Online Arts Leadership & Management (MA)

Prepare for a leadership or executive-level position in the arts.


Earn Your Degree in Arts Leadership & Management Online

The MA in Arts Leadership and Management at Wichita State University is a degree for creatives looking to grow within the arts world. This program complements arts education by adding leadership and entrepreneurship skills to your already-established talents in the arts.

This specialized degree is divided into two paths – leadership or management – meant to push you creatively as you aspire to more senior-level arts positions. Through both concentrations, you can graduate with the entrepreneurial experience you need to advance in this creative and fast-growing field.

30 Credit Hours

$328.73 per credit hour

Wichita State Online students pay in-state tuition regardless of where you live. Additional fees to the tuition rate apply depending on the credits and courses taken. Tuition rates subject to change.

100% Online Program

A Schedule that Works for You

Study full or part-time

Program Details

Career Opportunities

Modern arts organizations need leaders and executives who are trained in the creation of arts and the day-to-day management skills needed to drive programming and organizations forward. As one of only two online arts leadership programs in the midwest, the online MA in Arts Leadership and Management was designed to train job-ready art executives to adapt, grow, and thrive within an always-changing field. With an emphasis on both the arts and entrepreneurship, this master’s program is designed to prepare students to think critically, manage programs and teams, and find creative solutions to everyday challenges of the industry.

Your master of arts leadership is designed to prepare you for leadership, executive, and management positions in the arts. This fully online program is ideal for students looking for a career as:

  • Arts Executives
  • Nonprofit Administrators
  • Program Managers
  • Fundraisers
  • Educational Coordinators

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the MA in Arts Leadership and Management degree program requires:

  • A minimum 3.00 GPA (on a 4.00 scale) on all previously completed undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Graduate school application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts for all previously attended colleges/universities
  • Two professional references

Upon receipt of a complete application packet, the College will review and make an admission recommendation. Applicants will be admitted for fall and spring terms only.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Admission – December 1
  • Fall Admission – July 15

Affording Your Degree

We know that cost, value, and affordability are important factors in deciding to get your graduate degree. That's why we're proud that WSU is one of the most affordable accredited research institutions in the state of Kansas.

Student payment options:
• This program is financial aid-eligible.
• Ask your employer if they offer tuition assistance.
• Work with our financial aid team to establish a payment plan that fits your unique circumstances.

Support to Help You Succeed

Academic Advisors are available to all students in graduate programs at WSU. Your advisor information is provided at the point of admission. Our student driven approach means you will meet with your advisor to:

  • Discuss course options
  • Get career guidance
  • Create your plan of study
  • Know what it takes be successful

WSU empowers you to own your educational experience and to seek support when needed.

“I really enjoyed taking online classes, the pace and flexibility was great especially with my work schedule and events outside of class. The curriculum was presented in entirety at the beginning of the semester which allowed me to prepare ahead of time.”


Practice Meets Potential at Wichita State University

At Wichita State University, students learn how to translate classroom potential into career success. That's why Wichita State University is committed to advancing students toward their goals every step of the way – from in-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs to flexible online coursework, top-notch student support, and access to affordable programs with proven career outcomes.

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