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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
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Arts Leadership, MA

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 Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts  > Arts Leadership, MA

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 the greater Houston area. They will have access - through guest lecturers, workshop and panels 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.

For further information, please see the MA in Arts Leadership website.


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

Carolyn J. Hays: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. CFRE. B.A., University of Wyoming; M.A., Florida State University.

Joel Luks: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. B.M., Eastman School of Music; M.M., Rice University.

Justine Townsend: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. CPA. B.B.A., Accounting.

Glenn Taylor: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. B.M., Loyola University New Orleans; M.S., Saint Joseph’s University.

Brendettae Payne: Adjunct Professor, Arts Leadership. B.B.A., Baylor University; J.D., South Texas College of Law.

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 a regionally-accredited institution for admission to the master’s programs
  • 3.00 graduate point average in the last 60 hours of undergraduate and/or graduate course work

Applicant Checklist:

  • A complete online graduate application including the non-refundable application fee ($50 for domestic applications/$80 for international applicants). Full details can be found at www.uh.edu/graduate-school/admissions/how-to-apply/.
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended since high school 
  • 3 letters of recommendation from those who are familiar with your work and educational preparation (part of the online application)
  • A statement of intent on interest in attending the Arts Leadership program (submitted with the online application)
  • A resume of academic and work experience (submitted with the online application)
  • International students have additional paperwork and/or testing requirements. Full information is found at www.uh.edu/graduate-school/international-students

Degree Requirements

Credit hours required for this degree: 36.0

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
  • 15 hours of electives
  • 6 credit hours of internship in an arts organization or program, providing vital real-world experience to students

Core Curriculum

15 credit hours must be chosen from the following:


15 credit hours may be chosen from the following:

Academic Policies

Practicum Requirements

All students will be required to complete a Practicum within an established, professional, arts organization in in the greater Houston area. The Practicum Program, provides the student with a meaningful and intensive on-the-job training experience in preparation for a leadership position while maintaining a student role, and provides the host organization with the opportunity to train and utilize future professionals in the non-profit and for-profit arts sector.

During the Practicum, the student is expected work 300 hours on the identified project in total. Time spent on the project should be divided however it works best for the student and the organization. Practicum projects can be completed at any time during the academic semesters of the MA Program or during the summer/winter breaks. A minimum of 15 core credit hours must be completed within the MA in Arts Leadership Program before the student undertakes the actual fieldwork, although the planning phase may begin earlier.

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