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:
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.
|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:
|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.|
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College of Fine Arts
205 Fine Arts Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0022
If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the program is authorized in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.