Bring your love of the arts to leadership positions with arts institutions through NYU Steinhardt’s MA in Visual Arts Administration. Prepare for a dynamic career in the commercial or non-profit art sectors.
Our master’s degree was the first in the United States to focus on visual arts management careers in both traditional and alternative contexts. The curriculum prepares you for leadership roles in a broad range of arts organizations. We consider the cultural and economic impact of the visual arts, nationally and internationally, as well as the challenges facing the arts today.
A strong emphasis is placed on acquiring theoretical and practical tools for fundraising, financial management, marketing, and knowledge of new media and technology in the visual arts. Take entry-level business courses at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and choose a secondary area of study, such as curatorial studies, arts advocacy/arts education, or global perspectives, or create your own. Learn from faculty with deep ties to the arts industry.
Engage in practical learning in New York City and take advantage of a wealth of career networking opportunities through our internship requirement. Past internship placements have included MoMA, Sotheby’s, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christie’s, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Creative Time, and Art Forum.
Enroll in our optional summer graduate study abroad courses in London, Paris, and Berlin to observe exciting changes in the visual and performing arts in other countries.
Our Students and Alumni
Most students come to the program with work experience in the arts or arts-related fields. Program alumni are museum directors, fundraising experts, public art advocates, gallery directors, auction experts, corporate art consultants, and art fair managers across the U.S. and around the world.
Study Full or Part Time
Two years are required for completion of the full-time program, generally
including one summer. Part-time students have up to six years to graduate.
How to Apply
Admission is for the fall semester each year. The application deadline is January 6. Learn how to apply. You can also join our email list to receive more program information, and register to attend an upcoming information session.