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


Graduate Program Director: Robert Wildman


Phone: 803/323-3494


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.

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


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Professional Organization Affiliation

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.


Certificate Requirements

Required courses to complete*

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 (9 per year, spread over two years)

*Students must earn a B or better in all courses


Admission Requirements

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 a personal statement, documentation of education, and documentation of work experience in the arts or cultural environment.


The ideal candidate for admission 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 from an accredited institution;

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

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

6. All applicants are required to submit:

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

  • a current resume or curriculum vitae; and

  • 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.**

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.


Once students are admitted to the Graduate Certification in Arts Administration program, they may enroll immediately in the next course that begins after their acceptance. Please refer to the most recent schedule of courses for information on the next course being offered.

2017-18 Schedule (pdf - 335 KB)
2016-17 Schedule (pdf - 330 KB)
2015-16 Schedule (pdf - 330 KB)


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.


Assessment Plan Information

2017-18 Assessment Plan (pdf - 152 KB)

2017-18 Assessment Plan Review (pdf - 76 KB)

Last Updated: 5/20/21