MA in Performing Arts Administration


Programme Description


Interdisciplinary Preparation in Business, Management, and the Arts

Build on your performing arts background and prepare for a leadership role in national and international performing arts organizations. This master of arts program combines intensive study in performing arts management and related disciplines with internships at leading New York City organizations. You will learn how to imagine creative solutions to emergent problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and manage both human and material resources. You’ll also hone your business skills through classes at the NYU Stern School of Business or the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

What You'll Learn

  • How to apply fundamental tenets of business and management (marketing, law, audience development, board development, and board relations, and fundraising) to the administration of performing arts organizations.
  • Leadership skills, applicable to performing arts administration.
  • How to apply an interdisciplinary perspective and integrate economics, statistics, marketing, accounting, finance, planning, law, cultural policy, and philanthropic development in your coursework and internship.
  • How to identify and evaluate important issues such as cultural policy, public funding, sponsorship, and marketing in varied international locations.

Management Studies, Seminars, and Electives

This graduate curriculum consists of 48 points, or credits, and can be completed in two years of full-time study. The curriculum includes 18 points of coursework in management studies either at the Stern School of Business or the Wagner School of Public Service. You’ll also take seminars such as Environment of Arts Administration, Marketing the Performing Arts, Planning and Finance for the Performing Arts, and Governance; choose from electives including Management and Arts Administration with the advice of the program director; and complete internships. A major paper, project, or case study is required in the Seminar on Cultural Policy: Issues in Arts Administration.

Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Study

The Performing Arts Administration program offers unparalleled training within a university that is acclaimed for its preparation of leaders in business, management, and the arts. Our faculty and students frequently collaborate with Steinhardt’s programs in the music business and visual arts administration, the Stern School of Business, and the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Intern at a Leading New York City Arts Organization

As a student in the Performing Arts Administration program, you will acquire hands-on experience through interning at leading New York City arts organizations. Students have recently completed internships at organizations including the American Ballet Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Metropolitan Opera Association, New York Philharmonic, Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York Foundation for the Arts, Paul Taylor Company, and the Atlantic Theater Company, learning skills such as marketing, finance, programming, education, and institutional fundraising.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Every other summer, we offer you a unique opportunity to explore vital challenges and opportunities facing global cultural policy and arts administration leaders. The summer study abroad program in Europe explores the theoretical and practical aspects of pressing political, economic, and cultural issues facing cultural, government, and community leaders in the Netherlands and Germany.

Our Comparative Creative Industries course is offered every spring break at the NYU London campus. In this course, you'll learn from leading UK academics and top arts leaders about the role and impact of the creative and cultural industries in the UK and how arts, government, and business leaders utilize culture as a tool to address important economic and social issues in UK and the US.

Where Your Degree Can Take You

Our graduates are in high demand and are frequently recruited by our own alumni, who hold positions such as:

  • President, Philadelphia Orchestra
  • Marketing and Planning Director, Metropolitan Opera Association
  • Executive Director, Sundance Foundation
  • Finance Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Chief Financial Officer, Cunningham Dance Foundation
  • Director of Marketing, Orange County Arts Center
  • Director of Development, McCarter Theater
  • Executive Director, SoHo Rep
  • Business Manager, Danspace
  • Director of Arts Administration Programme, Drexel University
Last updated Dec 2019

About the School

NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change.

NYU Steinhardt's one-of-a-kind integration of education, health, the arts, and media studies puts us at the heart of a movement: education for social change. Read Less