Program overview

Transform the way you look at the industry landscape, create strategies, communicate messages and motivate and manage those around you. Gain the knowledge, skills and insights needed to become a successful leader and catalyst for change in the arts, cultural and entertainment industries with our 100% online program. *Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics


million arts jobs available worldwide*


median annual salary for arts management roles

GRAMMY Museum®  University Affiliate

As one of only two New Jersey schools, named an official GRAMMY Museum® University Affiliate, Rider's prestigious partnership enhances our curriculum by providing arts and entertainment industries management students and faculty with new learning opportunities and access to a network of resources.

Partnership benefits:

  • Access to the GRAMMY Museum’s historically rich archives for educational purposes
  • Music historians and other professionals for guest lectures
  • Project-based learning opportunities
  • Professional seminars and programming both virtually and at the museum site
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Why Rider

  • Study 100% online so you can balance school with your professional and personal life
  • Complete the program in as few as 11-15 months or at whatever pace you set, based on your lifestyle and professional goals
  • Grow your professional network through faculty connections to industry 
  • Receive personal mentoring and career coaching throughout your studies
  • Learn from experienced faculty and adjuncts, all with substantive real-world experience in executive leadership of the arts and in the world of business
  • No GRE or GMAT requirement 
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Lead the arts and culture communities

Rider arts management and executive leadership graduates leverage their creative talents and newfound leadership skills to enhance, reach and impact the arts, entertainment and culture communities. Our qualified graduates find success in multiple industry sectors.

Common industries:

  • Recording Industry and Related Companies
  • Commercial and Nonprofit Theatres
  • Visual and Performing Arts Schools and Libraries
  • Film, Television and Other Media Companies
  • Corporate and Sports Entertainment
  • Dance Companies
  • Museums, Art Galleries and Other Visual Arts Venues
  • Symphonic and Other Live Music Ensembles
  • Arts, Culture and Tourism Agencies
  • Operas, Choirs and Other Vocal Ensembles
  • Theme Parks and Other Commercial Entertainment

Accelerate your master's degree

Rider's undergraduate 4+1 program makes it possible to earn both your bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in Arts Management and Executive Leadership in just 5 years. Students pursuing the 4+1 option work closely with an academic advisor to develop a personal education plan for completing their degrees. Contact your faculty advisor to learn more about this accelerated learning opportunity. 


Arts Management and Executive Leadership (M.A.)

Todd Dellinger

Associate Professor; Program Coordinator

Fine Arts Building

tdellinger [at]


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