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Arts Administration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #101 (QS) University Park, PA, United States
The Pennsylvania State University Arts Administration program is intended for students with an interest in the arts and a desire to pursue careers in the administration or management of arts organizations such as museums, theatre companies, orchestras and choruses. 
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The Arts Administration program offered at Pennsylvania State University combines a broad exposure to the arts with significant training in management, marketing, event planning, strategic planning, writing, development, and digital communication.

The interdisciplinary Arts Administration program answers the growing need for leaders and administrators of arts organizations that must compete, survive, and thrive in a corporate world. Recognizing that these organizations have missions that are different from business corporations, the Arts Administration program aims to produce capable arts administrators, managers, and entrepreneurs with both aesthetic sensibilities and business acumen. Successful arts administration is crucial to the continued vitality of modern cultural institutions, creative enterprises, and arts organizations. If the public is to benefit, skilled arts administrators must facilitate the work of artists to realize their artistic vision and share it with the public, by executing the necessary financial, legal, and organizational decisions. In short, talented arts administrators are partners in a collaborative artistic process. The major includes the following options:

  • Digital Media Option - emphasizes design and social media engagement, so that student may create and manage online content for cultural organizations. Students develop proficiency in web writing, image editing, layout, and communication-based advertising.
  • Marketing Option - provides a business core for careers that emphasize fiscal planning with arts organizations. The coursework includes statistics, marketing research, and services marketing which is specific to arts and cultural organizations.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    For first-year, domestic students Early Action is November 15. We recommend submitting a complete application, including all required materials, by December 1.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    121 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Arts Administration
  • Strategic Management and Planning for the Arts
  • Fundraising and Grant Writing

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application
  • Official secondary school records
  • Official test scores: SAT or ACT
  • English language proficiency, if your native language is not English

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35984 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    35984 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35984 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    18454 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18454 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for University Park

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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