Preparing Students for Successful Careers in the Business of the Arts

The University of Akron founded its graduate program leading to a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Theatre Arts with an option in Arts Administration in 1980. The program is housed in the School of Dance, Theatre, and Arts Administration in the College of Creative and Professional Arts.

The curriculum of this 45-credit, 2-year degree is designed to prepare students for successful careers in all disciplines of the not-for-profit arts. The strength of the program lies in a commitment to balancing theoretical study in the classroom with application through practical experiences and internships.

Each year up to 12 students are selected for admission. It would be difficult to describe a "typical" Arts Administration student at The University of Akron. Classes are made up of diverse people of all ages, from countries all over the world, and with a wide variety of cultural, educational, and practical backgrounds. What all students in this program share is a passion for developing the skills essential for creating an environment in which the arts and culture can thrive.