Skip to main content

Search NYU Steinhardt

Two students working together in theatre

Master of Arts
Performing Arts Administration

Application Extended: Still Accepting Applications

Build on your performing arts background and prepare for a leadership role in national and international performing arts organizations. You’ll combine intensive study with internships at leading New York City organizations. Learn how to imagine creative solutions to emergent problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and manage both human and material resources.

Request Info

Degree Details

Official Degree Title

Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration

Full-time or Part-time
Start Date
Application Deadline

Take advantage of unparalleled training within a university that is acclaimed for its preparation of leaders in business, management, and the arts. Your curriculum can be completed in two years of full-time study and will include course work in management studies either at the Stern School of Business or the Wagner School of Public Service. You’ll also study diverse areas of industry-specific interest – such as the environment of arts administration and marketing, finance, planning, and governance in the performing arts – and choose from electives with advice from the program director, as well as complete internships throughout New York City’s performing arts scene. 

A major paper, project, or case study is required in the Seminar on Cultural Policy: Issues in Arts Administration. You’ll learn to apply fundamental tenets of business and management (marketing, law, audience development, board development and board relations, and fundraising) to the administration of performing arts organizations.

Learn more about student life.

As a student in the Performing Arts Administration master's, you will acquire hands-on experience through interning at leading New York City arts organizations. Students have recently completed internships at organizations including the American Ballet Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Metropolitan Opera Association, New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Foundation for the Arts, Paul Taylor Company, and the Atlantic Theater Company, learning skills such as marketing, finance, programming, education, and institutional fundraising.

You will graduate from the degree with a built-in network of colleagues and mentors. Our graduates are in high demand and are frequently recruited by our own alumni.

Learn more about internships.

Every other summer, we offer you a unique opportunity to explore vital challenges and opportunities facing global cultural policy and arts administration leaders. The summer study abroad program in Europe explores the theoretical and practical aspects of pressing political, economic, and cultural issues facing cultural, government, and community leaders in the Netherlands and Germany.

We offer our Comparative Creative Industries course every spring break at the NYU London campus. In this course, you'll learn from leading UK academics and top arts leaders about the role and impact of the creative and cultural industries in the UK and how arts, government, and business leaders utilize culture as a tool to address important economic and social issues in the UK and the US.


If you have any additional questions about our degree, please feel free to contact Richard Maloney at