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Arts Administration and Policy: Graduate Overview

The Department of Arts Administration and Policy offers a two-year graduate program that culminates in the Master of Arts (MA) in Arts Administration and Policy. In addition, it collaborates with the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism to offer a three-year Dual MA Degree in Arts Administration and Policy and Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

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The MA in Arts Administration and Policy program encourages students to think beyond existing institutional and policy structures and assumptions and to work flexibly in a dynamic cultural and institutional landscape. The program works from a conviction that neither the short-term interests of policymakers nor the theoretical debates of the academy should circumscribe cultural policy studies and that neither should exist absent from knowledge of and interaction with artistic practice and public debate.

SAIC's MA in Arts Administration and Policy program emphasizes hands-on work in professional situations. Students plan their studies around their professional goals, culminating in a thesis. Interactions and practical experiences are actively encouraged and are facilitated through coursework in the management studio sequence, critical and leadership studies curriculum, and Proseminar 1 and 2 with a series of invited, distinguished guest lecturers.

The Dual Degree option in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism and Arts Administration and Policy provides students with a means to earn two synergistic degrees as efficiently as possible while maintaining the integrity and high standards of each degree.

Students in the program are prepared to pursue careers as curators, professors, museum administrators, and in other leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, galleries, foundation and cultural policy advocacy, and to pursue PhD study..

Thesis Abstracts

Each year, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates the culmination and closure of students' studies at the masters level. In studio areas, the celebration takes place in the form of the thesis exhibitions. The academic areas complement this with the publication of students' theses.

The SAIC Thesis Repository contains theses for the MA in Arts Administration and Policy and the Dual Degree submitted since November 2013.

Theses submitted prior to November 2013 are listed in the Flaxman Library catalog.

Interested in learning more about how you can apply?

Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or