Education

Arts, Community, and Education

M.Ed., on-campus program

Make an impact through arts-based community work.

Transform your love of the arts into a career in a nonprofit, hospital, museum, school, or other institution. In this action-oriented program, you'll gain the tools to effect community change through art—and become a better artist at the same time.

Studies show that the arts can boost a local economy and provide vital connections among groups and neighborhoods. Here, you’ll get practical, applicable skills to apply to this growing field.

Learn grant writing, fundraising, networking, advocacy, and arts administration. Explore how to plan and evaluate programs and initiatives. Facilitate social transformation through the arts.

Core courses include arts in community, research, how to turn ideas into action, and exploration of using the arts to enhance learning. You'll also do an internship in a community organization.

Choose one of five specializations, and pursue in-depth knowledge in:

  • Arts in Health: incorporate the arts into services and programs that promote health for individuals in various communities and care settings.
  • Integrated Arts: explore art, drama, music, poetry, storytelling, and more, to facilitate an integrated arts approach for schools, community organizations, and other environments.
  • Multicultural Education: gain a better understanding of diversity in social contexts and work in community settings.
  • Theater Studies: develop the skills necessary to facilitate a drama-based approach for school curriculum, community organizations, and other environments. 
  • Visual Art: learn to facilitate a visual arts-based approach for school curriculum, community organizations, and other environments.

This program is also available as part of an accelerated master's degree for those who are earning their undergraduate degree through the Center for the Adult Learner. Learn more.

Program Structure

Full-time or part-time on-campus program

36 Credits
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Where Students Intern

Apply the skills you develop in the community arts program during your required internship. Recent student internship sites include the Boston Children’s Museum, the Citi Performing Arts Center, Griffin Museum of Photography, Jane Goodall Institute, and Butler Hospital.

Gain Skills and Expertise
Our community arts program prepares you to:
$56,017
Average salary for community arts professionals.
With a wide range of career options and average salaries of over $55,000 per year, professionals with master's degrees in community arts enjoy excellent employment opportunities in the Greater Boston area and beyond. From managing arts programs to directing nonprofits and more, the program will prepare you for important work across a range of organizations. (Source: Burning Glass Labor Insight)
Maureen Quinquis
Maureen Creegan-Quinquis
Maureen is director of the Art Education and Arts, Community, and Education programs, and the chair of the STEAM department (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). She is a working, exhibiting artist. She is also the co-author of Strategies to Integrate the Arts in Social Studies. Her work concentrates on visual arts education and creativity.
Careers
Where Graduates Work
Community Arts students go on to rewarding careers in museums, hospitals, community agencies, and more. They include:
Arts in Education Programs

Faculty

Total approximate cost for this master's degree program.
Arts, Community, and Education
  • Tuition
    $975/credit x 36
    $35,100
  • Fees
    Field Experience Fee
    $650
    Registration Fees
    $240
    MAP ePortfolio Fee
    $150
    Activity Fees
    $120
    Materials Fees
    $120
    Degree Completion Fee
    $75
    Practicum Fee
    $35
  • Total
Estimated Cost

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Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective June 1.

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Total approximate cost for this master's degree program. Tuition and fees are for the 2019-2020 academic year.
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