Online MA in Arts Management and Executive Leadership

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Online Master of Arts in
ARTS Management and Executive Leadership

Online Master of Arts in
ARTS Management and Executive Leadership

New! Planned start for Fall 2020

Developing next-generation leaders in the arts, cultural and entertainment industries

Rider's new Online M.A. Arts Management and Executive Leadership features studies in arts management, business and leadership, all focused on giving you the knowledge, skills and insights needed to become a successful leader and catalyst for change.

Our 39-credit program will transform the way you look at the industry landscape, create strategies, communicate messages, and motivate and manage those around you. Starting day one, your career-focused studies will blend theory with highly practical coursework, offering knowledge you can immediately apply on the job.

You will learn to:

  • Build your business and management skills in such critical areas as budget planning, research and analysis, contract negotiations, hiring practices, and governance
  • Leverage your marketing impact through proactive and strategic planning designed to attract and retain broader and untapped markets
  • Articulate your organization's value, differentiating it in an increasingly competitive and crowded arts world
  • Identify and cultivate steady funding streams from government, corporate, foundation and private sources
Program Highlights
  • Flexible online format allows you to work full-time without career interruption
  • Small online classes, personal mentoring and career coaching throughout your studies
  • Taught by experienced faculty and adjuncts, all with substantive and real-world experience in executive leadership of the arts, as well as extensive industry connections for networking
  • Additional faculty from Rider's AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration
  • Cohort-based structure
  • Program can be completed in as few as 11-15 months or at whatever pace you set, based on your lifestyle and professional goals  
  • No GRE or GMAT requirement

In addition to online classes, the program includes a mandatory 2.5 day "Summer Bootcamp" orientation upon entry, and an overlapping 1.5 day leadership seminar upon exiting the program, on Rider's Lawrenceville, NJ campus.

Studies begin with the summer orientation, followed by three online prerequisite classes. Students whose previous studies fulfill the prerequisites begin regular MA coursework in fall.

NOTE: A 5-Year BA/MA in Arts Management is also available to qualified undergraduates. Consult your Rider advisor for additional information on how to plan for and participate in this program.

Areas of Opportunity

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are ever-growing professional opportunities for qualified arts managers and executive leaders in multiple industry sectors including as

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


All courses are 3 credits.

Course Description
AMEX 500 Managing Arts and Institutions: Principles and Practices (Prerequisite course)
AMEX 503 Marketing Arts and Institutions: Principles and Practices (Prerequisite course)
AMEX 506 Funding Arts and Institutions: Principles and Practices (Prerequisite course)
PMBA 8070 Fundamentals of Accounting (Offered by Rider's AACSB-accredited College of Business and Administration)
PMBA 8270 Advanced Organizational Behavior (Offered by Rider's AACSB-accredited College of Business and Administration)
LEAD 500 The Practice of Leadership (Offered by Rider's Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Program)
AMEX 509 Intersecting Law and The Arts: Historically significant perspectives and constitutional questions of artistic expression and their impact on arts and institutions
AMEX 512 Advancing Arts and Institutions: Integrative strategies for long-term fund development, sustainability and legacy-building in the arts
AMEX 515 Advocating Arts and Institutions: Legal, societal and ethical perspectives on arts policy, practice and procedures in the workplace
AMEX 518 Engaging Arts and Institutions: Integrated approached to vision-centric, mission driven community building, audience development and engagement in the arts
AMEX 521 Surveying Arts and Institutions: Comprehensive, case-based assessment of significant institutions, institutional governance and leadership
AMEX 523 Leading and Governing Arts and Institutions: Strategic Methods, Analytical approaches and best practices for arts executives, board members and stakeholders
AMEX 590 Synthesizing Arts Management Principles and Practice: Capstone preparation sequence (Thesis or Leadership Project)
AMEX 593 Applying Arts Management Principles and Practice: Capstone (Thesis or Leadership Project)

Admission Information

Applications are accepted year-round.

To be considered, you must:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Complete and submit Rider's Graduate Application for Admission;
  • Submit official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended; and
  • Provide a current résumé

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Mitchell
Director of Graduate and Continuing Studies Admission
Ciambelli Hall
Headshot of Todd Dellinger
Assistant Professor II and Interim Program Director for the M.A. in Arts Management and Executive Leadership
Lawrenceville Campus 101A

Todd Dellinger devised and built the uniquely integrated, theoretical & practical learning Arts Administration program and directs the Arts Administration Center at Rider, drawing from more than twenty years' experience in the field after earning his Masters in Arts Administration from the American University in Washington, D.C. Prior to Rider, Mr.