Florida State University

Arts Administration (MA)

600 W. College Ave.
Tallahassee, Florida 32316
United States



Patricia Villeneuve

Program Goals and Objectives

The Arts Administration program in the Department of Art Education educates aspiring arts and cultural leaders about the theory and practice of socially responsible arts administration.

Top 10 Reasons to Study Arts Administration at FSU

  1. Our prestigious faculty have a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  2. Our faculty to student ratio is considerably low for Master’s and Doctoral students.
  3. Our program encourages interdisciplinary study of Arts Administration with students in the Arts Administration program in the College of Music, and Theatre Management students in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance. Students also study with students in the Art Education and Art Therapy Programs.
  4. Our program addresses all of the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ standards for graduate education in Arts Administration.
  5. Our program emphasizes theory and practice through the use of service learning and internships.
  6. Our department’s job placement rate is higher than 90%.
  7. Our alumni have prominent and fulfilling careers.
  8. Because FSU participates in the academic common market, students from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia qualify for in-state tuition.
  9. After one continuous year of study, out-of-state students may apply for residency, which will allow them to receive in-state tuition rates.
  10. The cost of living in Tallahassee is 6% below the national average, which makes food, healthcare, housing, and transportation more affordable than cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Washington, DC. In addition, Florida residents do not pay state income tax or personal income tax.


Master’s students complete a total of 39 credit hours including: Principles of Arts Administration, Leading the Arts Organization, Arts in Community Engagement, Cultural Policy, Curriculum and Programs, Critical Analysis, Research Survey, and administration coursework of their choice in Grant Writing & Development in the Arts, Fundraising Strategies in the Arts, Marketing and Audience Development in the Arts, Leadership in the Arts, Managing Public Financial Resources, Introduction to Program Evaluation, among others. Finally, all Master’s students must complete a 9 credit hour Internship, and a Comprehensive Examination.



Applicants for admission into the Arts Administration program should have:

  • An undergraduate major related to art, art education, arts administration, performing arts, or thirty (30) hours in arts and/or art education coursework (students may satisfy deficiencies upon acceptance into the program).
  • Official transcripts of previous course work, results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), three letters of recommendation, and a 1,000-word personal statement which should include career goals, why the applicant is applying to this program, how the applicant heard about this program, and to what other programs the applicant plans to apply.
  • Applicants must achieve a 3.0 point average on a 4.0 scale during the last sixty (60) hours of undergraduate education for admission to the program and a percentile ranking of 55% on the Verbal and 25% on the Quantitative portions of the GRE.