Core Courses

Adaptive Leadership (FA 760)

This course serves as an introduction to the concept of Adaptive Leadership. Adaptive Leadership is a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments in order to make progress on the difficult challenges facing society, organizations, and individuals.

Entrepreneurial Thinking in the Arts (FA 820)  
Designed for current and future arts leaders interested in looking critically at organizational practice and bringing innovative solutions to old problems in a contemporary context. This course is required for the Masters in Arts Leadership and Management.
Shaping Arts in the 21st Century (FA 830)  
In this class, students will focus on the act of energizing others within the arts and learning how to advocate for the arts within state and federal governments, local communities, donors, and audiences. Students will interact with faculty in the leadership program, other students and arts professionals in a seminar format. This course is required for the Masters of Arts Leadership and Management.
Reaching New Audiences-Arts Marketing in the 21st Century (FA 835)  
Designed as a study of current trends in digital marketing, social media outreach, and non traditional audience outreach. Students will work with faculty, and arts professionals to understand how to build audiences, and expand outreach opportunities beyond traditional markets. This course is required for the Masters of Arts Leadership and Management.
Managing Arts Organizations (FA 840)  
Designed as an introductory course to develop management skills for arts executives. In this seminar, students will learn basic management skills specific to arts non-profits including: Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Marketing, and Organizational Structures. This course is required for the Masters of Arts Leadership and Management.
Contemporary Issues in American Arts Programs (FA 815)
This course examines major environmental trends including changing demographics, new business models, rapidly developing technology and globalization, and understanding their implications for the arts. Required for students in the Masters of Arts Leadership and Administration.

Electives-9 Credits

University courses 500 or above as approved by advisor-9 Credits. Examples of potential electives:

Fundraising and Financial Management in Non-Profit Organizations (PADM 870)  

Focuses on fundraising and financial management in non-profit organizations. Examines fundraising from public and private sources including funding research, proposal writing and budgeting. Includes analysis of financial statements for the purpose of managing both the short-term and the long-term financial condition of a non-profit organization.

Strategic Planning in Public and Non-Profit Organizations (PADM 873)  

Students create a strategic plan for a public or non-profit organization. The course begins with an introduction to measurement and performance management. Students create a logic model that describes key elements of a service or process. Stakeholder analysis, an environmental scan and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) are among the techniques explored. Students formulate a strategic issue. Scenarios and other planning techniques are used to assess alternative courses of action. The final product is an action plan that includes decision points, cost and implementation details.

Public Management of Human Resources (PADM 725)

Surveys the major areas of management of human resources in the public sector. Includes hiring, training, evaluation, and pay promotion policies. Emphasizes the laws governing public personnel management, and on the unique merit, equal employment opportunity, productivity, unionization and collective bargaining problems found in the public sector.

Terminal Work

Final Project (FA 886)

*All Courses listed are 3 Credit Hours