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Master of Arts in Arts Administration

Review of applications will begin on February 15 for Fall semester admission. Complete applications submitted on or before February 15 will receive priority consideration for admission. Complete applications received after that date will be reviewed and considered as space in the cohort permits. Please contact the graduate program advisor and coordinator for information on space availability: Dr. Andrew Vorder Bruegge, 803/323-4850,

All materials should be sent to the Graduate School, 211 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 Fall semester academic year (a form must be filled out through the Graduate School in order to change terms).

In order to apply for this program, applicants should:

    1. Complete the online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.

    2. Request official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

    3. Hold a baccalaureate degree in an arts or business management discipline;

    4. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

    5. Have at least one year of professional work experience in a non-profit arts/cultural environment;

    6. Submit an essay describing their background in a non-profit arts/cultural environment and their reasons for pursuing this degree program;

    7. Submit a current curriculum vitae; and

    8. 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.*

    9. Interview with the Graduate Director of the program**

*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.

**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.

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.


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

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