The MA Program in Arts Administration at Baruch College (CUNY)

Located in the heart of New York City, this is a leadership program for activists, educators and managers in the arts.  It is designed to be both partner and supporter of the city's museums, theaters, galleries and concert halls, and to prepare students for leadership in a range of public, private, and non-profit arts institutions.  We admit students each semester.  Our first students joined the program in Fall, 2015.

This 36-unit (1.5 to 2 years) MA program is jointly sponsored by the principal components of Baruch: the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences, the Zicklin School of Business, and the School of Public Affairs.  Our faculty members come from many fields, among them fine and performing arts, communication studies, public policy, accounting, management, and organization theory.  Students’ work includes:

  • A core curriculum focused on leadership and management in public, non-profit and commercial arts organizations.  Students meet with a wide range of artists, arts professionals, and civic leaders, and they develop competence in finance, resource development, marketing, entertainment law, arts education and outreach, public policy, and advocacy.
  • Electives that encourage students to deepen their knowledge in particular fields: among them, theatre, orchestra, and museum management; artist representation; and arts education. 
  • Internships that offer significant responsibilities and engaged mentors.
  • A consultancy in the final semester with an arts organization, leading to a thesis or case study published online for use by future students and by practitioners in the field.

We serve part- and full-time students.  Some have substantial experience in cultural institutions; others are recent college graduates; and still others are individuals contemplating career changes.  We welcome applications from international students with demonstrated competence in English.

Baruch College and the City University have a long tradition of serving an economically and ethnically mixed population. This new Baruch MA Program in Arts Administration should over time add needed diversity to the staffs of the city's cultural institutions, not least because it is available at a fraction of the cost of similar programs at other major New York institutions.

Underlying our commitment to this program is a profound awareness of the difficulties facing arts organizations in this country and abroad: e.g. changing priorities in public and foundation funding; altered audience demographics; shortened attention spans; and cuts in publicly funded arts education.

The program was founded by Bruce Payne, Distinguished Lecturer in Communication Studies at Baruch and former President of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation. Dr. Karen Shelby, Assistant Professor of Art History at Baruch College currently serves as the Interim Director of the Masters in Arts Administration program.

 

For more information please contact:

Office of Graduate Studies
Weissman School of Arts and Sciences
Baruch College/CUNY
One Bernard Baruch Way, Box B8-211
New York, NY 10010
Telephone: 646-312-4490
Fax: 646-312-4491
E-mail: wsas.graduate.studies@baruch.cuny.edu

The City University of New York