Arts Policy & Administration M.A. Program

The Arts Policy and Administration Program at The Ohio State University is one of the first in the country to dedicate itself to serious research and advanced training in arts policy and administration. We offer both a Master's degree and a Ph.D. concentration. The intrinsically interdisciplinary program is housed within the OSU Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy, a leader in its field, and works in collaboration with the well-respected John Glenn College of Public Affairs. The program employs a three-part focus that includes curriculum, research, and collaboration. The curriculum itself has three component parts:

  1. public policy and the arts and culture;
  2. arts management; and
  3. arts education policy and program management.

Students in the program are interested in many fields of art and culture--music, opera, theatre, dance, museums, studio glass, film, media and technology, heritage, etc.  Indeed this diversity of interests enriches classroom discussions and our alumni network. Our students can 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 a variety of other musical and public art programs.

Graduates of the program will have the practical skills required to manage an arts or cultural organization and will understand the important relationships of the arts to education, education to government, and government to the arts.

The program seeks to educate cultural policy makers and administrators who can:

  1. critically assess the value and impact of arts-related legislation and public arts programming
  2. recognize conflicts of policy and practice and seek solutions to these problems
  3. understand the concept and importance of comprehensive arts education as it relates to cultural policy and public education
  4. participate fully and effectively in the public policy arena, whether at the federal, state or local level.
  5. educate arts leaders who are prepared to develop new genres of arts programming and more inclusive, interactive relationships between the public and the arts.

Ph.D. candidates specializing in cultural policy and the arts continue their studies in preparation for careers in teaching, research, and/or administrative roles in higher education, nonprofit arts organizations, public arts agencies and arts service organizations.

The M.A. degree requirements are:

  • Maintaining a greater than 3.0 grade point average in all graduate credit and in all work included in the program of study.
  • Satisfactory completion of a thesis or equivalent project in collaboration with two faculty advisors.
  • Satisfactory completion of an oral defense of a thesis or equivalent project.
  • Satisfactory completion of all of the above within a period of 6 calendar years after admission.

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