Arts Management MA (Online)

Put Your Passion For Arts To Work

The Arts Management Program is a synchronous, online program that combines the best aspects of the traditional classroom and innovations in online education. This responds to the current trends and needs of a contemporary workforce in the arts and non-profit sector. 

Your experience in the Arts Management program will begin with Seminar in Arts Management. This core course will provide an overview of trends and contemporary issues in the field, as well as an orientation into arts management and academic resources to support your graduate work in this synchronous, online degree program!

Course Plan for MA Arts Management

Core Courses

Obtain the foundational knowledge in key arts management areas that you will oversee throughout your career, whether working for arts not for profits, art businesses, or as an entrepreneur. While some core courses focus on the key theories and history around the development of arts and management best practices, others delve into the technical and experiential elements  found in the arts management field and the skills needed such as:

All core courses are taught synchronously online. For a full listing of core courses see the program catalog.


Our mix of 3 and 1-credit elective courses offered each semester allow you to personalize your education and professional development around specific career interests in the arts. Examples of elective offerings include focuses in such areas as:

In addition to our rotating elective offerings, you can work individually with faculty in an independent study around your specific arts management interests. You can also select an additional 3-credit internship experience after completing the initial internship requirement.

For a full listing of courses see the program catalog.


Our 126-hour internship requirement transforms theory into practice, giving you the knowledge, skills, and judgment to advance in visual and performing arts organizations. Since the program is online, you can intern anywhere in world! You will work with an internship coordinator to ensure your selected internships, paid or unpaid, will be able to count for credit! 

Read the Internship Guide, MA in Arts Management.

Your experience will provide opportunities to network locally within your existing arts community or engage with a new arts community! In the wake of COVID-19, creative communities and centers are being created across urban, suburban, and rural communities. International internship opportunities are also an option and encouraged. Many of our students have gone on to work with the arts organizations with whom they interned. 


You'll complete your program with a capstone project, in which you'll demonstrate expertise in a specific area of arts management. Faculty will provide guidance and feedback on your topic.  

Students will have the option to complete a Research Capstone or Portfolio Capstone, depending on their interests and careers goal. Both capstone projects will culminate in a final paper and public presentation to Arts Management Program faculty, instructors, alumni, current students, and the arts community. 

Arts Management MA (Online) Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live in the Washington, D.C. metro area?

No, the synchronous online nature of our program provides an opportunity for you to earn your degree while you continue to engage in your  own local arts community! The arts happen everywhere and we value the opportunity for you to work locally or wherever you see your arts career flourishing.  Many students do choose to move to the region short term  to complete internships or explore career opportunities. 

What if I do not want to move or attend a site visit?

You do not need  to move to Washington, DC or Northern Virginia to complete the program. Many of the resources in this area are accessible virtually. In cases where site visits might occur, classes can join remotely! 

Where do graduates of George Mason University's Arts Management Program work?

Arts Management students and alumni work across the arts and culture field, supporting audiences and artists alike in growing access to the arts!

  • Mimi Glass ‘19, is the Membership Manager at Dance/USA. 

  • Sara Boyce ‘25 is the Assistant Manager, CETA Partnership Schools and Teacher Professional Learning at the Kennedy Center. 

  • Lauren Schick O’Connell ‘17 is the Manager of Principal Giving and Donor Engagement at PBS. 

  • Elena Forbes ‘16 is the Director of Advancement at the Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art part of Catholic University. 

  • Erin (Shannahan) Murilla ‘11 is the Associate Director for Revenue & Ticketing at Carolina Performing Arts.