Arts Administration

Winthrop University

24 months
29214 USD/year
15166 USD/year
Tuition fee
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This graduate degree program is for individuals with experience in arts organizations who seek to enhance their effectiveness and increase their career opportunities as arts administration professionals.


The emphasis of the degree is on leadership in non profit arts organizations with special focus on the visual arts, dance, music, theatre, museum, cultural institution, and performing arts administration. The 36-hour degree program consists of 18 weekend sessions (18 credit hours), research and practicum work (12 credit hours), and two one week-long summer institutes (6 credit hours) that are spread out over two years of half-time enrollment in the fall, spring, and summer terms. Classes meet on three weekends in the fall, three weekends in the spring, and three weekends along with one full week in the summer.

Participants are admitted in cohorts beginning in the fall semester of each year. Cohort members develop strong bonds of camaraderie that transform into a vital network of professional peers after graduation. The program features visits to non-profit arts organization sites in the region. The faculty includes course instructors who are all working professionals in arts administration and guest lecturers with specialized expertise in marketing, law, grant-writing, advocacy, and leadership. The individual academic and career consultation and guidance that faculty members provide remains a distinctive component of the program. Every month students meet in small groups and individually with their instructors to discuss their progress and set goals for the next phase of their learning. In the first year the instructors guide students in their reflections upon their field-based internship experience. Second-year students meet with an instructor to discuss the planning, research, and writing of their research projects. Faculty members serving on thesis committees continue to work with students beyond the second year until the thesis is complete. Students typically graduate a year after completing all the course work.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Practices of Arts Administration
  • Leadership, Management, and Organizational Structure
  • Arts Administration and the Law
  • Marketing the Arts 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
6 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
79 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All international graduate applicants must submit an application and non-refundable application fee to the Graduate School. 
  • Transcript Evaluations: Applicants are required to have international coursework evaluated by an independent evaluation service.
  • Official U.S. Transcripts: If any undergraduate or graduate coursework was completed in the U.S., those official transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institution(s).
  • English Language Proficiency.
  • Applicants must submit an official score on a standardized test (GMAT, GRE, MAT, PRAXIS). 
  • Program-specific requirements.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29214 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14607 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    15166 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7583 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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