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MA in Performing Arts Administration


What courses are included within the program?

Students in the Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration program will take coursework taught be experts in the field. Those starting in Summer 2015 will take the following:

Summer Session I: July 20 - August 1, 2015 (on-campus studies)
Organizational Dynamics and Human Resources
The Artistic Component

Fall Semester: September 7 - December 11, 2015 (online)
Marketing and Public Relations
Fundamentals of Finance
Fundamentals of Development

Spring Semester: January 25 - April 29, 2016 (online)
Facilities Management and Operations
Technology and Its Role in the Arts
Business Management Methods

Summer Session II: June 6 - June 17, 2016 (on-campus studies)
Basics of Education and Community Engagement Programs
Pulling it All Together

Between the fall and spring semesters, students will work with their advisors to identify their capstone project - the final project that is to be completed during the final summer session. 

An internship will be required for students in the program that do not have adequate work experience to have the requirement waived. The decision to waive the requirement or not will be made on a case-by-case basis based on the professional resume submitted with the application. Admission letters will indicate whether or not the internship has been waived for each applicant. 

A total of 30 credit hours will be taken over the course of the year to complete the Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration.

How do I apply?

The Summer 2015 application is now open!

To apply for the Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration program, you will complete the online application for admission to Roosevelt University. Be sure to select the summer term application, and to indicate you are applying a graduate program, online, for the Chicago College of Performing Arts. 

Upon completing the online application, you will receive an automatic email directing you to our Next Steps page. Here you will receive information on completing a profile on Decision Desk. It is via Decision Desk that you will upload your personal statement, your professional resume, request two letters of recommendation, and pay your application fee.

What will students do during the on-campus portions of the program?

Coursework for this program will be taught online during the traditional academic year (September through April). Students will be required to be on campus in Chicago for both summer sessions detailed above. Coursework will be intensive during these periods, meeting Monday through Friday almost all day. There will also be evening and weekend commitments periodically. The Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration faculty will also be on campus during these periods of time.

For students not currently living in the Chicago metropolitan area, campus housing will be made available during these periods of time. The Office of Enrollment and Student Services is also happy to assist in recommending neighborhoods around the city where students may look for temporary housing.

What is completing a degree online like?

Online coursework will not require students to be online at specific times. Rather, readings will be available and may be completed based on the student's schedule. Readings and assignments will have deadlines for completion, and students will also be required to log into their personal portal to make comments on message boards about topics being discussed. 

Are there scholarships available?

Yes!  All students admitted to the Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration degree will be considered for scholarships.  Tuition for this program is the same as all of CCPA's other programs, and rates of tuition may be found here.  Roosevelt University will work with students interested in taking out student loans to cover any portion of remaining expenses.  Contact the Office of Enrollment and Student Services for additional information: (312) 341-6735.