M.A.A.A. 20th Anniversary

After two decades of achievement, the Master of Arts in Arts Administration (M.A.A.A.) program continues to lead and innovate while remaining focused on the program's three founding principles: academic excellence, community building, and inclusion.

A Program With Purpose

When asked how the M.A.A.A. had had the most impact on them, this is what a few of our alumni said:

“Attending the M.A.A.A. program was one of my most positive and transformative life experiences. I was introduced to a new scope of learning which guided me thoughtfully and firmly to discover a more authentic and critical voice. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend the program. The time spent on campus and in classes have become some of my greatest cherished memories.”

–Robin Talbot, M.A.A.A. 2017

“The faculty and fellow students encouraged confidence in my own abilities, helped me develop new skills, and changed my career perspective. I realized that a job in the in the arts is more than just combining my interests and talents, but an opportunity to improve the world around me and build community in unique, engaging, and impactful ways. I’ve made friends for life, despite the physical distance between us, and mentors who I can always count on for sage advice. I’m forever grateful to the people of the M.A.A.A. program.”

–Abigail Baer, M.A.A.A. 2012

“It launched my career in the arts! I felt like I was spinning my tires before I began this program.”

–Ryan Nicotra, M.A.A.A. 2017

“The relationships I built during residency impacted me the most in M.A.A.A. In my everyday work, I carry with me the thoughts, knowledge, experience, expertise, and genuine goodness of every other student and instructor. These are connections for a lifetime!”

–Dulcie Willis, M.A.A.A. 2010

A Worldwide Network

Our students and alumni live and work around the country and the world. They are leading organizations through change. They are planning, facilitating, evaluating, and raising money; designing and opening new facilities; educating students of all ages, consulting in areas like audience development, strategic planning, and financial development; developing and managing public arts programs and arts advocacy organizations; and exploring arts research for nonprofits and government agencies.

Research in early 2018 revealed that 95 percent of M.A.A.A. graduates currently work in arts administration.