MPA-MAAA Dual Degree

Earn a unique dual degree in Public Affairs and Arts Administration

At SPEA, you can pursue the unique opportunity of earning a Master of Arts in Arts Administration in combination with a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Nonprofit Management.

As an MPA-MAAA dual degree student you will develop skills in quantitative analysis, public sector management, budgeting, and public policy while gaining expertise in arts management, marketing, law, and cultural policy.

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You can complete two degrees in just five semesters

The course requirements for the dual MAAA-MPA can be completed in just five semesters, plus an internship usually carried out during one of the summers in which you’re enrolled in the program. This dual degree provides a combination of skills especially well-suited for you if you have an interest in doing applied research for arts organizations in the commercial, nonprofit, or public sector.

Explore the MPA-MAAA Curriculum

Course offerings vary each semester. View the current schedule of classes on the Office of the Registrar website.

  • SPEA–V 502 Public Management
  • SPEA–V 506 Statistical Analysis for Effective Decision Making
  • SPEA–V 517 Public Management Economics
  • SPEA–V 540 Law and Public Affairs
  • SPEA–F 560 Public Finance and Budgeting

AADM-Y 502 Organizational Behavior and the Arts
AADM-Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts
AADM-Y 562 Legal Issues in the Arts

Performing Arts Management Course (3 credits)

Choose one:
AADM-Y 511 Performing Arts Center Management or
AADM-Y 508 Performing Arts Organization Management or
AADM-Y 505 Programming the Performing Arts

Visual Arts Management Course (3 credits)

Choose one:
AADM-Y 525 Museum Management or
AADM-Y 506 Curating for Museums and Galleries

Arts And Cultural Policy Course (3 credits)

Choose one:
AADM-Y 551 Cultural Planning and Urban Development or
AADM-Y 559 Public Policy in the Arts

  • SPEA–N 521 The Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector
  • SPEA–Y 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits

Choose one of the following:

  • SPEA–F 526 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
  • AADM–Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts

Choose one of the following combinations:

  • SPEA–V 600 Capstone in Public and Environmental Affairs
  • SPEA–N 525 Management in the Nonprofit Sector

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  • AADM–Y 650 Seminar in Arts Administration
  • AADM–Y 504 Arts Administration in the Public and Private Sectors
  • AADM–Y 550 Practicum in Arts Administration
  • AADM–Y 750 Internship

Any graduate-level elective; chosen in consultation with faculty advisor and/or MAAA Assistant Director, Ashley Hosseini (SPEA 260).

See Arts Administration elective options

Gain the tools you need for professional success through hands-on experience

As part of the experiential requirement in the MPA-MAAA Dual Degree Program, you will complete one 280-hour internship as well as three 50-hour practicum projects. You may register for internship credit and practicum credit at any time within the program.

See MAAA Experiential Requirements