Master of Arts in Arts Administration
Winthrop University

Program Details

Winthrop University's online Master of Arts in Arts Administration (M.A.A.A.) program gives you a solid toolkit for advancement in the arts. It combines current theory, academic research and applied practice to develop effective leaders who can work with skill, creative initiative and integrity in nonprofit arts environments.

  • Supportive: Receive one-on-one support from a dedicated faculty mentor throughout the program
  • Professional: Guided by your mentor, create a professional development plan focused on leveraging what you've learned to expand and enrich your career advancement opportunities upon graduation
  • Career Focused: Receive job placement assistance from the program director and faculty and explore job opportunities through networking
  • Practical: Complete a culminating capstone project with support from faculty mentors and capstone committee members
  • Current: Learn from faculty who currently work in arts administration with specialized expertise in marketing, law, grant-writing, advocacy and leadership
  • Convenient: Have the option to complete your two required fieldwork courses at your current nonprofit employer or volunteer organization

Learning Outcomes
As a student in Winthrop's online M.A.A.A. program, you will:

  • Learn best practices in governance, audience development, financial management and legal principles pertaining to nonprofit arts
  • Prepare to lead in community engagement with the arts, arts advocacy and arts policy development
  • Explore evolving technologies, global issues, ethical questions and leadership practices as they relate to nonprofit arts
  • Successfully complete an individual investigation or applied capstone research project as a culminating experience

The M.A. in Arts Administration program prepares you for leadership in a wide range of roles in arts administration in industries that include:

  • Cultural tourism
  • Heritage and preservation
  • Education
  • Arts councils/commissions
  • Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations
  • Arts services programs
  • Performing and visual arts
  • Museums
  • Arts and cultural center management
  • Public art
  • Communications 
  • Marketing

Positions for arts roles such as producers and directors as well as art, drama and music teachers will experience well above the national average expected growth by 2024. Occupations related to a degree in arts management will see 90,900 estimated replacement jobs from 2014-2024 and 27,200 new jobs, indicating promising job opportunities for highly qualified professionals.

Financial Aid
Graduate students may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit a FAFSA using Winthrop's school code of 003456. Graduate scholarships are also available to qualified students.

Start Dates
The M.A. in Arts Administration program has three starts a year, in August, January and May.

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100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

Winthrop University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Winthrop University is regionally accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and specialist degrees. In addition, many individual programs at Winthrop hold specialty approval from industry accreditors.

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Essay/Writing Sample, Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)