Become an Arts and Cultural Leader with a Graduate Degree Tailored to Your Needs
Here at Drexel, we work with your strengths, expand your capabilities, and give you the tools, resources, and experiences you need to fulfill your passion for arts and culture. We believe that successful leaders are adaptive, resourceful, strategic, and connected, and our renowned arts administration programs build those capacities in you.
Through integrating management theory and practice, exposure to leading arts executives and thinkers, self-study, and academic research, Drexel’s arts administration programs prepare you for leadership in the field. The on-campus program, one of the oldest in the nation, draws on the city and region’s rich tapestry of arts and culture organizations to build your professional network and provide hands-on learning experiences, while the online program draws upon some of the country’s brightest arts leaders as mentors, teachers, and guides. Each program shares the same curriculum, with the flexibility to take both on campus and online courses. You can also set your own pace of study and complete your degree in as little as 15 months or at your own pace while working full time.
Our curriculum addresses contemporary issues in the fields of arts and culture, connecting them to broader trends in business, research, and technology. At Drexel, you’ll develop skills in marketing, fundraising, entrepreneurship, leadership, public policy, and much more as we help you prepare for a career as a leader in arts and culture.
By interacting with your colleagues, faculty, and our extensive network of alumni, you'll also build a network that serves you throughout your career. All students are members of our Arts Administration Graduate Association (AAGA), an organization that complements your classroom experiences through coordinating social and professional events for the arts administration community. Each year, the AAGA board hosts its own series of events, which successfully raise funds to support our first-year graduate students' participation in National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, where we join hundreds of others from across the country to lobby the federal government in support of the arts.
To support you in your studies, the campus program offers three graduate assistantships at the University each year, plus fellowships with local cultural organizations when possible. Because our classes meet in the evenings, many students work full- or part-time while in the program, further developing their expertise and professional networks. Students also have the opportunity to explore international study through a range of specialized courses and initiatives.
Our faculty represent leading thinkers and practitioners in the field, and our graduates work across the country and around the world in positions spanning development, marketing, cultural programming, executive leadership, and more, in cultural and civic organizations of all disciplines, sizes, and stripes. Together, we work to make communities better by building and leading strong, resilient, high-impact organizations.
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Arts Administration Online
The Drexel Arts Administration Graduate Programs are proud members of leading arts service and education organizations, including the Association of Arts Administration Educators, Americans for the Arts, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.