Boston University

Graduate Certificate

808 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 269G
Massachusetts, Boston
United States



Mr. Lanfranco Aceti

Program Goals and Objectives

Founded at Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 1993, the Arts Administration master’s degree and graduate certificates emphasize excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the technologies of our age as core values in its curriculum.

The socioeconomic and political challenges of the day bring a renewed importance to the work of cultural entrepreneurs, artists, producers, curators, policy-makers, and administrators who embrace the challenge of re-thinking and re-shaping the fundamentals of contemporary society. Our students are prepared for the global responsibilities of the arts in the twenty-first century, and are eager to play leadership roles within visual arts, performing arts, and arts service organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide.


The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration serves the many practicing and aspiring arts professionals who do not have the time or resources to commit to a full program of graduate study, or may already possess a graduate degree in another field. This certificate may be of particular interest to experienced professionals in related fields who are considering a career change.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration take the same classes as their counterparts in the graduate degree program in Arts Administration and follow all prerequisite requirements as outlined for the degree program. Certificate students have access to all the resources of the department and the University, including the extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations that has employed Boston University graduates, and internship and job placement services.

The certificate is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a fully 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.

Program Requirements: Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration: 16 credits:

Required Courses: 
The Art World
Legal Issues in Arts Administration
Financial Management for Non-profits

Select One Additional Course:
Raising Funds for Non-profit Organizations
Marketing & Audience Development
Managing Performing Arts Organizations
Managing Visual Arts Organizations
Public Art Program Administration
Special Topics in Arts Administration



All students must have a baccalaureate degree; students are also expected to have a demonstrable, discipline-based expertise in one art area, usually satisfied by an undergraduate degree in the arts but it is possible to document expertise by alternative means. Candidates are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and interviews; international students must have a TOEFL minimum score of 95.

Application materials are available from:

Metropolitan College 
Boston University 
808 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215 
Telephone: (617) 353-4064 
Fax: (617) 358-1230 
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