Eastern Michigan University

MA Arts Management Program

124 Quirk Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
United States



Susan Booth

Program Goals and Objectives

The program was established in 1985 to prepare students for assuming administrative positions with performing and visual arts organizations. It provides students who have considerable experience in the arts with knowledge and understanding of the arts business its governance management marketing and finance. The program includes study in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business to equip students with managerial and aesthetic skills that enable them to assume leadership positions as planners advocates administrators and community organizers. Students develop research skills that enable them to gather organize and analyze information and apply the knowledge to problem solving in a wide variety of circumstances. Emphasis is placed on promoting the interrelated nature of the arts in support of interdisciplinary and collaborative programming that recognizes the relationship of the arts with other areas of human endeavor.


Arts Administration is a 30-36 credit hour program of study designed to complement the educational and professional experience of each student. Each program of study is multidisciplinary and designed to provide a high level of proficiency in four essential areas. * Arts Administration—Core classes include Arts Management Law Public Policy and the Arts Marketing the Arts with additional class work in Arts Advocacy Event Planning Grant and Proposal Writing and Presenting Performances and Exhibits. (Credit for professional experience is awarded through the Co-op education program.) * Business—Classes in the College of Business include Marketing Organizational Theory and Behavior Accounting Not-for-profit Accounting. * Communication and Leadership—Students prepare to assume leadership through classes in negotiation skills and organizational communication. * Scholarly research—includes specific class work and a thesis/terminal project.The program is designed to serve both the working professional and the traditional full time student with most classes offered in the evenings and on weekends.Sample of co-op placements and internship—University Musical Society Purple Rose Theatre ArtServe Michigan Oakwood Hospitals Olimpia Entertainment Riverside Art Center VOX Early Music Ensemble ArtTrain Michigan Theatre Ann Arbor Summer Festival Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum. Alumni include—Director of External Relations National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; Director Jackson Community Foundation; Executive Director ArtTrain; CEO ArtServe Michigan; Director Oklahoma Arts Council Program Director Broward Center for the Art; Executive Director Art Works; Company Manager Purple Rose Theatre Development Director Pearl Theatre Co. NYC; CEO Arts Events; Management Detroit CEO Children’s Dance Foundation Arts directors Detroit Children’s Hospital St. Joseph Health System.


Submit application to:

Office of Admissions
Graduate Programs
400 Pierce Hall
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48197