Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA)

Complete your master's degree in only three semesters

Our MAAA curriculum is designed so that you can complete all course work in three semesters, plus a 280-hour internship. The curriculum requires a total of 45 credits for graduation. Of these, 30 credits are earned through core courses, 9 credits through elective courses, and 6 credits through experiential learning. All students enter the program in the fall semester.

With a Master of Arts in Arts Administration (MAAA) at O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, you will cultivate the foundational skills, core knowledge, and practical expertise necessary to become an effective arts advocate and leader of change.

Introduction Course (3 credit hours)

  • Organization Behavior and the Arts (Y 502)

Management and Policy Courses (9 credit hours)

Performing Arts (3 credit hours)
Choose One:

  • Programming the Performing Arts (Y 505)
  • Performing Arts Organization Management (Y 508)
  • Performing Arts Center Management (Y 511)

Visual Arts (3 credit hours)
Choose One:

  • Curating for Museums and Galleries (Y 506)
  • Museum Management (Y 525)

Arts and Cultural Policy (3 credit hours) 
Choose One:

  • Cultural Planning and Urban Development (Y 551)
  • Public Policy in the Arts (Y 559)

Skill-Building Courses (9 credit hours)

  • Financial Management in the Arts (Y 515)
  • Audience Development and Marketing the Arts (Y 530)
  • Fund Development for Nonprofits (Y 558)

Theory and Survey Courses (6 credit hours)

  • Arts Organizations in the Public Sector and Private Sectors (Y 504)
  • Legal Issues in the Arts (Y 562)

Capstone (3 credit hours)

  • Seminar in Arts Administrations (Y 650)

See course descriptions

As part of the MAAA program, you will complete 9 credit hours of elective course. Elective courses must be graduate level (500+) and can be taken through any academic program on campus. Elective course offerings vary each semester, so be sure to view the current schedule of classes at the Office of the Registrar.

From curating to human resources, stage management to graphic design, IU offers students a variety of elective course options. Many Arts Administration students take electives in Arts Administration at O'Neill; the Theater Department at the Jacobs School of Music; the School of Art and Design, and the Media School.


Make the most of your graduate school experience with our outside dual degree programs and pursue two interests by combining your Master of Arts in Arts Administration with a second master’s degree.

Learn from faculty with expertise in arts administration

Michael Rushton
(812) 855-2947

  • Cultural economics, policy and administration
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tax policy
  • Current research concerns cultural districts and tax policy towards nonprofit organizations and charitable donations