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Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship, MS

The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship (AACE) prepares arts leaders to both convey the human necessity of creative expression and apply creative thinking to manage resources, inspire audience engagement, and sustain financial support.

  • Academics
  • Experiences
  • Interests

Arts administrators are the bridge between creative practitioners and audiences and between arts institutions and supportive stakeholders. In today’s digitally driven, highly competitive, and increasingly global economy, traditional institutions for visual and performing arts face critical sustainability challenges. Leaders in the arts must adopt the creative thinking and problem-solving skills of an entrepreneur in order to envision new models for creative practice, audience engagement, and funding.

The interdisciplinary Master of Science in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship (AACE) prepares arts leaders to both convey the human necessity of creative expression and apply creative thinking to manage resources, inspire audience engagement, and sustain financial support. The arts, and audience opportunities to experience them, are more dynamic and diverse than ever before, flourishing in major arts institutions as well as non-hierarchical organizations, from artist-run spaces and community organizations to annual festivals and pop-up exhibitions. It is time for a transformation in leadership training that matches the ingenuity of today’s most exciting experiments in music, dance, theatre, and the visual arts. Arts leaders must also be equipped with the administrative, analytical, and technological skill sets necessary to excel within the complex, interdependent arts ecosystem.

The Master of Science in Arts Administration + Cultural Entrepreneurship is conveniently offered 100% online, though students may also choose from a selection of on-campus electives.  Please note that the AACE program offerings do not meet international student visa requirements. 

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Interests of Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship, MS Students

  • administration
  • art
  • music
  • non-profit

Career Opportunities

  • Multidisciplinary Skills
    • Grant writing
    • Budget planning
    • Strategic planning
    • Event planning
    • Management
  • Careers of Tomorrow
    • Arts administrator
    • Fundraising
    • Development
    • Arts programming
    • Educational programming

University Requirements

The MS consists of 30 credit hours. Students complete six required courses and four electives. Students may complete the entire program online or choose from a selection of on-campus electives offered through the College of Arts, Media and Design and D’Amore McKim School of Business.

Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship, MS Requirements

*For complete program course listing, visit the University course catalog.

Resources for Current Students

Course Catalog

Visit the Registrar�s website for a course catalog and information on university core requirements.

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Program Coordinators:

Rebekah E. Moore

Assistant Professor Music Industry, Graduate Coordinator Arts Administration and Cultural Engagement

r.moore@northeastern.edu

Department Chair:

Daniel Strong Godfrey

Department Chair, Professor

d.godfrey@northeastern.edu
617-373-6352

Administrators:

Cathy Bright

Graduate Enrollment Manager

c.bright@northeastern.edu
617-373-2566

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