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 for the degree 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 or CV. The resume/CV should include the applicant’s contact information; work experience including relevant arts and culture based work and/or volunteer experience; education; research and teaching experience, if applicable; publications, papers, and research presentations, if applicable; and any special skills or qualifications relevant to a pursuit of a doctoral degree.
  2. Statement of Purpose. The 1-2 page statement of purpose should include the rationale and purpose of the applicant’s desire to pursue a PhD in Arts Administration as well as preliminary research interests, and career goals after achieving the PhD.  
  3. Portfolio of Writing Samples. The portfolio should include a combination of professional and academic writing samples. At least one example of research writing is required.  The written portfolio should be 20-50 pages in length. 
  4. Transcripts. Applicants may submit unofficial transcripts for all university and college degrees earned. Upon acceptance, official transcripts are required. 
  5. GRE scores. GRE scores are required as a university policy. The GRE cannot be waived. There is no minimum score; GRE scores are considered in combination with other application materials. 
  6. Three letters of recommendation. A combination of professional and academic references is preferred. Letters should be able to speak to a candidate’s ability to successfully complete graduate level coursework, research aptitude, and advanced writing skills.

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.

Admission Deadline

Applications must be received in full (including letters of recommendation) by March 1 for consideration for the fall semester. 

Accepted Applicants

Applicants accepted to the PhD in Arts Administration will be provided instructions on how to apply for the Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Education. There is no need to apply for the certificate prior to acceptance.  


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