How to Apply

Master of Arts in Arts Administration

We operate under a rolling admissions model. Therefore, please note the upcoming application deadlines below are suggested for optimal processing time. Start dates for each program may vary based on course offerings and other factors. Please check with admissions for the next enrollment period for your intended program. Applicants who are applying to participate in residency should apply for the Summer semester or Winter semester.

Semester Application Deadline Semester Start Date
Fall 2021 - Term 2 October 4 October 18
Winter 2022 December 13 January 3
Spring 2022 - Term 1 January 17 January 31
Spring 2022 - Term 2 March 14 March 28

Note: Our Low Residency programs do not require standarized testing, such as the GRE or GMAT, for acceptance. You may submit unofficial test scores as supplemental material, but are not required to. 

Admissions Requirements Checklist

Acceptance to the program will be based on an evaluation of the applicant's work experience, essay, recommendation forms, and transcripts. In order to be considered for admission, an applicant must complete the following steps through our graduate admissions portal.

  • Complete the online application.
  • Request official sealed transcripts of conferred undergraduate degree. A graduate transcript may be submitted if you would like transfer credits to be considered. A 3.0 GPA is recommended for admittance. If you have less than a 3.0 GPA, you may write a supplemental statement and/or meet with the program director to discuss your situation. 

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  • Request a minimum of one letter of recommendation completed by someone who knows 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 graduate admission portal.
  • Complete the essay answering program-specific questions. Please review essay requirements below.
  • International students must also follow the international student admissions processes.

Dual-degree applicants should complete the admissions requirements for both programs, such as supplying a writing sample and addressing the essay questions for both programs in one essay.

Applicants will know their admissions status within 3-4 business days of submitting a full application.

Accepted students are required to submit a nonrefundable $250 enrollment deposit. The deposit will be credited toward tuition charges for the upcoming semester. New students will receive their login information to their student accounts along with new-student onboarding information to ensure a successful enrollment.

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?

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