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Performing Arts Administration

Founded in 1971, the Performing Arts Administration graduate program provides unparalleled academic and professional training within a university acclaimed for its preparation of global leaders in business, management, and the arts. Employing a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach, join peers from around the world to study with industry-leading faculty and top arts professionals. Utilizing the resources of three NYU schools -- Steinhardt, Wagner, and Stern -- and several NYU global campuses (London, Berlin, Paris, and Shanghai), students will be well prepared to pursue a successful career in a wide range of performing arts and cultural organizations in the private, nonprofit, and public sectors.  

Master of Arts
Performing Arts Administration

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


Bachelor of Fine Arts / Master of Arts
Drama / Performing Arts Administration
Dual Degree

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 Experience

From study abroad and networking events to diversity, equity, and inclusion workshops and seminars, PAA students participate in a wide range of activities throughout the year that enrich their course of study and accelerate professional growth.


Students in the Performing Arts Administration graduate program are required to complete two internships to acquire “real world” professional experience and build a network of professional contacts.


PAA Alumni on the Move During Covid-19

The Performing Arts Administration graduate program invited five alumni who have taken their careers to the next level during the pandemic to meet with current students and alumni.

PAA Student Caylin Waller’s Startup Journey Through NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

From the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute’s “Startup Sprint” to NYU Tandon’s “InnoVention Competition” -- explore Caylin Waller’s journey to develop “Theatre Advocacy Project” using NYU’s entrepreneurship resources.

Performing Arts Administration Workshop Explores the Alchemy of High-performing Arts Organizations of Color

Professor Walker-Kuhne interviewed Dr. Voss whose latest research examines community-based performing arts organizations that primarily serve Black, Indigenous, Hispanic/Latinx, Arab American, or Asian American communities.

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."

Performing Arts Administration Graduate Program Appoints Two New Adjunct Faculty Members

"Both Ms. Munro and Ms. Beasley are talented teachers who possess strong academic and professional backgrounds," says Program Director Dr. Richard Maloney.

Nora Segura-Barpal ('20) Makes Music More Accessible and Inclusive

The Music Inclusion Coalition that Segura-Barpal co-founded strives to make the study of music more accessible and inclusive as students move from high school to the collegiate level.

50th Anniversary (1971-2021)

The Performing Arts Administration graduate program will be celebrating 50 years of empowering emerging leaders in the performing arts. Information about anniversary programming and events will be announced soon.

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Information Session

 MA in Performing Arts Administration

An online information session about the Performing Arts Administration degree program was held in November 2020. The presentation slides used during the session are available.