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 supports 4.1 million jobs.
Credits required: 36
Cost per credit: $685
Make ART Happen
This online program is designed for working professionals who want to acquire the leadership and management skills for today’s arts organizations. require but need flexibility to balance school, work, and family obligations.
As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:
- Design programs and strategies in order to engage with stakeholders, donors, patrons, and communities
- Solve problems through quantitative and qualitative research and conceptual analysis
- Utilize industry-standard software programs to create compelling messages in a variety of mediums.
- Draw on your new knowledge of the cultural sector to initiate change in the arts
- Transcend traditional modes and mechanisms in order to innovatively collaborate with peer colleagues, industry professionals, and faculty
Learn more about the Online MA here: https://finearts.uky.edu/arts-administration/online-ma-degree
MA in Arts Administration
The MA in Arts Administration 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
- 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
- A statement of purpose (one page, single-spaced) indicating the reasons for the applicant's interest in graduate study in Arts Administration at UK, what they hope to accomplish with their degree, and how they are prepared to earn a degree online.
- Writing sample
- A 10-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 research 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
- No GRE or GMAT is required for admission to this program.
- Two letters of recommendation
- 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.
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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.