University of Oregon

Arts and Administration Program


Academic and Research Advising

The Arts & Administration Graduate Program is designed as a full-time, two-year course of study leading to a master’s degree in Arts Management.

The UO Graduate Council stated in 1995 that “A major purpose of graduate education at the University of Oregon is to instill in each student an understanding of and capacity for scholarship, independent judgment, academic rigor, and intellectual honesty. It is the joint responsibility of faculty and graduate students to work together to foster these ends through relationships which encourage freedom of inquiry, demonstrate personal and professional integrity, and foster mutual respect.”

One of the most important relationships you will foster during graduate school will be with your academic and research advisor. Each AAD graduate student is assigned both an academic advisor and a research advisor to most effectively guide you through the challenges and rewards of graduate education.

Academic Advisor

During the New Student Orientation session in late-September, you will meet your academic advisor for the first time. Academic advisors are assigned based on equity in advising load for faculty. For this reason, your academic advisor may not be the faculty member who leads your area of concentration. Your academic advisor will work closely with you to construct a course of study that best meets your academic and professional objectives. The program will design opportunities for you to meet with your advisor in a group setting at AAD Forums or luncheons, but it is also up to you to schedule quarterly one-on-one sessions to discuss particular details associated with your academic trajectory through the program.

Research Advisor

During the term that you are enrolled in AAD 630 Research Methods, you will begin the conceptualization and design of your terminal research. Close to the end of the term you will make a presentation to the faculty on your research concept. After this research presentation the faculty will meet to assign research advisors to each student. Research advising decisions are based on matching each student to faculty who have current or past academic, research, or professional expertise in the area associated with the student’s research concept. Your research advisor will assist you in crafting your research proposal and design; will share with you valuable resources that will help shape your research; and will act as the primary reader of your terminal research. Your research advisor will ultimately be the person who approves your completed research. Your advisor will likely provide editing suggestions, but it is your responsibility to seek writing assistance and secure an editor should you require one.

Your academic and research advisor may or may not be the same person. In all cases, it will be your responsibility to meet with your academic advisor on a quarterly basis and to meet with your research advisor according to a research timeline that you create in consultation with your research

For more information on the advising relationship, please see Guidelines for Good Practice in Graduate Education at this link:

Drafted June 2011, subject to revision