Master Degree

The MA in Arts Policy and Administration program is a dual program between the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The program can be completed in two academic years, with students completing 43-46 hours of coursework between both departments. Students study public policy and the arts, arts management, and arts education policy and program management. AAEP and the Glenn College work together to provide a comprehensive and balanced curriculum that examines intersections of public policy, arts and culture.
One of the first programs in the country to dedicate itself to serious research and advanced training in arts policy and administration, students have the opportunity to undertake internships in Columbus with a wide range of arts organizations, including the Columbus Museum of Art, Opera Columbus, the Ohio Arts Council, BalletMet, and Ohio State’s own Wexner Center for the Arts.
At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate competency of the history, evolution, issues and implementation tools of arts policy and arts organization management;
  2. Use concepts commonly used in arts policy and arts administration to understand and analyze situations, issues, and programs that arts policy makers and/or arts administrators encounter;
  3. Understand how research can be used to inform and/or improve arts policy making and arts management; and,
  4. Develop, plan and implement an individual research study relevant to arts policy and/or arts administration and explain its implications for practice.

MA Degree Requirements

  1. Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, or greater, in all graduate credit and in all coursework included in the program of study; 
  2. Satisfactory completion of a thesis or a final project with the supervision of a faculty advisor and one additional faculty member;
  3. Satisfactory completion of an oral defense of a thesis or final project; and,
  4. Satisfactory completion of all of the above within a period of 6 calendar years after admission. 

View the APA Plan of Study