University of Oregon

Arts and Administration Program



University of Oregon graduates celebratingThe University of Oregon’s Arts and Administration Program educates cultural sector leaders and participants to make a difference in communities. We give our students the power to positively affect not just their own future, but also the people, communities, and environments around them.


Our two-year graduate program prepares and inspires leaders based on the belief that professional arts managers must be familiar with the social, economic, political, technical, and ethical contexts in which the arts flourish. We are dedicated to the principles of civic responsibility, environmental sustainability, international understanding, and cross-disciplinary education.

Student-Centered Curriculum

Graduate students are encouraged to explore the discipline by selecting an area of concentration, course work, and internships specific to their interests. Concentrations are available in community arts, museum studies, performing arts management, and media management.


At the University of Oregon, professional practice and networking are as important as theory and research. As the first university-based affiliate of the Americans for the Arts Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network, students at the UO are on the cutting edge of promoting constructive dialogue within the field of arts management, creating meaningful community collaborations, and organizing relevant professional development opportunities.
As an academic field, we are connected to a network of more than thirty other master’s-level degree programs located throughout the United States, comprising the membership of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, which has served the field since 1975. Our students come here ready to explore, learn, and create. They leave with the ability to question critically, think logically, communicate clearly, act creatively, and live ethically. In short, we empower our students to make good

The UO has been named one of the best colleges for LGBTQ students by The honor recognizes the university for fostering a safe and supportive learning environment for LGBTQ students.