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

Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration


This low-residency certificate program is designed for individuals with fundamental, entry-level experience in non-profit arts organizations who seek to begin careers or enhance their effectiveness as arts administration professionals. This certificate is ideal for individuals who want advanced credentials and professional connections without the larger time commitment and academic requirements of a master's degree. The weekend and online delivery allows students to develop their professional skills without compromising their family and career obligations.


Graduate Program Director: 

Mr. Robert Wildman 


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      Enrollment is only open to students who already hold a Bachelor's degree.

      Time to completion: 2 years (9 credits per year, spread over two years)

      Total Credits: 18

      Format: Low-residency

        Winthrop University is a member of the Association of Arts Administration Educators (AAAE), the international professional organization that promotes standards of education in arts administration.

        ARTA 600: Principles and Practices of Arts Administration (3)

        ARTA 610: Leadership, Management, and Organizational Structure (3)

        ARTA 620: Marketing the Arts (3)

        ARTA 630: Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Fiscal Management (3)

        ARTA 640: Sustainability: Funding, Development, and Grants (3)

        ARTA 650: Arts Administration and the Law (3)

        Total hours: 18 



        Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration: No deadline, rolling admission

        Note: All admission materials must be received by the Graduate School office before an application will be reviewed


        Application requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration program include:

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

        • 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.

        • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;

        • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

        • Have at least one year of work experience (professional or volunteer) in a non-profit arts/cultural environment

        • A personal statement describing their background in a non-profit arts/cultural environment and their reasons for pursuing this certificate program

        • Current resume or curriculum vitae

        • Two letters of recommendation. 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.



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    Admission to the Master of Arts in Arts Administration Degree Program after the Certificate:

    Upon successful completion of six hours, Graduate Certificate students may apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Arts Administration degree program. If accepted, all credits earned toward the graduate certificate will be applied to the degree program.


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    Last Updated: 9/14/21