Online M.A. Degree

The 21st century has shown significant increase in the nonprofit arts and culture industry. According to the Americans for the Arts most recent economic impact study, the nonprofit arts sector generates $166.2 billion in economic activity each year and according to the National Endowment for the Art's 2008 Public Participation in the Arts survey, about 35% of all U.S. adults attended a museum, gallery or performing arts event in 2007. Arts and cultural organizations are increasingly seeking trained professionals to provide vision and leadership. The University of Kentucky prepares the next generation of arts leaders through its innovative online M.A. in Arts Administration.

Ideal candidates for the M.A. include individuals who have experience in the arts or arts management and have the desire to supplement this experience with more in-depth training in the form of an advanced business and nonprofit arts-focused degree. These include persons who have graduated with a bachelor's degree in Arts Administration or a related field and professionals with experience in the arts or arts management.

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UK offers its M.A. in Arts Administration as a completely online program. Students are accepted for the fall, spring, and summer semesters. This provides several benefits to UK graduate students:

  • Flexibility - For working professionals, an online program is ideal to provide the flexibility needed to balance work, school and personal obligations. Thanks to asynchronous communication, students complete assignments and engage with their peers without the conventional restrictions of time and place.
  • Time and location - There is no residency requirement. The program is designed for students to have equal access no matter where they are located. There is no advantage to living close to campus unless a student has a personal preference. We have had students come to campus to meet faculty in person but it is certainly not necessary. The majority of our students are out-of-state.
  • Affordability - All students accepted into the Arts Administration M.A. program pay the in-state tuition rate regardless of residential location. Additionally, there are a number of financial aid options available to students who meet the requirements.
  • Quality instruction - Students who attend online classes will receive the same quality instruction as those who would attend class on-campus. The Arts Administration Program has dedicated considerable time and effort to insuring that our online courses are functional and understandable to both the student and instructor, regularly updated and aesthetically pleasing.

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Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted for the MA in Arts Administration on a rolling basis for fall and spring semesters. Applicants will receive a decision letter within two weeks of the submission of all application materials including letters of recommendation. The final deadlines for admission are as follows:

  • Fall: July 15

  • Spring: December 1

  • Summer: April 1

State Authorization & Licensure

If you plan to complete a University of Kentucky online program while living outside of Kentucky, you should check the Out-of-State Students page to determine if the University of Kentucky is authorized to provide this program in your state of residence. If you plan to use the degree to seek licensure, you should also determine if the degree meets the educational requirements for licensure in your state.


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