Is a Master of Arts in Arts Administration Worth It?

Posted: February 22, 2021 | Author: Grace Thorkelson | Read Time: 2 minutes

Is a Master of Arts in Arts Administration Worth It?The Master of Arts track in Southern Utah University’s Arts Administration Program is a 36-credit program designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to work in a variety of fields within the arts industry. This track is offered entirely online and begins with a three-day conference in Cedar City each Fall. This allows students to meet their cohort, become oriented to the program and professors, and engage fully with SUU and the surrounding community.

The faculty and staff of the Arts Administration Program exemplify excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional contributions to the field. The environment they create enhances the educational atmosphere of the program, instilling in students a desire for lifelong learning.

What Can You Do with a Master of Arts in Arts Administration?

Graduates of this program are prepared for a variety of careers ranging from art education, to grant writing, advocacy, marketing, management, and so much more.

“Graduates of our program go on to work in various positions that are as diverse as the field itself and the many arts disciplines within it,” said Rachel Parker, director of the Arts Administration Program. “Careers can be found in various not-for-profit and for-profit arts organizations as well as in not-for-profit organizations outside the arts arena.”

Alumni of the Arts Administration program have secured a wide array of job opportunities over the last two years including:

  • Elisabeth B (2020), development administrative coordinator at Central City Opera in Central City, CO
  • Emily R (2020), art education director at Dixie Montessori Academy in Washington, UT
  • Arielle A (2019), adult education and programs manager at Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, TN
  • Tanner G (2019), individual giving coordinator at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in Dallas, TX

In addition to the program’s demonstrated ability to prepare students for successful careers in the arts industry, it is ranked number two in the country as the most affordable Master’s degree in entertainment management online programs. SUU has its students’ best interests at heart and works to maintain a competitive tuition rate to encourage students to achieve their career goals through graduate studies.


Overall, the Master of Arts Administration track is flexible, affordable, and will benefit you throughout the course of your professional career!

“The Master of Arts track in the Arts Administration Program is designed to blend a love of the arts with the professional business skills necessary to promote, maintain, enhance, and fund arts organizations,” said Parker. “Coursework on the AA-MA track is done entirely online and can easily fit into even the busiest schedule. Much of the homework throughout the program is geared towards the students’ current employment, which helps the student apply theory directly into practice, and also adds to the convenience of the track.”

If you are interested in learning more about the Arts Administration program, reach out to the Graduate Admissions team.

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