College of Fine Arts

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Geraldine Maschio

Director of Graduate Studies in Arts Administration

Theatre Faculty

College of Fine Arts

205 Fine Arts Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0022

Program website

859-257-9616

The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation of arts leaders through its innovative online MA in Arts Administration. This degree is designed to serve a vibrant nonprofit arts and cultural industry that attracts more than 78 million Americans each year and generates $135 billion in economic activity annually that support 4.1 million jobs.

Ideal candidates for the M.A. include individuals who have experience in the arts or arts management and have the desire to supplement this experience with more in-depth training in the form of an advanced business and nonprofit arts-focused degree. These include persons who have graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts Administration or a related field, and professionals with experience in the arts or arts management.

UK offers its M.A. in Arts Administration as a completely online program. This provides several benefits to UK graduate students:

  • Flexibility - For working professionals, an online program is ideal to provide the flexibility needed to balance work, school and personal obligations. Thanks to asynchronous communication, students complete assignments and engage with their peers without the conventional restrictions of time and place.
  • Time and location - There is no residency requirement. The program is designed for students to have equal access no matter where they are located. There is no advantage to living close to campus unless a student has a personal preference. We have had students come to campus to meet faculty in person but it is certainly not necessary. The majority of our students are out-of-state.
  • Affordability - All students accepted into the Arts Administration M.A. program pay the in-state tuition rate regardless of residential location. Additionally, there are a number of financial aid options available to students who meet the requirements.
  • Quality instruction - Students who attend online classes will receive the same quality instruction as those who would attend class on-campus. The Arts Administration Program has dedicated considerable time and effort to ensuring that our online courses are functional and understandable to both the student and instructor, regularly updated and aesthetically pleasing.
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Master's Program Description

The MA Program is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experience. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrable commitment to the arts in at least one art form. This requirement can be satisfied in several ways including an undergraduate degree in an art form or arts-related field; professional experience in the arts; or extra-curricular activity in the arts.

Master's Application Requirements

Arts Administration (MA) Degree - Application Requirements
CV Upload Required Yes
CV Instructions A resume (no more than two pages in length) indicating the applicant's education, professional and volunteer experience, accomplishments and qualifications for graduate study.
Personal Statement Upload Required Yes
Personal Statement Instructions A statement of purpose (one page, single-spaced) indicating the reasons for the applicant's interest in graduate study in Arts Administration at UK and what they hope to accomplish with their degree.
Writing Sample Upload Required Yes
Writing Sample Instructions

A 10-15 page portfolio of writing samples that preferably would include at least one sample of research writing (college-level or above) but may also include professional writing samples that demonstrate critical and analytical thinking. Professional writing samples may include researched essays, marketing or fundraising materials, planning documents or journalistic work. If you do not have an academic or professional writing sample that you wish to submit, you may opt to write a new paper. The research paper should address one of the following topics and should include appropriate citation and references:

  • Discuss an issue in the arts or arts administration that you believe is of particular concern locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
  • Select a person who has had a significant influence in an artistic field. Describe and analyze the person's contributions to the arts.
  • Write an essay responding to and providing compelling examples of this quote: "Art is a nation's most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish." - Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts
  • Any arts-related topic of your choosing
GRE or GMAT No
Spring App Deadline October 15
Fall App Deadline March 15
Number of Recommendations Two (2) letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's qualifications for graduate work and proclivity for the field of arts administration. Preferably one letter should come from an academic reference and one from a professional reference.

Program requirements may change at any time. Contact the DGS of your intended program to confirm requirements, or view the Fine Arts website.

Admission Officer Contact Information

Mary Richardson

201C Gillis Building
859-257-4618
mrich6@uky.edu


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Grayscale headshot photograph of Dr. Maschio

Geraldine Maschio

Director of Graduate Studies in Arts Administration

Theatre Faculty

College of Fine Arts

205 Fine Arts Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0022

859-257-9616

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