Master of Arts in Arts Administration Application

To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit the following by April 2017. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received. 

  • A completed application form, including one copy of the essay and a nonrefundable $75 application fee made payable to Goucher College.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work can be sent directly by the institution to the address below or included with your application in the institution’s sealed envelope.
  • At least 2 recommendation forms completed by people who know you well enough to give an informed opinion of your intellectual ability, capacity for sustained self-directed study, personal qualifications, and professional potential. The recommendation process is completed online through the application but paper forms are available upon request. 

Essay Requirements:

Write an essay of 8 to 10 pages discussing all of the following topics. This essay is extremely important, as it demonstrates your ability to write and to develop thoughtful responses. 

1. What has been your involvement in the arts and in arts administration up to the this point?

2. What are your professional goals in the area of arts administration, and how do you believe this program will help you to achieve these goals?

3. Please provide a brief autobiography highlighting the experiences that have been important in shaping your thinking and your goals in arts administration. How have your thoughts and ideas been changed or expanded through your experiences with people and organizations in the arts?

4. What do you expect to be your strongest characteristics as a graduate student? What do you expect to be some of your challenges?

5. What do you consider to be the most important piece of information that the Admissions Committee should know as it considers your application?

If you would prefer to complete the application via paper, you can find that form here.

Application materials should be forwarded to:

Master of Arts in Arts Administration
Welch Center for Graduate and Professional Studies
Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21204-2794

Acceptance to the program will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s work and experience, essay, recommendation forms and transcripts. The essay is particularly important as it demonstrates the applicant’s depth of experience, professional aims and ability to undertake self-directed graduate study and ability to present a cogent argument in writing. Letters of acceptance will be mailed in late April. Accepted students are required to submit an enrollment agreement, along with a nonrefundable $500 deposit. The deposit will be credited toward tuition charges for the upcoming semester.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

To help defray the cost of the program, you may apply for a Federal Direct Stafford or Direct PLUS Loan.  Eligibility for the Federal Direct Loans is based on need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Students receiving Federal Loans are required to take a minimum of 4.5 credits per semester.  To determine eligibility for these loans, please complete the FAFSA online  Some applicants will be required to submit additional information.  We encourage all students to use the Financial Aid Student Tracking System (FASTS) to learn the status of your financial aid file.  For more information click here

Scholarships are also available for MAAA students beginning with their first semester. Requests for scholarships for new students should be made at the time of applications. Funds are primarily awarded on basis of merit. Students should also check with their employers regarding possible financial assistance.

Please note that the cost of on-campus residency room and board is not covered by financial aid and that international students are not eligible for financial aid.  The fall semester begins on the first day of the on-campus residency and continues through the end of the off-campus portion.