Texas Tech University

Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration

The primary focus of the Arts Administration program is to train leaders and advocates in the nonprofit field of theatre management/arts administration. The program offers an MFA in Theatre (Arts Administration) as well as a Ph.D. in Fine Arts (major in Theatre; track in Arts Administration). The program offers a blend of theory and practice. It is designed to serve those interested in working in the diverse areas of arts administration from marketing and fundraising to advocacy and organizational management.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the marketing and promotion of the School's Mainstage and Laboratory productions. Box office management, front-of-house supervision, producing the One-Act Play Festival, and membership in the School's marketing team are just some examples of the hands-on experiences available to arts administration students. The program is individualized to the student's talents and interests, and an outside internship and several practicums are required for the MFA. The School of Theatre and Dance is dedicated equally to scholarship and theatrical production. The School offers up to 40 competitive teaching/production/research assistantships each semester. MFA students complete a thesis project which may be based on traditional research, internships, professional or community problems.


Degree Program

Course Type Credit Hours

Courses in Specialization

Other Studies in Theatre


33 hours

18 hours

9 hours


60 hours

Required Courses - 51 hours

  • THA 5307 Performance Lab I
  • THA 5308 Performance Lab II
  • THA 5312 Theatre Management
  • THA 5316 Marketing the Arts
  • THA 5317 Funding the Arts
  • THA 5318 Advocacy for the Arts
  • THA 5320 Theatre Planning
  • THA 5323 Theatrical Collaborations
  • THA 5350 Seminar in Theatre Research Methods
  • THA 5351 Mentoring Community Outreach in the Arts
  • THA 5335 Arts Administration Graphics or
    • THA 5311 Advanced Directing
  • THA 6001 Internship (Management) (3 hours)
  • THA 6001 Internship (Marketing) (3 hours)
  • THA 6001 Internship (Funding) (3 hours)
    • VPA 5300 The Arts in Prague can substitute for 3 hours of internship credit
  • THA 6001 Internship (6 hours)
  • THA 7000 Research (Thesis Project) (3 hours)

Electives - 9 hours

  • Other courses outside of Theatre Arts may be taken as approved by the Head of Arts Administration.