What will I learn?

The Arts Administration Program offers a 60-point Master of Arts degree that requires two years of full-time graduate-level study. 30-33 points taken from the core program offerings; 6 points of coursework is taken through the Columbia Business School; 6-9 points of coursework is taken outside of the Arts Administration Program to fulfill the breadth requirement through Teachers College courses; and 12-18 points of courses are taken as electives at Teachers College or Columbia. Students are also required to take an internship and complete a formal master's essay.

The core curriculum represents a unique alliance among the faculties of Teachers College, Columbia’s Graduate School of Business, and the School of Law. Included in the core requirements are principles of arts administration, policy, fundraising, theories regarding the historical foundations and socio-cultural context of the arts, accounting, financial planning, marketing, business, policy, labor relations, and copyright law.

Courses Overview

Courses are sequenced to provide the student with a well-rounded curriculum that builds both knowledge and experience. Courses in business and law are taken in cooperation with the Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School. Electives are chosen both in Teachers College and from the larger Columbia community.

Which department am I in?

Teachers College

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,736.00 per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicant must hold equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree.

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum TOEFL score of 100 internet based (IBT), 600 paper-base exam (PBT) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.