College of Fine Arts

Arts Administration - PhD

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Program Summary

Fall 2021
Application Dates: 03/1/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
Fall 2022
Application Dates: 03/1/2022
Credits and Cost
Credits required: 46
Cost per credit: $693.00

Dr. Rachel Shane

Department Chair

Arts Administration

College of Fine Arts

205 Fine Arts Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0022

859-257-9616

  • Ph.D
Advance your career or academic aspirations by pursuing a PhD in Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky.  The field of arts administration continues to solidify and expand well into the 21st century.  The arts and cultural sector is one of the largest exports of products of the U.S. (and one of the only with a trade surplus), supports over 4.9 million jobs, and contributes $730 billion to the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). By contributing 4.2% to the US GDP, arts and cultural production has an economic sector larger than agriculture, travel and tourism, transportation and warehousing, and construction.  Be a part of this growing profession!

Program Summary

Fall 2021
Application Dates: 03/1/2021
Start Dates: 08/23/2021
Fall 2022
Application Dates: 03/1/2022
Credits and Cost
Credits required: 46
Cost per credit: $693.00

The PhD in Arts Administration at the University of Kentucky provides committed and engaged arts scholars the opportunity to study in a rigorous, online degree program focused on field competencies and research methodologies regardless of residential location.

Our program prepares students for careers that envision, conduct, and disseminate meaningful research in the arts and cultural sector. Future employers of PhD graduate may include state and local arts councils; federal, state, and local government agencies; academic institutions; large arts organizations including museums, performing arts organizations, and arts centers; economic and community development organizations; and thinktanks.  

Application Requirements

  1. Current Resume or CV.
    • The resume/CV should include:
      1. the applicant’s contact information
      2. work experience (including relevant arts and culture based work and/or volunteer experience)
      3. education, research and teaching experience (if applicable)
      4. publications, papers, and research presentations (if applicable)
      5. any special skills or qualifications relevant to a pursuit of a doctoral degree.
  2. Statement of Purpose. 
    • The 1-2 page statement of purpose should include the rationale and purpose of the applicant’s desire to pursue a PhD in Arts Administration as well as preliminary research interests, and career goals after achieving the PhD.  
  3. Portfolio.
    • The portfolio should include a combination of professional and academic writing samples. At least one example of research writing is required.  The written portfolio should be 20-50 pages in length. 
  4. Transcripts. 
    • Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for all university and college degrees earned. Upon acceptance, official transcripts are required. 
  5. GRE scores.
    • GRE scores are required as a university policy. The GRE cannot be waived. There is no minimum score; GRE scores are considered in combination with other application materials. 
  6. Three letters of recommendation.
    • A combination of professional and academic references is preferred. Letters should be able to speak to a candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate level coursework, research aptitude, and advanced writing skills.

The Arts Administration Graduate Admissions Faculty will review the PhD applications in order to select the finalists. Finalists will be interviewed via video conference in order to determine the student’s: 

  • Rationale for pursuing a PhD;  
  • Proclivity to online education and aptitude for rigorous research expectations;  
  • Area of research interest; and  
  • Systems in place to support the student through doctoral studies. 

Contact

Dr. Rachel Shane

Department Chair

Arts Administration

College of Fine Arts

205 Fine Arts Building

Lexington, KY 40506-0022

859-257-9616

State Authorization & Licensure

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 University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program 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.