MA in Arts and Administration


Program Description

Located in the heart of New York City, the Baruch MA program is training the next generation of leaders in the arts and culture field.   As both partner and supporter of the city's world- renowned museums, theaters, galleries and cultural institutions, the Baruch MA in Arts Administration prepares students for leadership – as activists, educators and managers – to ensure a bright future for the wide range of public, private, and non-profit arts institutions in our field.  

Since admitting our first class of students in Fall 2015, our program has built on the strength of its joint sponsorship across Baruch’s three schools:  the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business, and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.  Students greatly benefit from this integrated approach of Arts, Culture, Management, and Public Policy in our curriculum.  Our faculty are leading educators and practitioner from diverse fields, including fine and performing arts, communication studies, public policy, accounting, management, and organization theory.  

The 36-unit (1.5 to 2 years) MA program admits students each semester, and includes a core curriculum focused on leadership and management in public, non-profit and commercial arts organizations.  Utilizing the wealth of our New York City arts community, students learn from a diversity of artists, arts professionals, and civic leaders and they develop competence in finance, resource development, marketing, audience engagement, entertainment law, arts education and outreach, public policy, and advocacy.

The core curriculum is further enhanced by a wide range of electives that provide the opportunity for students to deepen their knowledge within specific areas of interest as well as explore disciplines new to them. Students are expected to study across artistic disciplines to increase their awareness of the field as a whole and better prepare them for success in our fast-paced and ever-changing field.  With a practical approach, the program encourages students to engage in professional internships with engaged mentors; and, in their final semester, students develop aconsultancy with an arts organization, leading to a thesis or case study for use by the organization, as well as future students and practitioners in the field. 

We serve part- and full-time students with courses scheduled to meet the needs of working professionals as well as full time students.  The majority of courses are offered in the evening after 6:00 pm. Some students have substantial experience in cultural institutions; others are recent college graduates; and still others are individuals contemplating career changes. 

Baruch College and the City University have a long tradition of serving an economically and ethnically mixed population.  In addition, our commitment to this program stems from a profound awareness of the difficulties facing arts organizations in this country and abroad which include changing priorities in public and foundation funding, vast competition for audience attention, and changes in audience demographics. By providing an affordable and top-rate education to strong candidates, our program aims to support greater diversity among the next generation of exceptional leaders for arts and cultural institutions.

The program was founded by Bruce Payne, former President of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation.  David Milch, Distinguished Lecturer in Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College serves as the current Director of the Masters in Arts Administration program. 

Last updated Aug 2020

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Baruch College is ranked among the region's and nation's top colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and others. Our campus is within easy reach of Wall Street, Midtown, an ... Read More

Baruch College is ranked among the region's and nation's top colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Princeton Review, and others. Our campus is within easy reach of Wall Street, Midtown, and the global headquarters of major companies and non-profit and cultural organizations, giving students unparalleled internship, career, and networking opportunities. The College's more than 18,000 students, who speak more than 110 languages and trace their heritage to more than 160 countries, have been repeatedly named one of the most ethnically diverse student bodies in the United States. Read less