The MA Program is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experience. Applicants are expected to have a demonstrable commitment to the arts in at least one art form. This requirement can be satisfied in several ways including an undergraduate degree in an art form or arts-related field; professional experience in the arts; or extra-curricular activity in the arts.
All applicants whose native language is not English will be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 (paper-based) 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). The minimum IELTS score is 6.5. Submitted scores must be no more than two years old.
Application Process and Deadlines
Applications for admission to the M.A. in Arts Administration program are reviewed by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. The criteria for admission and the materials evaluated in making admission decisions are listed below. Please keep in mind that applicants are evaluated individually and also in terms of the overall quality of the pool of applications. To apply for admission to the M.A. in Arts Administration program, applications must be submitted to the UK Graduate School. Applications will be accepted for the following academic terms:
FALL ADMISSION (Classes begin in August)
Deadline – July 15
SPRING ADMISSION (Classes begin in January)
Deadline - December 1
SUMMER ADMISSION (Classes begin in May)
Deadline - April 1
Applicants will receive a decision letter within two weeks of all materials being submitted.
Applications received after the deadlines will be accepted and reviewed on a space availability basis only.
Applications for admission to the M.A. in Arts Administration program are reviewed by the department's Graduate Admissions Committee. The criteria for admission and the materials evaluated in making admission decisions are listed below. Please keep in mind that applicants are evaluated individually and also in terms of the overall quality of the pool of applications.
To apply for admission to the program, your application should include the following items:
- Official transcripts
- A resume (no more than two pages in length) indicating your education, professional and volunteer experience, accomplishments and qualifications for graduate study.
- A statement of purpose (one page, single-spaced) indicating the reasons for your interest in graduate study in Arts Administration at UK and what they hope to accomplish with their degree. Please also discuss your personal or professional skills that will aid you in successfully completing classes online.
- A portfolio of writing samples (10-15 pages) that preferably would include at least one sample of research writing (college-level or above) but may also include professional writing samples that demonstrate critical and analytical thinking. Professional writing samples may include researched essays, marketing or fundraising materials, planning documents or journalistic work. If you do not have an academic or professional writing sample that you wish to submit, you may opt to write a new paper. The research paper should address one of the following topics and should include appropriate citation and references:
- Discuss an issue in the arts or arts administration that you believe is of particular concern locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
- Select a person who has had a significant influence in an artistic field. Describe and analyze the person's contributions to the arts.
- Write an essay responding to and providing compelling examples of this quote: “Art is a nation’s most precious heritage. For it is in our works of art that we reveal to ourselves and to others the inner vision which guides us as a nation. And where there is no vision, the people perish." –Lyndon Johnson, on signing into existence the National Endowment on the Arts
- Any arts-related topic of your choosing
- Two letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's qualifications for graduate work and proclivity for the field of arts administration. Preferably one letter should come from an academic reference and one from a professional reference. When completing your online application, you will be asked to enter in the contact information of your references including their email addresses. Your references will then receive a notification email asking them to complete a recommendation on your behalf. You can check on the status of your online recommendations by logging in to your online application.
Please note that notification emails will indicate "University of Kentucky - The Graduate School" as the sender but will come from firstname.lastname@example.org. If you use a spam-blocking tool, please add this email address to your list of known/safe addresses.
Note: The GRE is not required for admission to the MA in Arts Administration. However, it is required if you wish to apply for UK Graduate School Scholarships and Fellowships.
The graduate application and materials, including transcripts, should be submitted online to the University of Kentucky Graduate School.
The M.A. program consists of 36 credit hours. Students taking courses full-time (three courses per semester) will complete their degree in two academic years. Students taking two courses per semester including summer can complete their degree in two calendar years. The program is flexible and some students opt to take courses part-time or a varied number of courses per semester depending on other commitments. In this case, completion time is variable.