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Master of Arts in Arts Administration Application Requirements

Materials and applications are due by February 15 for Fall semester admission.  All materials should be sent to the Graduate School, 209 Tillman Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733. Final admission decisions cannot be made until all information has been received. Applicants not submitting all materials prior to the deadline will be considered for the following academic year.

After credentials are reviewed, the program director will contact the applicant to schedule an interview. Interviews will be conducted between March 15 and April 30.

In addition to meeting Winthrop University general admission requirements for all graduate students, applicants for admission must show high promise of success in graduate study in arts administration as demonstrated by an essay, interview and documentation of education and work experience.

Specifically applicants should:

1. Hold a baccalaureate degree in an arts or business management discipline;
2. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
3. Have at least one year of work experience (professional or volunteer) in a non-profit arts/cultural environment;
4. Submit an essay describing their background in a non-profit arts/cultural environment and their reasons for pursuing this degree program;
5. Submit a current curriculum vitae; and
6. Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from arts and/or academic professionals who can speak about the applicant’s involvement in the non-profit arts field and the applicant’s academic research/writing skills are preferred.*

*The online admissions application requires applicants to provide names and email addresses of two individuals from whom he/she has requested letters of recommendation. These two people will then receive an email instructing them to upload the recommendation letters into our online application system. Applicants should talk with these individuals ahead of time so they will be expecting the recommendation request email when they receive it.

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program does NOT require applicants to take the GRE or any other standardized examination.

Ideal candidates come to the program with superior undergraduate achievement in an arts discipline, applied professional work in the non-profit arts environment, and an aspiration to advance to a leadership role in the field. The applied experience with a non-profit arts organization is essential for success in the program, because students will draw upon their work experience as context for the concepts, theories, knowledge, and materials presented in the curriculum. Moreover, students are expected to put their learning into practice in their professional lives. Interested individuals who do not have professional work experience in the non-profit arts environment are encouraged to volunteer for a non-profit arts organization for at least a year before applying for admission to the program. Such regular, extended engagement in non-profit arts service will greatly improve such applicants’ chances of admission.

Applicants who do not hold a bachelor’s degree in an arts or business management discipline may present life and work experience in the non-profit arts environment as an alternative prerequisite for admission.

English Language Proficiency: All international graduate applicants must present one of the following to the Graduate School: a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test or at least 79 on the internet based test, an IELTS score of at least 6 or successful completion of level 112 of the Intensive English for Academic Purposes Program from an English Language School (ELS) center. Applicants who take the TOEFL or IELTS must have the official score report sent to the Graduate School directly from the testing service. Applicants who complete the ELS program must have an official Certificate of Completion and Academic Report sent to the Graduate School from the ELS center.

Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (toll free)
803/323-2292 (Fax)

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