MA in Arts Management

Position yourself for a successful and rewarding career where art meets the public. Combine management concepts in areas such as business law, marketing, human resources and financial management with insight into the increasingly complex legal, political and economic issues related to the management of the arts. 

UB's Arts Management Program helps you enhance your education with high-impact experiential learning and extracurricular activities to develop the skills that employers demand. Work in performing and visual arts institutions, in not-for-profit organizations, in development and fund raising offices or as an advocate for arts organizations.

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Be Career Ready

Employers often cite the skills profile of applicants as the most important factor in their recruitment and job offer decisions.

  • Acquire the skills to understand the political, social and economic climate in your community and nationally, and how this effects support for the arts.
  • Enhance your ability to identify and solve complex, interdisciplinary tensions that are inherent in arts management and cultural policy making.
  • Learn to recognize and value critical approaches, integrating theory with practice
  • Gain foundational knowledge in areas such as law, finance, marketing and human resources

Here is how we help you develop 10 critical skills:

What career is in your future?

* Executive Director
* Director of Marketing
* Director of Operations
* Director of Development
* Director of Communications
* Director of Public Relations
* Community Engagement Officer
* Education Officer
* Event Manager
* Theatre Manager
* Art Gallery Manager
* Arts Marketing Strategist

Compensation Information

Young Alumni

Below are a few recent alumni who are making a difference in their profession and their communities. They're looking forward to helping you expand your professional network.

  • Claire Saunders MA ’17, Group Sales & Community Engagement Coordinator, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo, NY
  • Angela Goldberg MA ’17, Managing Director, Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Buffalo, NY
  • Elizabeth Miller MA ’16, Audience Engagement, BodyVox Dance Company, Portland, OR
  • Rachel Macklin Olszewski MA ’16, Program Director, Niagara Arts & Cultural Center; Graduate Staff Assistant, UB Department of Theatre and Dance, Buffalo, NY
  • Justina Doyle MA ’14, Membership Marketing Manager, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
  •  Xiaolei Zhang MA ’14, Assistant to the Director, Beijing Nine Gates International Jazz Festival (Chinese Jazz Association), Beijing, China
  • Mary Cahill MA ’14, Marketing Manager, HHL Architects, Buffalo, NY
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