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 the 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 Arts degree track includes specialized graduate coursework totaling 36 credit hours. Coursework in the MA Track is done entirely online and includes financial management, development, fundraising, marketing, legal issues, leadership, and board development.

Principles of Arts Administration, Arts Advocacy & Cultural Policy, Board Relations & Planning, Marketing the Arts I & II, Legal Issues in the Arts, Managing the Finances of Arts Organizations, Accounting for Arts Administrators, Visual & Performing Arts Studies, Fund Development for Arts Administrators, Leadership Development in Arts, Grant Writing, Fundraising Event Planning, Professional Development & Projects, Professional Arts Internship, Final Rotation Internship, Capstone: Master of Arts


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 15 (Master of Arts):

  • SUU Graduate Programs Admissions application and the fee
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended (unless the institution is SUU
  • Resume including academic, professional, and volunteer experience
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • A Statement of Purpose

Applicants for the Master of Fine ArtsTrack who make it to the second stage of the admissions process 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. The Program Director will contact qualified applicants to arrange the interview.

Applicants for the Master of Arts Track (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.

The Program Director and the AA Admissions Committee will assess the quality of the applicant based on the following areas:

  • Leadership skills as evidenced through the applicant’s undergraduate activities, civic volunteerism, internships with a professional arts organization, and/or a paid professional experience in arts or nonprofit organizations.
  • Communications skills as evidenced through a written Statement of Purpose addressing educational and career goals, and (MFA candidates only) a personal interview.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have work and/or volunteer experience in the arts or non-profit sector or related fields after completion of a bachelor's degree program.

The Program Director and the AA Admissions Committee may make exceptions to admissions policies on a case-by-case basis.