American University

MA in Arts Management

4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, Washington DC 20016
United States



Prof. Ximena Varela

Program Goals and Objectives

One of the oldest and most respected programs in the United States, the Arts Management Program at American University has nurtured the toolkits and talents of extraordinary arts and cultural managers for over four decades. Our graduates find work quickly, almost 100 percent within six months of receiving their degrees. Our alumni occupy significant management roles at the world's best arts organizations. 




Comprehensive two-year master's degree with evening classes for active professionals, as well as graduate certificates in Arts Management and International Arts Management, that can be completed independently or in combination with the master's degree. Our students benefit from global collaborations, with Sotheby's Institute of Art in London, the U.S. State Department, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, major foundations, and executive education programs from around the world. And our network is powerful at home, with internships, partnerships, and placements among the DC-area's leading cultural institutions.

Curriculum strategy:

  • intensive curriculum refined by research and professional practice;

  • world-class, full-time faculty, internationally respected for their thought leadership in arts and culture;

  • a vibrant network of global professionals;

  • hands-on learning with leading organizations;

  • and program-wide commitment to individual student support and success;

  • academic advising and professional coaching throughout the program.


Admission is highly selective, with only 20% of students admitted every year.