Southern Utah University

Arts Administration

351 W. University Blvd
Cedar City, Utah 84720
United States



Director of Arts Administration Rachel Parker

Program Goals and Objectives

Mission Statement:
The Arts Administration Program develops graduates who balance administrative systems with creative process in an effort to ensure the artistic integrity and economic sustainability of arts organizations.

The Arts Administration Program will:

  • Provide a personalized, interdisciplinary education
  • Develop well-rounded professionals employable in any arts discipline
  • Offer a nonprofit management curriculum and experiential learning opportunities
  • Advocate for the arts

Learning Outcomes:
The Arts Administration Program has five learning outcomes that build upon those of the College of Performing and Visual Arts and Southern Utah University. Students will:

  • Become empowered advocates for the arts
  • Apply scholarly theory directly into professional practice
  • Develop adaptability and critical thinking skills necessary to work in the arts
  • Cultivate both practical and creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Communicate in an effective and persuasive way


The Master of Fine Arts degree program is a two-year academic and experiential learning course of study that begins each fall. The program includes 60 credit hours combined with work opportunities through our professional affiliates: The Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, and Southern Utah University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts.

The Master of Arts degree program is an interdisciplinary program that combines specialized coursework in arts administration, graduate-level course work in accounting, marketing, public budgeting and financial management, and a final project or thesis, totaling 36 credit hours. The program begins at an intensive three-day workshop in Cedar City that will introduce students not only to the field of arts administration, but Arts Administration faculty and fellow students in both degree programs.

Principles of Arts Administration, Legal Issues, Art & Society, Managing the Finances of Arts Organizations, Foundations of Accounting, Fund Development for Arts Administrators, Public Sector Financial Management, Leadership Development in Arts, Grant Writing, Fundraising Event Planning, Board Relations & Planning, Human Resource Management & Law, Marketing Management, Marketing the Arts, Professional Projects, Professional Arts Internship, Final Rotation Internship, Final Project, Arts Administration Thesis, Professional Capstone


Applicants to the Arts Administration Program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or the international equivalent) in a relevant area of the arts, business, or the liberal arts. Students will be required to have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission consideration. The following materials must be sent to SUU Admissions by February 15 (Master of Fine Arts) and August 1 (Master of Arts):

  • SUU Graduate Programs Admissions application and fee
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended, not including SUU
  • Resume including academic, professional, and volunteer experience
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Written Statement of Purpose

Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts Program must present themselves for an interview on-campus or at a professional conference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interview on-campus and to tour the Cedar City area and the professional affiliate organizations. Please contact the Program Director for specific dates for interviews.

Applicants for the Master of Arts Program (Online) are also encouraged to interview on-campus and to tour the Cedar City area and the professional affiliate organizations, but are only required to have a telephone interview.