University of Oregon

Arts and Administration Program

Graduate Program



The design of the master's degree program in arts management is based on the underlying belief that professional arts managers must be familiar with the social, cultural, and ethical contexts of the arts in general.

The program's objectives are to:

  • Prepare students for professional leadership positions in various international, national, and regional public and private arts organizations including museums and galleries, community nonprofit organizations, performance venues, and private settings such as arts foundations.
  • Provide professional experience in arts agencies by incorporating a field-based internship and practicum component that enhances students' ability to move into professional positions in arts organizations.
  • Facilitate the development of individual research projects that contribute to the body of knowledge on the theory and practice of arts policy, administration, and management in an era of dynamic sociocultural change.
  • Provide opportunities for professionals to enhance their knowledge and skills or develop new careers in the arts.

The arts management master’s degree is designed as a two-year minimum, full-time program. It includes five primary curriculum components:

  •  a core component
  •  a technology component
  •  a research component
  •  a practice component
  •  an area of concentration component

Core courses address the study and management of the arts in a social and cultural context. A major focus is on arts policy and the community arts environment. Public, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations and issues are examined.

The technology component gives students hands-on experience with digital portfolio development, current graphics and communication software, and applies these skills to the promotion of the arts. The research and practice component includes a comparative research methods course, an intensive internship, and a thesis, research project or capstone. Selection of an area of concentration allows students to pursue study contributing to specific professional goals.

Concentrations focus on Community Arts Management, Museum Studies, and Arts in Healthcare Management and a specialization in Performing Arts Management.

In addition to these concentrations, certificates may be obtained in Museum Studies, Nonprofit Management, and New Media and Culture.