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Performing Arts Administration

Use your knowledge of the performing arts to become a leader in the industry through comprehensive training, including intensive interdisciplinary courses in business and philanthropic development at NYU Stern and NYU Wagner. Our seasoned faculty and community of innovators equips graduates with skills that lead to diverse positions at some of the world’s greatest institutions.

MA, Performing Arts Administration

Build on your performing arts background and prepare for a leadership role in national and international performing arts organizations.


BFA, Drama/MA, Performing Arts Administration

Earn a BFA in Drama and an MA in Performing Arts Administration in just five years, studying both business and the arts and interning at top organizations.

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Student Life

NYU’s home is the city of New York, and our Performing Arts Administration degree candidates spend their time as citizens of our campus and the city at-large.


Students are required to complete 3 credits of internships at arts organizations during the program.


Francine Sheffield ('12) in Pursuit of Sustainable Cooperative Business Model for the Arts

Sheffield joins a global partnership to form a hybrid arts collective to experiment with a new business model that replaces the transactional presenter-artist model with a dialogue model.

PAA Student Jack Noseworthy Produces Broadway Digital Benefit Concert

Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Leguizamo, and members of the original cast of “In The Heights” headline the benefit digital concert

Dr. Maloney in the News

The director of the Performing Arts Administration program was quoted in the Chicago Reader.

Message from the MPAP Chair on Racism and Black Lives Matter

"It is time for us to take responsibility and to take concrete steps to make MPAP an academic performance community where diversity and inclusion are indispensable and at the core of our teaching, training, and learning."

Professor Donna Walker-Kuhne Talks Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Age of COVID

“COVID-19 changed the way I have seen my role as an arts administrator and an arts marketer.”

Student Spotlight: Grad Go Local Student Leader

Read on to learn about the experiences of one student leader who is participating in the Go Local program at NYU Shanghai in fall 2020.