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Does the Arts Management program in the Department of Performing Arts (DPA) support study in visual arts?

The arts management program focuses across all arts disciplines, including the visual arts. Typically an incoming class consists of 20-30 percent visual arts students. The Katzen Arts Center and its 30,000 square-foot gallery space offers vast opportunities for those interested in visual arts. With this individually-designed curriculum, visual arts students may take electives and rotating topic courses in museum management, art history, etc.


How do I apply?

Application information can be found on the program pages for the following:


Are GRE or GMAT scores required for admittance into the MA Arts Management program?

Applicants must take the GRE or GMAT. However, there is no minimum score required; the DPA simply must have a score on file. Individuals with 8 years or greater professional experience may request to have the GRE/GMAT requirement waived.


Does the DPA offer financial aid to graduate students?

The DPA offers a limited number of competitive fellowships for areas, including graduate recruitment, dance facilities manager, and teaching. Students interested in being considered for fellowships must submit a complete application no later than January 15 and include his or her request for consideration in the personal statement. Students are encouraged to pursue other areas of financial aid, including outside scholarships, federal loans, etc. Please visit the College of Arts and Sciences admissions Web site for more financial aid information.


What does the Katzen Arts Center mean for the Arts Management program?

The Katzen Arts Center has a new arts management resource room with texts, journals, books, and computers that students can use on site.


What types of performance opportunities are available on campus?

Arts management students may participate in any of the DPA or university ensembles and performances. One credit per semester for a maximum of 3 credits may be applied to his/her academic program.


What is the arts management program's involvement with national and international organizations?

The arts management program maintains academic and professional relationships with many national and regional institutions, including the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington, Dance/USA, Opera America, US State Department, Smithsonian, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington National Opera, the National Symphony Orchestra, Arena Stage, American Association of Museums, Theatre Communications Group, Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, National Communication Association, Association for Arts Administration Educators, and numerous regional museums and performing arts institutions.


What are comprehensive exams?

Comprehensive exams are a required component of the graduate programs in the DPA. The four-hour exam consists of three questions - 1 two-hour question and 2 one-hour questions. Each student selects two topic areas in addition to the general question. The comprehensive exam packet has additional information.


What is the difference between thesis, directed research, and master's portfolio?

As a capstone project, students must register for 6 credits of Master's Thesis PERF-797, Directed Research PERF-793, or Master's Portfolio PERF-792. The Master's Thesis is a traditional research-based academic exercise designed for those interested in pursuing a PhD or work in a research field. The Directed Research project involves research with practical analysis or application, for example a case study or marketing plan. The Master's Portfolio involves an additional 200 hours of internship and the development of a creative professional portfolio.


I am an organization seeking interns, where can I send information?

To have your organization's internship posted to our student listserv, please send an internship description to


What is a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management?

The graduate certificate in arts management is a recognized form of continuing education. Students gain knowledge and experience in non-profit arts management, including fundraising, marketing and public relations, and Board of Director interactions through 15 credit hours of coursework. View the Certificate page for more information.


What is the average number of applications that you receive for the Arts Management program and what number are you looking to admit each year?

80+ applications are received each year. A maximum of 18 MA students and 4 certificate students are admitted each year.


How much weight is placed on the previous and/or current professional experience in the arts?

Each student application is reviewed individually, so no specific weight is placed on professional experience. Applications are evaluated in a holistic manner.


Where are alumni working now?

Program alumni are working in a variety of positions across the United States, and also in international locations.