Drexel University

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design

Arts Administration


3001 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS in Arts Administration

Format: Campus

Program Description:

One of the oldest programs in the nation, Drexel's Arts Administration graduate program strives to provide the highest quality education for our students by integrating management practice, theory, and practicum into the curriculum. Classes incorporate the four branches of the arts, commerce, research, and technology for a multi-disciplinary course of study. Our program emphasizes business areas such as marketing and policy development to prepare students for careers as arts managers and leaders in the field. The program also serves as a link between the arts and the community, working closely with the local and national arts and cultural organizations in research and consulting opportunities. Students design their individual program of study in Westphal College's Arts Administration graduate program, with the help of an advisor, in accordance with their needs and career goals. Candidates for the M.S. in Arts Administration degree must complete 45 credits, including courses in cultural policy, strategic management, and fund development. Upon completion of their core studies, students have the opportunity to participate in an internship within the arts and cultural community. The graduate program concludes with the presentation of the students' graduate theses in either a research topic of choice or a case study related to their internship experience. The Drexel Arts Administration Graduate Program is a proud member of various organizations, including the Association of Arts Administration Educators and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The program was a sponsor of the Social Theory, Politics and the Arts Conference in 1998, and regularly participates in national research projects including the National and Local Profiles of Cultural Support project, administered by Americans for the Arts and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Large City

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