Online Master of Arts in Arts Administration Career Outlook

The M.A. in Arts Administration (M.A.A.A.) program prepares you with skills in governance, audience development, financial management, marketing and law relating to the nonprofit arts that can be applied to a wide range of leadership roles in arts administration. More than 90 percent of the students who enter this program have been working in the arts and cultural realms of the nonprofit world. The M.A.A.A. program prepares them for further advancement in industries that include:

  • Arts and cultural center management
  • Arts councils/commissions
  • Arts services programs
  • Communications
  • Cultural tourism
  • Education
  • Heritage and preservation
  • Marketing
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations
  • Performing and visual arts
  • Public art

Positions for arts roles such as producers and directors as well as art, drama and music teachers are experiencing well above the national average expected growth by 2024.1 Occupations related to a degree in arts administration will see 90,900 estimated replacement jobs from 2014-2024 and 27,200 new jobs, indicating promising job opportunities for highly qualified professionals.2

Representative Nonprofit Leadership Roles

Graduates of Winthrop’s M.A.A.A. program have thrived in a variety of arts administration position titles. In addition to being creatively satisfying and artistically important, many of these roles also offer good pay, as indicated by the average salary information available for certain roles.3 Some positions* that our graduates go on to include:

  • Artistic director, $62,571
  • Community and corporate relations manager, $52,511
  • Development director/officer, $53,035
  • Director of marketing and communications, $41,547
  • Director of operations, $83, 293
  • Education coordinator, $51,821
  • Executive director, $78,394
  • Exhibition planner, $44,664
  • Facility manager, $58,420
  • Financial manager $67,527
  • Gallery director, $41,547
  • Grants manager, $53,829
  • Manager of artistic outreach, $52,511
  • Program and project director, $62,571
  • Public art administrator, $61,958
  • Special events coordinator, $44,664
  • Vice president of programming, $52,511

Learn more about how an online M.A.A.A. from Winthrop can advance your career in arts administration. Contact a Program Manager toll-free at 833/257-1704 or request more information today.

1,2U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

3Salaries taken from America for the Arts ( on 8/1/2017

*All salaries listed above are national averages and may vary from state to state.