Contemporary culture is a dynamic context that incorporates the arts, popular culture, politics, economics, technology, and critical theory. In a rapidly changing and globalizing society, arts organizations are called to respond to new audiences, ethical challenges, and economic difficulties. The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program provides an academic structure within which students can master specific sets of skills while building a critical perspective toward issues of contemporary arts administration. By combining theory with practice, the program offers students the critical, quantitative, and administrative skills needed to assume positions of leadership within the next generation of cultural organizations.
The thesis project is the culmination of the MAAA program and is an opportunity for students to accomplish substantial original research into a topic that focuses their professional interests and expertise. Thesis instruction is designed to provide the student with the skills to generate research questions, critically evaluate research studies, construct research design, and generate viable thesis proposals. This is accomplished through lecture, discussion, and activities. Students then develop a research proposal of their own design. The completed thesis demonstrates the student’s ability to design, justify, execute, evaluate, and present the results of original research or of a substantial project.
The diverse range of topics being addressed by MAAA students is reflected in what follows, and indicates the strength of the program, its students, and faculty.