MA in Arts Management Experiential Learning Dual MA in Art History & Arts Management Minor in Arts Management Accelerated MA / Theater BA Study International Arts Management

MA in Arts Management

The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the world of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills.

Applications are now open for Spring 2016 and Fall 2016.


Experiential Learning

Our students make an impact through internships at Washington, D.C., area arts organizations, collectively contributing over 60,000 hours in support of the arts, while gaining valuable professional experience.

Dual MA in Art History & Arts Management

We are pleased to announce the addition of a dual MA in Art History and Arts Management degree program to our offerings.

Minor in Arts Management

Undergraduate students can add a minor in arts management to strengthen their skills in public relations, fundraising, and project management.

Accelerated MA / Theater BA

Complete your MA in arts management with one additional year of study following the Bachelor of Arts in theater program at Mason.

Study International Arts Management

Study visual and performing arts management in a global context through Mason’s summer study abroad courses.


Welcome to the Arts Management Program

The Arts Management Program at George Mason University seeks to advance the management of all aspects of the arts. Our graduates, taught by some of this country’s most outstanding practicing managers, provide for the development and nurturing of artists, audiences, and communities. The Mason Arts Management Program, located in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, offers a MA in arts management, an undergraduate minor in arts management, and in partnership with the School of Theater, an accelerated MA in arts management/BA in theater.

Why Mason Arts Management?

Through study that is critical, practical, and experiential, our curriculum encourages students to build a balanced foundation of executive leadership skills necessary to succeed in nonprofit visual and performing arts management. Management courses are situated in a core framework of classes devoted to understanding the place of arts in society, and designed to cultivate leadership and entrepreneurship in the arts.  Our alumni are transforming, inspiring and empowering communities by providing access to, and advocating for the arts, as leaders in nonprofit performing and visual arts organizations.


Learn about the history and influence of art policy, art law, and critical inquiry in the arts.

  • Research & writing
  • Critical analysis
  • Engagement strategies


Gain practical knowledge of fiscal, marketing, fundraising, and operations methods.

  • Arts Marketing & PR
  • Grantwriting & fundraising
  • Nonprofit financial acumen


First-hand study through applied projects, internships, and entrepreneurial practice.

  • Professional experience
  • Diverse perspectives
  • Entrepreneurial leadership

Start the conversation today.

Take the next step and start the conversation about how you envision your professional arts career. Sign up for an information session, schedule a campus visit, or email, to find out how George Mason University Arts Management can help you attain your academic and professional goals.

George Mason University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Arts & Design (NASAD).