University at Buffalo - SUNY

Arts Management Program

608 Clemens Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260
United States



Dr. Miriam Paeslack

Program Goals and Objectives

The curriculum gives students the ability to identify and solve the complex interdisciplinary tensions that are inherent in the areas of arts management and cultural policy making:

  • We investigate the management of the arts – from creation to appreciation – and welcome students from diverse educational and professional backgrounds who wish to join the investigation.
  • We mix theory and practice – including critical courses in law, advocacy, management, and cultural policy – preparing students to tackle tomorrow’s arts management challenges.
  • Our graduates work for organizations such as Americans for the Arts, the Kennedy Center DeVos Institute, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Seattle Opera.


The UB Arts Management Program offers a dynamic two year course of study comprising core courses in arts management, law, business, cultural policy and advocacy. 

Our curriculum links theory and practice, studying existing sociopolitical and cultural systems and how they affect how art is managed.  It starts with the course Why Manage the Arts?, the seminal question of the Program and the entry point for two years of inquiry.  From there, students continue their exploration through:

  • Practice and theory based arts management courses
  • Specially designed Management and Law courses
  • An international summer school
  • Fieldwork placements and internships
  • Site visits to leading arts organizations and meetings with their senior executives.
  • Guest speakers debating current issues in arts management
  • Electives in the student’s of interest
  • Final research thesis

For those seeking further credentials, the Program has existing dual degree options with Law and History.



The application deadline is January 10.  Applications received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis for remaining spots in the Program.

Please note that there is a $75 application fee which must be received in order for your application to be considered. 

  • Online application form
  • Resume/ CV
  • An academic essay of no more than three pages on any topic in the field of arts management.
  • Statement of Educational and Career Goals
  • Two references (Preferably one academic and one professional)
  • Official transcripts from each college or university that you have attended as a full-time student.
  • GRE or GMAT (optional)

International students will also need to submit the following information.

  • English Language Proficiency Scores (TOEFL: Preferably 250 CAT/600 paper/ 100 iBT; IELTS: 7.0 Overall/ 6.5 individual band score minimum)