Majors & Programs of Study

Master of Fine Arts
in Arts Administration

The Arts Administration graduate program blends a love of the arts with the professional business skills necessary to promote, manage and fund arts organizations. This two year, year-round program develops skills in administration, marketing, fundraising, finance, advocacy, education and community relations. Arts Administration students work alongside seasoned arts management professionals in a combination of classroom discussions and hands-on experience that successfully prepares our graduates for the arts administration job market.


  • SUU is included in The Princeton Review’s Top Business Schools in the U.S. and U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Universities- Master’s” regional listings.
  • All admitted students are awarded assistantships and tuition waivers.
  • Practical experiences and projects enhance the combined learning-working atmosphere.
  • Professional consulting opportunities are provided for our graduate students through the Utah Center for Arts Administration.


Arts management in community, regional or national non-profit arts organizations; opportunities in the management of commercial arts organizations as presenters or artist managers; arts consultancy; leadership in governmental arts agencies on the local, state or national levels


Utah Shakespeare Festival, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts, The Utah Center for Arts Administration


  • Graduate Student Association
  • The Utah Center for Arts Administration
  • Internships


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Sara Staheli

Graduated: Class of 2008- MFA
Class of 2009- MBA

Current job: Associate Vice President of Development
Hale Center Theatre

"I chose Southern Utah University’s MFA program as a way to fuse my business background with my love of the arts. It combines theory, functional application and real-time opportunities into an educational experience that is both academic and practical. It served as a two year professional development seminar with the assistantship serving as a laboratory for the coursework. Great instructors and professional mentors helped me learn from both my triumphs and struggles."

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