The Curriculum

Master of Arts in Visual Arts Administration

The Curriculum

The program requires 51 points of coursework for graduation. 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. The course sequence is determined by advisement and tailored to the needs of each individual student.

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.