The Curriculum

MA in Visual Arts Administration

The Curriculum

51 points of coursework are required for graduation. The course sequence is determined by advisement and tailored to the needs of each individual student. Courses are offered on a rotating basis so that part-time students can finish the program in three years.

Students take entry-level business courses at the NYU Leonard N. Stern School of Business and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and fulfill at least 3 points of internships with a range of sponsors, including galleries, museums, and other arts organizations.

Detailed descriptions of the courses for the MA Visual Arts Administration program.

In addition to business and internship requirements, students in both areas of the program must complete a substantial, well-researched master’s thesis. Research focuses on a particular interest or issue in the visual arts administration field; this is a two-semester sequence that begins with an interactive seminar. Students complete the thesis during their last semester in the program.  

The program offers two international study abroad opportunities. Arts Administration in the European Context, a study abroad seminar in the Netherlands and Berlin, Germany, is offered providing graduate students, alumni of arts administration programs, and arts management professionals with a unique opportunity to observe exciting changes in the visual and performing arts in a broad range of European venues. Plus, Exhibition and Display of Art and Material Culture is offered in London, England.

The program enrolls up to 35 students each academic year (about 1/2 of this number elect the for-profit concentration).

  • Admission is for the fall semester only.  

  • Students may participate in the program on a full- or part-time basis. 

  • Two years are required for completion of the full-time program, generally including one summer. 

  • Most students already work in the arts or arts-related fields.