MS in Arts Administration Overview Drexel’s Master of Science in Arts Administration is one of the longest-running and most highly-regarded programs of its kind. This elite, accredited graduate degree is taught and administered by the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and fuses entrepreneurship, business acumen, and social science with the arts industry.Designed specifically for working professionals, the online MS in Arts Administration integrates innovative management practice, arts administration theory, and practicum into this internationally-recognized curriculum. As a student, you’ll benefit from Drexel’s multi-disciplinary approach through a class structure that incorporates three integral branches of the arts: research, policy, and practice.Career PreparationHere at Drexel, we work with your strengths, expand your capabilities, and give you the tools, resources, and experiences you need to fulfill your passion for arts and culture. We believe that successful leaders are adaptive, resourceful, strategic, and connected, and our arts administration programs build those capacities in you. Through integrating management theory and practice, organizational case studies, exposure to leading arts executives and thinkers, self-study, and academic research, Drexel’s arts administration programs prepare you for leadership in the field. The campus program, one of the oldest in the nation, draws on the city and region’s rich tapestry of arts and culture organizations to build your professional network and provide hands-on learning experiences, while the online program draws upon some of the country’s smartest arts leaders as mentors, teachers, and guides. Each program shares the same curriculum, with classes that address arts, commerce, research, and technology in a multi-disciplinary course of study. At Drexel, you’ll develop skills in marketing, fundraising, management and policy in preparation for a career as a community leader in arts and culture.Program StructureThe program is designed around the working professional. All students begin the program with a brief required on-campus residency before completing the remainder of the coursework online. The accredited MS in Arts Administration degree requires that you complete 45 total credits, including courses in cultural policy, strategic planning and fund development. The program includes:On-Campus Residency - September 16th - 19th, 2015 You'll come to Drexel’s campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for 4 days at the beginning of your first term in the program. While here, you'll have the opportunity to meet program faculty and classmates face-to-face, experience the city of Philadelphia’s rich arts community during local area site visits, and network with classmates and program alumni. During the residency, you'll also plan out a course of study with your advisor.Internship and ThesisStudents not currently working in the field have the option of completing a professional internship. The MS in Arts Administration concludes with the presentation of a graduate thesis in either a research topic of your choice or a case study related to your internship experience.Program AlliancesThe Drexel Arts Administration Graduate Program is a proud member of various organizations, including the Association of Arts Administration Educators, the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and Americans for the Arts. The program regularly participates in national research projects, including the National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support project administered by Americans for the Arts and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.Online Open HouseJoin us on Tuesday, April 12th from 12 noon to 1pm to learn more about the program and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. 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Curriculum Professional Requirements AADM 505Overview Of Arts Administration3.0AADM 510Writing for the Arts3.0AADM 610Financial Accounting for Non-Profit Arts Organizations3.0AADM 620Law and the Arts3.0AADM 650Fund Development for the Arts3.0AADM 670Audience Development3.0AADM 710Strategic Planning and Evaluation3.0AADM 750Arts Administration Seminar3.0AADM 751Management Techniques In the Arts3.0AADM 770Technology and the Marketing of the Arts3.0AADM 798Thesis Development 1.5AADM 799Thesis Completion1.5Electives12.0Sample Elective Offerings AADM 660International Cultural Policy AADM 680Trends in Fund Development AADM 720Leadership in the Arts AADM 731Human Resources Management in the Arts AADM 740Production Laboratory in the Arts AADM 752Performing Arts Management AADM 753Visual Arts Organization Management AADM 755Community Cultural Planning AADM 757Political Activism in the Arts AADM 760Special Problems in Arts Management AADM 775Technology Management in the Arts HRMT 622Human Resource Administration MGMT 680Leading for Innovation VSST 501Contemporary Art Issues Total Credits45.0 View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institutionUndergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA's will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)Coursework must include at least one course in financial accounting, two courses in the history or literature of an art, and/or two courses in the practical or creative aspects of an art. If you haven't taken these courses, you must complete them during the first two terms in the program.Required DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo professional letters of recommendationEssay (minimum 800 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of: What led you to the field of Arts AdministrationHow the program will meet your current and future professional development goalsResume demonstrating a strong affinity for the non-profit arts field through work, volunteer experiences, education, or special trainingAdditional requirements for International StudentsYou may transfer up to 15 credits from previous graduate studies into the program (credits must be approved by the program director and all transfer credits must be at the graduate level.) Transfer credits are typically approved only for courses that are substantially the same as a required or elective course in the Arts Administration curriculum. Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2015-2016 is $1157 per credit. This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2015 September 21, 2015 December 5, 2015 December 7, 2015 December 12, 2015 Winter 2016 January 4, 2016 March 14, 2016 March 15, 2016 March 19, 2016 Spring 2016 March 28, 2016 June 6, 2016 June 7, 2016 June 10, 2016 Summer 2016 June 20, 2016 August 29, 2016 August 30, 2016 September 3, 2016 Apply today for a MS in Arts Administration Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.