Admission Guidelines

The program is designed to provide research specialization in arts and culture beyond the master's level. All students are expected to have at least minimal training in the common body of knowledge in the functional areas of arts administration.

In order to apply to the PhD in Arts Administration, students must have an earned graduate degree in arts administration or a related discipline. Field practitioners in the arts and cultural sectors with graduate degrees in related disciplines may be considered for admission; however, would likely be assigned foundational coursework which would not apply to the required 46-credit hours for the PhD.

Students will only be admitted in the fall semester.

Admission Requirements

Students interested in the PhD in Arts Administration will be required to submit an application utilizing the system as designated by the UK Graduate School (currently Apply Yourself). Students will be required to submit the following items: 

  1. Current resume; 
  2. Statement of purpose; 
  3. Portfolio of writing samples; 
  4. Official transcripts; 
  5. GRE scores*; and 
  6. Three letters of recommendation.

The Arts Administration Graduate Admissions Faculty will review the PhD applications in order to select the finalists. Finalists will be interviewed via video conference in order to determine the student’s:

  • Rationale for pursuing a PhD; 
  • Proclivity to online education and aptitude for rigorous research expectations; 
  • Area of research interest; and 
  • Systems in place to support the student through doctoral studies.

Admissions Deadline

Students are admitted in the fall semester only. A maximum of 4-6 students are accepted annually. 

The application deadline for the PhD in Arts Administration is March 1. Applications are no longer being accepted for fall 2020.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Admission to the Certificate in Research Methods in Education

​The PhD in Arts Administration is designed to concurrently earn a Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Education. Students must apply separately to both the PhD and the Graduate Certificate. However, students do NOT need to apply for the certificate unless and until they are accepted into the PhD in Arts Administration. Upon acceptance, students will receive specific instructions on how to apply.


* The GRE is a University of Kentucky Graduate School requirement therefore cannot be waived.


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On-Campus BA in Arts Administration
Online MA in Arts Administration
Online PhD in Arts Administration
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