Graduate Degree in Performing Arts Leadership and Management

The Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management program is designed to provide future performing arts executive and artistic leaders with the industry skills required in the 21st century.  The program provides classroom, community-based, and internship training that prepares students to find a meaningful professional career in the arts.  The program is designed for students who hold a baccalaureate degree in music, dance, theatre or related fields.  

The Accelerated Program in Performing Arts Leadership and Management is designed for current Shenandoah Conservatory undergraduates who wish to obtain a Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management in one year, after completion of their undergraduate degree.  Students who are accepted into the accelerated program will take 12 credits of arts leadership and management courses during their undergraduate studies and 3 credits of internship during the summer between their senior year and their year of graduate study.

With a faculty drawn from the professional world, the Performing Art Leadership and Management curriculum includes foundational coursework, internships with leading professional arts organizations throughout the United States, and a capstone project that mirrors projects undertaken by professional arts organizations. Graduates of the program have found management positions with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Arena Stage, BASE Entertainment, Brevard Music Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and many other distinguished organizations.

Alumna Colleen Cook"The Shenandoah Conservatory's arts management master's degree curriculum prepared me to be a leader in this field.  The faculty positioned me for success by providing experience-based instruction that challenged me as a professional and encouraged me to think critically.  The internships I secured as a part of the program provided both high-level connections and the necessary experience to enter the workforce.  Even prior to graduation, I found myself in high demand in the field, equipped with all of the skills I would need to excel."

Colleen Cook, M.S. in Arts Management, 2013
Associate Director of Development
Renaissance Theatre
Mansfield, OH

Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management 2013-2014
Course and Credit Requirements for the Master of Science in Performing Arts Leadership and Management:

AMGT 509 Foundations of Arts Management (3)             
AMGT 512 Marketing and Audience Engagement (3)             
AMGT 517 Financial Management for Arts Organizations (3) 
AMGT 525 Governance of Arts Organizations (3)                              
AMGT 519 Fundraising in the Arts (3)                                            
AMGT 520 Institutional Planning in the Arts (3)                                            
AMGT 526 Leadership in the Arts (3)                                            
AMGT 527 Collaborative Arts Leadership in Practice (3)               
AMGT 698 Internship (3)                                                          
ACCT 501 Foundations of Accounting (3)                             
QM 501 Foundations of Analytics (3)                                           
CONR 689 Arts Management Culminating Project (3)                           

Degree Total 36 Credits


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