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Master of Arts - Arts Administration / Master of Museum and Heritage Studies

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts – Arts Administration/Master of Museum and Heritage Studies double degree requires completion of 30 SPEA credits from Indiana University and 48 units from The Australian National University.

The Master of Arts – Arts Administration double degree component requires the completion of 30 SPEA credits, which must consist of:

24 SPEA credits from completion of the following compulsory courses:

AADM–Y 502 Organizational Behavior and the Arts

AADM–Y 504 Arts Administration in the Public and Private Sectors

AADM–Y 515 Financial Management for the Arts

AADM–Y 525 Museum Management

AADM–Y 530 Audience Development and Marketing the Arts

AADM–Y 535 Arts Administration and the Cultural Sector

SPEA–N 558 Fund Development for Nonprofits

AADM-Y 550 Practicum in Arts Administration


A maximum of 6 SPEA credits from completion of any graduate courses at Indiana University. 


48 units from completion of courses offered at the Australian National University which must consist of:

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

HUMN8027 Critical issues in Heritage and Museum Studies

MUSC8004 Internship 1

MUSC8006 Indigenous Collections and Exhibitions

MUSC8012 Understanding Learning in Museums and Heritage

MUSC8017 Museums and Collections: Key Concepts and Practices


6 units from completion of courses on the following list:

MUSC8013 Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation Study Tour

MUSC8014 Design and Delivery of Exhibitions

MUSC8019 Repatriation: principles, policy, practice


A minimum of 6 from completion of courses on the following list: 

MUSC8009 Museums and Collections: Research Project

MUSC8011 Museums and Collections: Extended Research Project


A maximum of 6 units from completion of courses on the following list:

ARTV8100 Points Of View 

ARTV8107 Arguing Objects 

HIST6237 Digital History, Digital Heritage

HUMN8010 Material Culture Studies 

MUSC8008 Museums, Art and Society in the Asia-Pacific 

MUSC8013 Museum Education and Heritage Interpretation Study Tour 

MUSC8016 Museum Learning: The Politics of Dress 

Admission Requirements

A cognate Bachelor with an average mark of at least 65% or international equivalent, or completion of 30 SPEA credits towards the Master of Arts – Arts administration as listed in the award rules for this degree.

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Credit for prior study at AQF levels 7 and 8 is not available towards this program.


Cognate disciplines 

Ancient History, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Creative Arts, English, Environmental History, Environmental Management, Fine Arts, Folklore, Gender Studies, History, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Social Sciences, Sociology, Visual Arts 


Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies at ANU provides the unique opportunity to articulate with the Indiana University to complete a double degree with the Master of Arts – Arts Administration. These degrees draw on strong connections with cultural and collecting institutions in Australia and the United States. The double degree aims to prepare you for an innovative career in both Museum Curatorial practice (ANU) and Arts Administration (IU). At the ANU, students will learn traditional curatorship and collections management, while also being introduced to new areas impacting on national and international cultural policy such as social inclusion, citizenship and community engagement, social activism and museums, Indigenous curation and collection, and innovative visitor and audience studies. At IU, students will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to become an effective arts advocate and leader of change; students will be introduced to a range of core skills in the areas of business, marketing, policy and management, as well as a thorough understanding of the arts sector.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from Second Semester, 2017

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. analyse, research, reflect on and synthesise complex approaches to museums and collecting agencies and their relationships to societies;

  2. evaluate significant debates, problems, controversies, concepts and theories pertinent to museums and collections;

  3. develop critical engagement with, and a working knowledge of, museums and collecting agencies; and

  4. communicate and interpret knowledge and ideas to general and specialists museum audiences.

Further Information

As part of AADM-Y 550 Students are required to complete 3 practicums with partnering organizations.  Each practicum consists of a 50 hour commitment to an organization to complete a project.  Practicums are graded on a pass/fail basis and students receive 1 credit for each completed practicum.  Students do not need to complete the practicums at a particular time; but they must complete 3 total practicums during their time at Indiana University.

Students may be particularly interested in the following electives, but may fulfil the 6 SPEA credit elective requirement with any graduate courses at IU:

AADM–Y 500       Cultural Districts & Local Arts Policy
AADM–Y 500       The Arts and Social Change
AADM–Y 511       Performing Arts Center Management
AADM-Y 500       Topics: Legal Issues in the Arts
AADM–Y 522       IT Applications for Arts Managers
AADM–Y 500       Graphic Design
AADM–Y 505       Programming in the Performing Arts
AADM–Y 559       Public Policy and the Arts
AADM–Y 500       Curating in Galleries and Museums
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