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Performing Arts Administration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #28 (BCR) New York City, NY, United States
In the Performing Arts Administration program from New York University you’ll combine intensive study with internships at leading New York City organizations. Learn how to imagine creative solutions to emergent problems, think critically, communicate effectively, and manage both human and material resources.


Take advantage of unparalleled training within a university that is acclaimed for its preparation of leaders in business, management, and the arts. Your curriculum in the Performing Arts Administration program from New York University can be completed in two years of full-time study and will include course work in management studies either at the Stern School of Business or the Wagner School of Public Service. 

You’ll also study diverse areas of industry-specific interest – such as the environment of arts administration and marketing, finance, planning, and governance in the performing arts – and choose from electives with advice from the program director, as well as complete internships throughout New York City’s performing arts scene. 

A major paper, project, or case study is required in the Seminar on Cultural Policy: Issues in Arts Administration. You’ll learn 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Environment of Performing Arts Administration
  • Principles & Practices of Performing Arts Administration
  • Marketing Concepts
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Law and the Performing Arts
  • Development for the Performing Arts
  • Financial Accounting
  • Marketing the Performing Arts
  • Planning and Finance in the Performing Arts

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      Students have up to six years to complete the program.

  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Résumé/CV 
  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Transcripts  
  • Proficiency in English 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    21540 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10770 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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