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Arts, Community, and Education

M.Ed., on-campus program

Help transform communities through the arts.

Turn your love of the arts into a career in a nonprofit, hospital, museum, school, or other institution, where you can use new tools to effect social change and community transformation. 

In this action-oriented, experiential program, you'll learn practical skills like grant writing, fundraising, networking, advocacy, and arts administration. You'll explore collaboration in the arts, how to put ideas into action, and arts-based research methods. And you'll do this all in Cambridge, home to theaters, museums, music and dance venues, community art projects, and galleries.

In your program, you'll be immersed in the field by doing an internship in a community organization. And by engaging in the self-reflection we ask of all our students, you'll better understand your goals and advance your own inquiry.

Come study where you and your faculty will work together to co-construct new knowledge and practices, and where the importance of equity and social justice is woven throughout your study. 

You take core courses, and then choose one of five specializations:

  • Arts in Health: incorporate the arts into services and programs that promote health for individuals in 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.
  • Equity, Access, and Inclusion: 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.

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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:
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. Maureen is president-elect of the Massachusetts Art Educators Association, and in 2021 received MAEA's 2022 Distinguished Service within the Profession Award.
Where Graduates Work
Community Arts students go on to rewarding careers in museums, hospitals, community agencies, and more. They include:
Arts in Education Programs


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

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 2021-2022 academic year.
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