MPA/MA (Curatorial Studies)

Master of Public Administration/Master of Arts (Curatorial Studies)


Dual MPA/MA (Curatorial Studies) Program

 

The Master of Public Administration /Master of Arts in Art (Creative) and Art History (Concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies) joint degree program takes advantage of overlapping interests and synergies that can arise from mutual interests in non-profit management and curatorial studies. Students in the Critical and Curatorial Studies track of the MA program will benefit from the broad managerial focus of the MPA program, while students in the MPA program can enhance their expertise in an important area of non-profit endeavor. Efficiency is attained by allowing students to complete both programs in a more expeditious manner. Taken separately, the two programs require a total of 73 semester hours of work, while the joint program requires a total of 55 hours. Completion of both programs should improve students’ initial job prospects as well as their ability to advance in their chosen field.

 

Curriculum


The MPA/MA joint degree program requires a total of 55 semester hours. These hours consist of courses that satisfy MPA and MA core and elective requirements as shown below. Note that the individual degree program requirements listed total more than 55 hours due to the fact that some of the courses apply to both programs (see the Summary of Joint Degree Requirements below).

MPA Core Requirements (12 semester hours)

PADM 600 Foundations of Public Admninistration (3)

PADM 601 Statistics for Public Affairs (3)

PADM 642 Human Resources Management (3)

PADM 695 Thesis or PADM 682 Internship (3)

Note that students take only 3 credits of PADM 695 but fulfill the 6-credit PADM Thesis requirement by completing 3 credits of ARTH 645/646 (see below).

MPA Concentration in Non-Profit Management (12 semester hours)

The dual MPA/MA program requires 9 semester hours of coursework to complete a given concentration. Certain courses within the concentration are required; most are recommended.  

PADM 683, Topical Seminar in Public Administration, may replace a recommended course within a specialty with the approval of the faculty leader.

PADM 680 (Independent Study) may also be counted within a student’s concentration depending on content. For example, if a student wants to study a topic independently, the program director will decide if the content of that study is suitable to replace a recommended course within the concentration. Required courses within the concentration cannot be replaced by an independent study course. Students should complete 18 hours of MPA coursework before pursuing independent study. Students normally take only one independent study course during their program.
 

Non-Profit Management Concentration

PADM

609

Management of Non-Profit Organization (3)

 Required

PADM

611

Non-Profit Financial Management (3)

 Required

PADM

612

Non-Profit Grantsmanship and Fundraising (3)

 Recommended

PADM

615

Theories of the Non-Profit and Voluntary Sector (3)

 Recommended

PADM

625

Organizational Behavior (3)

 Recommended

PADM

648

Mediation and Dispute Resolution (3)

 Recommended

PADM

664

Cultural Competence and Action (3) 

 Recommended

PADM 

675 

Introduction to Sustainability

 Recommended

Faculty leader: Dr. Janet Kelly


MA Core Requirements (16 semester hours)

500- or 600-level elective in Art History
500- or 600-level elective outside Fine Arts Department
500- or 600-level elective outside the Critical and Curatorial Studies concentration (recommend that students choose from PADM 609 or 612)

ARTH 645/646 Thesis
ARTH 600 Graduate Seminar

MA Electives (12 semester hours)

Students enrolled in the joint MPA/MA program will take ARTH 542, ARTH 547/647, ARTH 548/648, 600 level Arts Management course ARTH 649,

ARTH 541 Modern Perspectives in the Visual Arts
ARTH 542 Approaches to Critical Inquiry  (3) 
ARTH 547/647 Museum Methods I  (3) 
ARTH 548/648 Museum Methods II (3)
ARTH 649 Curatorial Internship (3)

Summary of Joint Degree Requirements

The minimum requirements for the joint degree include the following:

Core Courses for Joint Degree  

PADM 600 Foundations of Public Administration (3)
PADM 601 Statistics for Public Affairs (3) 
PADM 642 Human Resources Management (3)
500- or 600-level elective in Art History (3) 
500- or 600-level elective outside Fine Arts (3)
500- or 600-level elective (outside the C&CS concentration) (3)
600-level Arts Management Course (3)  
PADM 695 Thesis (3)  or PADM 682 Internship/ Practicum

ARTH 645/646 Thesis (3)
ARTH 600 Graduate Seminar (1)  

Core Total  28
 

MPA Concentration in Non-Profit Management Courses for the Joint Degree

Four courses; two required, two selected.

MPA Concentration Total 12

MA Electives for the Joint Degree

ARTH 541 Modern Perspectives in the Visual Arts (3) 
ARTH 542 Approaches to Critical Inquiry  (3) 
ARTH 547/647 Museum Methods I  (3) 
ARTH 548/648 Museum Methods II (3) 
ARTH 649 Curatorial Internship (3)

MA Elective Total  15

Total Number of Credits  55

Thesis

Each student is required to complete a thesis requiring a total of 6 semester hours consisting of 3 hours of PADM 695 and 3 hours of ARTH 645/646. The thesis is expected to bridge the fields of non-profit administration and curatorial studies. The thesis committee will consist of three faculty members, including at least one member from the MPA faculty and one member from the Fine Arts faculty.  The student also has the option to, in place of the PADM 695 requirement, elect to conduct a 200 hour internship  (PADM 682) in the field of Public Administration

Admission


Prospective students must apply to each program and satisfy the admission criteria for each program.

APPLY HERE

After applying and submitting the application fee online, please be sure to send all application materials (transcripts, GRE scores, personal statement of interest, and letters of recommendation) directly to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies University of Louisville, 105 Houchens Bldg.  Louisville, KY 40292 and/or gradadm@louisville.edu

Advising


Students should meet with the Urban and Public Affairs advisor as well as the Curatorial and Critical Studies concentration advisor to set up their programs of study. The two departments will collaborate on planning an individual program of study (particularly in regard to internship placements and thesis development) appropriate for jointly admitted students.

Contact Details


Janet Kelly, P.h.D, MPA Program Director
Phone: (502) 852-2435
Email: janet.kelly@louisville.edu

Master of Public Administration Program
School of Urban and Public Affairs
426 W. Bloom Street
Louisville, KY 40208

Phone: (502) 852-7906
Fax: (502) 852-4558
E-mail: upa@louisville.edu

 

Chris Reitz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Program Head,
Critical and Curatorial Studies
Gallery Director, Hite Art Institute
145 Lutz Hall • Phone: 502.852.0441
chris.reitz@louisville.edu

 

Additional Information:

MPA Program
Department of Fine Arts