
Gain the skills you need to become an influential arts leader
Complete your master’s degree in only three semesters
Our MAAA curriculum is designed so that you can complete all course work in three to four semesters, plus a 280-hour internship and three 50-hour practicum projects. The curriculum requires a total of 45 credits for graduation. Of these, 18 credits are earned through core courses, 15 credits through management and policy areas, 12 credits through elective courses, and includes the 0-credit internship and practicum experiential learning requirements. All students enter the program in the fall semester.
Tailor your degree to your interests and career goals with elective courses
As part of the Master of Arts in Arts Administration program, you will complete 12 hours of elective credit. Elective courses must be graduate level (500+) and can be taken through any academic program on campus. With electives in non-profit management, art history, theatre, and more, you are sure to find the perfect course to meet your interests and career goals. You can even turn your electives into a second degree—take MPA courses as elective credits and begin working toward your MPA-MAAA degree!
Get out of the classroom
Apply your knowledge in real-world arts organizations and build your resume through practicum projects and internships as part of your experiential requirement. Our students gain career experience across the globe, in diverse arts-related institutions, organizations, and events.
Explore your curriculum and elective options
- AADM – Y 502 Organizational Behavior and the Arts
- AADM – Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts
- AADM – Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts
- AADM – Y 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits
- AADM – Y 562 Legal Issues in the Arts
- AADM – Y 650 Seminar in Arts Administration
Performing Arts (3 credits; choose one)
- AADM – Y 508 Managing Performing Arts Organizations or
- AADM – Y 511 Performing Arts Center Management
Visual Arts (3 credits; choose one)
- AADM – Y 506 Curating for Museums and Galleries or
- AADM – Y 525 Museum Management
Arts and Cultural Policy (3 credits; choose one)
- AADM – Y 551 Cultural Planning and Urban Development or
- AADM – Y 559 Public Policy in the Arts
Technology Management (3 credits; choose one)
- AADM – Y 500 Topics in Arts Administration: Digital Literacy in Arts and Culture
- SPEA - I 515 Data Science in Public and Environmental Affairs
- SPEA - I 519 Database Management Systems
Community and Place (3 credits; choose one)
- AADM - Y526 Arts and Social Change or
- AADM - Y5XX Seminar in Community and Place
- Elective courses, any 500+ level course offered at IU Bloomington
- AADM-Y 550 Practicum in Arts Administration (0-3 credits)
The practicum requirement includes three 50-hour projects completed over the course of your degree; this course includes various professional development sessions throughout each semester
- AADM-Y 750 Internship in Arts Administration (0-3 credits)
The internship requirement consists of one 280-hour internship, typically completed in the summer between your first and second year of the program
All students are required to complete at least one term of enrollment in 0-credits of Y550 Practicum and Y750 Internship. Students can choose to complete Practicum and Internship for up to 3 credits each (6 credits total) to apply to their electives requirement. Your academic advisor will work with you to plan out how these experiential learning requirements will fit best in your degree.
The above are examples of your course options. For a complete listing, see the official Indiana University Graduate Bulletin and work with your advisor as you make your schedule.See course descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin