Winthrop University: Graduate School - MAAA Application Requirements
Contact Information
Graduate School
211 Tillman Hall
Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA
800/411-7041 (tollfree)
803/323-2292 (fax)

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: Robert Wildman,

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).

Ideal 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; Applicants with degrees in other fields of study who can articulate their interest in pursuing a graduate degree in arts administration are encouraged to apply.

    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 nonprofit arts/cultural environment;

    6. Submit an essay of approximately 2-3 pages explaining your reasons for pursuing a degree; your short-term and long-term career plans; and how your background experience, interest, and/or values, when combines with a MA Art Administration degree, will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

    7. Submit a current curriculum vitae;

    8. Submit two recommendations. Recommendations from arts and/or academic professionals who can speak about the applicant's involvement in the nonprofit arts field and the applicant's academic research/writing skills are preferred;* 

For a list of admission requirements or to apply for the online MAAA program, visit our online admissions page

Applicants that do not meet all the requirements of the ideal candidate are still encouraged to apply. Admissions decisions are based on holistic reviews of an applicant's entire application package.

*In the online application form applicants will be required to provide the names and email addresses of two individuals who will provide recommendations. Those individuals will then receive an email asking them to complete the required recommendation form. The completed recommendation forms will be submitted into our online application system. Applicants should talk with their recommenders ahead of time so they will be expecting the recommendation request email. 




Last Updated: 8/29/19