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The Arts Leadership in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts at the University of Houston takes an entrepreneurial approach to preparing creative professionals to launch, administer and maintain arts organizations of all sizes.

Advanced Studies.  The degree program provides advanced study in the management and promotions of arts organizations across artistic disciplines.

Flexible Schedule for Working Professionals.  The arts leadership master's degree program is designed to accommodate students who are working professionals.  Those who wish to continue full-time or part-time employment may complete this program within five years. All core courses are offered during evening hours.

Real World Experience. 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, workshops and panels both in class, and in the community - to interact with local and national leaders of distinction in the fields of arts, entertainment and culture.

Fall 2020 Return

Since our move to online instruction last spring, we have been eagerly looking forward to our return to campus this fall. This summer, the MA in Arts Leadership Program (MAAL) administrators, staff, and faculty have been diligently working in preparation for a successful new academic year. Throughout the planning process, we have prioritized health and safety concerns as we have established strategies to deliver impactful educational activities.

In light of those priorities, fall coursework in MAAL will occur exclusively through online modes of instruction. Instructors for your individual courses will outline any exceptions to this format (field trips, one-on-one meetings etc) on the first class of your course. Any such exceptions will continue to adhere to best practices regarding your health and safety including mask wearing and social distancing.

Should you have any question or concerns please contact MAAL Director Fleurette S. Fernando:

This information is current as of August 17, 2020. Please continue to refer back to this page for updates, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


  • Master of Arts

    The graduate program in Arts Leadership will provide advanced study in the management and promotion of arts organizations across artistic disciplines.
  • Dual Degree Program

    The dual degree options present a unique opportunity for performers, studio artists, and scholars to combine discipline-specific arts practices with the field of professional arts administration. 
  • Arts and Health Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Arts and Health combines the fine and performing arts into the areas of health, healthcare and well-being.

  • Museum and Gallery Management Certificate

    Museum management is transferable across various types of museums, including children’s museums, history museums, natural science museums, etc. 


“The Arts Leadership Program is impressively crafted. The professors are not only industry professionals themselves but they increase access to other industry professionals through guest speaking. The projects assigned are practical and relevant and send students out into the community, which only contributes to each student’s network. Most importantly, my fellow MAAL students are equally impressive, all in their own right. My relationships with them are, by far, my most valuable outcome.” Isabelle Dom (MA ’17)