Online Master of Arts in Arts Administration Career Outlook

This graduate degree program is for individuals with experience in arts organizations who seek to enhance their effectiveness and increase their career opportunities as arts administration professionals.

Graduates of the MAAA program have used their skills to build successful careers in areas such as:

  • Public Art
  • Marketing
  • Grant Writing
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Communications
  • Program Direction
  • External Relations
  • Facility Management
  • Audience Engagement
  • Volunteer Management
  • Personnel Management
  • Community Engagement
  • Educational Programming
  • Heritage and Preservation
  • Special Event Coordination
  • Front of House Management
  • Fundraising and Development

 MAAA program graduates are prepared for further advancement in organizations such as:

  • Theatres
  • Galleries
  • Museums
  • Arts Centers
  • Opera Companies
  • Symphony Orchestras
  • Dance Companies and Schools
  • Arts Service Organizations (national, state or local level)
  • Arts Councils and Commissions (national, state, or local level)

Nonprofit Leadership Roles

Graduates of Winthrop’s MAAA program have thrived in a variety of arts administration roles. Salaries vary by industry, location, organization size, and experience level:

RoleSalary Range 
Artistic Director$78,000 - $135,000
Community and Corporate Relations Manager$95,000 - $165,000
Development Director/Officer$91,000 - $162,000
Director of Marketing and Communications$100,000 - $192,000
Director of Operations$61,000 - $152,000
Education Coordinator$50,000 - $81,000
Executive Director$111,000 - $234,000
Exhibition Planner$39,000 - $79,000
Facility Manager$75,000 - $126,000
Financial Manager$100,000 - $192,000
Gallery Director$47,000 - $77,000
Grants Manager$77,000 - $151,000
Manager of Artistic Outreach$49,000 - $82,000
Program and Project Director$51,000 - $129,000
Special Events Coordinator $38,000 - $67,000

Source:  Lightcast™, accessed 12/21/2022.


"The MAAA program provided invaluable insight into where a career in arts administration could take me, and was instrumental in helping me make connections and find the professional opportunities needed to take the next step in my journey."

-Jeff Robinson, Alumnus Class of 2020

Art Administration Career Resources 

The Art Administration program provides students with the opportunity to venture into a wide array of career paths. A few examples include:


Art Search 


League of American Orchestras 

Visual Arts  

American Alliance of  Museums   

Arts Counsels 

Americans for the Arts 

North Carolina  

Arts North Carolina 


Dance USA 


Learn More 

Learn more about how an online MAAA from Winthrop can advance your career in arts administration.For more information about our Arts Adminstration program, contact Program Director Robert Wildman at, or Winthrop Graduate School Recruiter Hunter Huggins (MA in Arts Administration '22) at

For admissions, speak with an enrollment counselor toll-free at 833-257-1704 or request more information today.