Majors & Programs of Study

Graduate Studies in Arts Administration

The Arts Administration Program develops graduates who balance administrative systems with creative process in an effort to ensure the artistic integrity and economic sustainability of arts organizations.

The Arts Administration Program will:

  • Provide a personalized, interdisciplinary education
  • Develop well-rounded professionals employable in any arts discipline
  • Offer a nonprofit management curriculum and experiential learning opportunities
  • Advocate for the arts

Students will:

  • Become empowered advocates for the arts
  • Apply scholarly theory directly into professional practice
  • Develop adaptability and critical thinking skills necessary to work in the arts
  • Cultivate both practical and creative approaches to problem solving.
  • Communicate in an effective and persuasive way


  • SUU offers two distinct degrees in Arts Administration - a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration (on campus only) and a Master of Arts in Arts Administration (online only).
  • SUU is included in The Princeton Review’s Top Business Schools in the U.S. and U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Universities- Master’s” regional listings.
  • All admitted MFA students are awarded assistantships and tuition waivers.
  • Practical experiences and projects enhance the combined learning-working atmosphere.
  • Professional consulting opportunities are provided for our graduate students through the Utah Center for Arts Administration.


Arts management in community, regional or national non-profit arts organizations; opportunities in the management of commercial arts organizations as presenters or artist managers; arts consultancy; leadership in governmental arts agencies on the local, state or national levels


Utah Shakespeare Festival, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, SUU College of Performing and Visual Arts, The Utah Center for Arts Administration


  • Graduate Student Association
  • The Utah Center for Arts Administration
  • Internships


Alumni Spotlight

Name: Sara Staheli

Graduated: Class of 2008- MFA
Class of 2009- MBA

Current job: Development Specialist for the David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

"I chose Southern Utah University’s MFA program as a way to fuse my business background with my love of the arts. It combines theory, functional application and real-time opportunities into an educational experience that is both academic and practical. It served as a two year professional development seminar with the assistantship serving as a laboratory for the coursework. Great instructors and professional mentors helped me learn from both my triumphs and struggles."

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