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Arts Management Admissions

The Arts Management program teaches students the executive leadership skills they need to succeed in nonprofit visual and performing arts management.

Kaisha Sutton Huguley at the Kennedy Center.

Kaisha Sutton Huguley, who graduated with an MA in Arts Management in 2013, did an internship at the Kennedy Center. The Arts Management program teaches students the executive leadership skills they need to succeed in nonprofit visual and performing arts management.

The Mason Arts Management Program offers an undergraduate minor, an accelerated master’s program in partnership with School of Theater, an MA in Arts Management and a dual MA in arts management and art history.

The minor in Arts Management is open to all College of Visual and Performing Arts majors, as well as art history majors. Classes cover research, writing, arts marketing, public relations, grant writing, fundraising, critical analysis, and non-profit financial skills. Mason alumni are leaders in nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations.

Studying Arts Management

Theater, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

Undergraduates in Theater may apply to the Accelerated Master of Arts in Arts Management degree program. If accepted, students will be able to earn a BA in Theater and an MA in Arts Management after satisfactory completion of 150 credits.

Students choosing the accelerated option must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. The regular time-frame design would start in the fall, with completion in the summer five years later, but longer time frames may also be available.

This accelerated option is offered through joint cooperation between the School of Theater and the Arts Management Program.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master’s programs must have completed at least 75 credits that apply to their undergraduate degrees (with at least 24 credits at Mason) and no more than 90 credits. Applicants should submit an Accelerated Master’s Program Application, available from the College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Studies. It includes the proposed conferral date for the undergraduate degree and the two graduate courses that are to be applied to the undergraduate degree.

Interested students should contact the Arts Management Program Office by emailing for more details about the application process.

Accelerated Option Requirements

As an undergraduate, the accelerated master’s student is to complete the two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master’s Program application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form (which shall incorporate all the Graduate Admission requirements of the university) and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master’s students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master’s degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. The Internship (AMGT 740) will be within Theater at Mason (generally with the School of Theater). Students will begin their master’s programs in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree, and they may also begin in the summer term.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high-achieving undergraduates with permission of the School of Theater. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation and must be approved by the Dean’s Office.

To apply these credits to the master’s degree, students must request that the credits be moved from the undergraduate degree to the graduate degree using the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form.

This information comes from the University Catalog. Always refer to the University Catalog for official information relating to your program, and consult your academic advisor.

Arts Management Minor

The field of visual and performing arts offers many career paths that rely on a strong foundation in one or more art forms and require specific knowledge and skills in administration and management. The minor in arts management is open to all College of Visual and Performing Arts majors, as well as art history majors. All other students must complete 9 credits of arts-related course work to be eligible for this minor.

To declare a minor, please contact Nicole Springer.

Sarah Coffin speaks about her independent study project.

Sarah Coffin, an Arts Management graduate student, speaks about her independent study project, "The Empty House Studio" at the Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Contact Us

Email us or call us: 703-993-8926. Visit us at Metropolitan Building, Arlington campus, 3434 N. Washington Blvd, Room 5064, Arlington, VA 22201.

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