May 19, 2022  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Arts Leadership, M.A.

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The Master of Arts program in Arts Leadership in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Houston takes an entrepreneurial approach to preparing creative professionals to launch, administer and maintain arts organizations of all sizes. The degree program provides advanced study in the management and promotions of arts organizations across artistic disciplines.

Students enrolled full-time can complete the degree requirements in two years. Those who wish to continue full-time or part-time employment during the day may complete this program as courses will be offered during evening hours.

All students will be required to complete internships with established, professional, arts organizations in in the greater Houston area. They will have access - through guest lecturers, workshop and panels both in class, and through the Center for Arts Leadership - to interact with local and national leaders of distinction in the fields of arts, entertainment and culture.

The Master of Arts program in Arts Leadership develops and cultivates the next generation of influential leaders in the fields of arts and entertainment.


Fleurette S. Fernando: Director and Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. MFA, York University, Toronto, Canada.

Terri Golas: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. B.A. University of Houston; M.B.A, University of St. Thomas.

James Thurman: Director and Clinical Professor, Master of Public Administration. B.A. Texas A&M University; M.P.A, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin; PhD, University of Houston.

Joseph Wilson: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. B.A Regis University, Denver; M.A. University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Admission Requirements:

 In addition to meeting the college’s graduate admission requirements, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements for unconditional admission to the Master of Arts in Arts Leadership program:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution for admission to the master’s programs
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • 3.00 graduate point average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate or graduate course work.


The deadline for applications is June 28. All application materials must be received by that date.

Questions regarding admissions? Contact Jessica Locheed:

Application Procedures for: US Citizens

The following material should be sent to:

University of Houston
Arts Leadership Master’s Program Director
University of Houston
100 Fine Arts Bldg.
Houston, TX 77204-4019

  • A completed Graduate Application form. Online application is available at . The completed online application is automatically sent to the University of Houston. The online application includes a prompt for the applicant’s statement of interest and preparation for the Arts Leadership Program.
  • Non-refundable Application fee of $25 (a check or money order made payable to the University of Houston). Applicants may pay with a credit card while applying online.
  • 2 official transcripts from each college or university attended since high school (sent directly to the Arts Leadership Program from the school).
  • GRE Scores (sent electronically to the University of Houston - code 6870)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with your work and educational preparation
  • A resume of academic and work experience.

Degree Requirements:

The M.A. in Arts Leadership will provide advanced study in the management and promotion of arts organizations across artistic disciplines.

The degree requires 36 semester credit hours of coursework and internship. It consists of

  • 15 hours of required specialty courses, including some specific to the arts and others in areas of public administration and public sector business more generally
  • 3 hours of prescribed electives.
  • 12 hours of free electives, largely selected from a variety of courses regularly taught in the Schools of Art, Music, Theatre and Dance, The Valenti School of Communications, The Bauer School of Business and the School of Public Administration.
  • 6 credit hours of internship in an arts organization or program, providing vital real-world experience to students.


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