Eastern Michigan University

MA Arts Management Program

124 Quirk Hall
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
United States



Professor & Program Directo Susan Badger Booth

Program Goals and Objectives

The program was established in 1985 to prepare students for assuming administrative positions with cultural organizations. It provides students who have considerable experience in the arts with knowledge and understanding of the business, governance management, marketing, and finance of the arts. 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 this 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 Business, Communication and Leadership and Research.  

The program is designed to serve both the working professional and the traditional full time student with most classes offered in the evenings.

Alumni have held postions as - Director of External Relations National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Director Jackson Community Foundation, Executive Director of ArtTrain, CEO of ArtServe Michigan, Director Oklahoma Arts Council, Program Director Broward Center for the Arts, Executive Director of Art Works, Company Manager of the Purple Rose Theatre, Development Director of the Pearl Theatre Co. NYC, CEO Arts Events, and Management Detroit CEO.


Applicants must:

  1. Meet the admission requirements for the Graduate School and be accepted into the program by the school;
  2. Have at least a minor or the equivalent in communication, arts, or business;
  3. Have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.7 or 3.0 in the last half of undergraduate work; and
  4. In the case of international students, have a minimum TOEFL score (see the International Admissions website for minimum scores).