MA in Arts Administration & Policy
MA in Modern Art History
MA in Contemporary Art History
MA in Arts Administration Graduate Degree Program
MA in Modern & Contemporary Art History Graduate Degree Program

SAIC's graduate 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. The unique three-year program will provide students with a tailored curriculum combining graduate studies in the history of art, theory, and criticism, business administration, cultural policy, and curatorial practice. The two resulting degrees, a Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism (MAAH) and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy (MAAAP), will competitively position graduates for museum administration and curating, work in not-forprofit organizations, gallery management, and foundation and cultural policy advocacy.

Over the course of the three-year curriculum, students have the opportunity for in-depth research with faculty and take advantage of the range of both departments' course offerings. In addition, all students are able to draw upon and participate in the rich scholarly and cultural resources of the Chicago area.

Chicago is a world-class city with a vibrant art scene. Students have access to major cultural institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago museum or the Museum of Contemporary Art, as well as the numerous thriving artist-run galleries and community-based organizations in the city's independent art scene. Students also have access to all of the SAIC's libraries and research centers, including the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, John M. Flaxman Library, Video Data Bank, Film Study Collection, MacLean Visual Resource Center, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Fashion Resource Center, Roger Brown Study Collection, Poetry Center, and Gene Siskel Film Center.

E-merge: journal of arts administration and policy is an innovative, peer-reviewed online journal produced by graduate students in SAIC's Master of Arts Administration and Policy program. It features original, pioneering theory and practice in the field of arts administration. The Art History department has hosted numerous events and lectures, including the annual Stone Summer Theory Institute and Lifton Memorial Lecture, and the Visiting Artists Program has brought in such distinguished artists as Elizabeth Petyon, Judith Halberstam, Sadie Benning, Paul Chan, Natalie Jeremijenko, Mel Chin, House of Diehl, Kalup Linzy, Alma Lopez, and George Kuchar.

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Visit the graduate admissions website or contact the graduate admissions office at 800.232.7242 or gradmiss@saic.edu.

SAIC's graduate dual degree option is a unique program designed to immerse students in both art history and arts administration, competitively positioning graduates for work in the areas they choose, from academia to curatorial positions and work in nonprofit organizations.

The Dual Masters of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History and Arts Administration and Policy is a three-year, 66-credit degree that provides students the ability to earn two synergistic degrees while maintaining the integrity and high standards of each degree. Over the course of the curriculum, students have the opportunity for in-depth research with faculty and take advantage of the range of both departments' course offerings.

The curriculum is tailored to combine graduate studies in the history of modern and contemporary art, theory, and criticism, business administration, cultural policy, and curatorial practice. The two resulting degrees, a Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History (MAAH) and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration and Policy (MAAAP), prepare graduates for positions in museum administration and curating, work in nonprofit organizations, gallery management, academia, and foundation and cultural policy advocacy.

On-Campus Opportunities

Dual degree students produce E-merge: journal of arts administration and policy, an innovative, peer-reviewed online journal that features pioneering theory and practice in the field of arts administration. The journal is dedicated to fostering creative discussions among leading professionals, academics, and students, and provides dual degree candidates with valuable publication and journal-management experience.

Students engage directly with current trends in the fields of art history through numerous events and lectures hosted by the Art History, Theory, and Criticism department. The Visiting Artists Program has brought in such distinguished artists as Elizabeth Peyton, Judith Halberstam, Tehching Hsieh, Sadie Benning, Paul Chan, Mel Chin, House of Diehl, Kalup Linzy, Catherine Opie, Alma Lopez, and George Kuchar.

World-Class Resources

SAIC students have special access to incomparable resources including the Art Institute of Chicago and its Modern Wing, SAIC's Flaxman libraries, numerous on- and off-campus collections, and public programs.

Students also have at their disposal a diverse array of arts, cultural, and community organizations in Chicago and have the opportunity to work in partnership with them on a variety of projects sponsored and led by the Arts Administration and Policy department's Management Studio.

Interested in learning more?

Click around the pages of this website for information on admissions and curriculum requirements, faculty, students and alumni, and more.

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 gradmiss@saic.edu.