Florida State University

Arts Administration (Ph.D.)

600 W. College Ave.
Tallahassee, Florida 32316
United States



Patricia Villeneuve

Program Goals and Objectives

The Arts Administration program in the Department of Art Education educates aspiring arts and cultural leaders about the theory and practice of socially responsible arts administration.

Top 10 Reasons to Study Arts Administration at FSU

  1. Our prestigious faculty have a variety of backgrounds and experiences.
  2. Our faculty to student ratio is considerably low for Master’s and Doctoral students.
  3. Our program encourages interdisciplinary study of Arts Administration with students in the Arts Administration program in the College of Music, and Theatre Management students in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance. Students also study with students in the Art Education and Art Therapy Programs.
  4. Our program addresses all of the Association of Arts Administration Educators’ standards for graduate education in Arts Administration.
  5. Our program emphasizes theory and practice through the use of service learning and internships.
  6. Our department’s job placement rate is higher than 90%.
  7. Our alumni have prominent and fulfilling careers.
  8. Because FSU participates in the academic common market, students from Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, and Virginia qualify for in-state tuition.
  9. After one continuous year of study, out-of-state students may apply for residency, which will allow them to receive in-state tuition rates.
  10. The cost of living in Tallahassee is 6% below the national average, which makes food, healthcare, housing, and transportation more affordable than cities such as Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, and Washington, DC. In addition, Florida residents do not pay state income tax or personal income tax.


The doctoral program may lead to either the doctor of philosophy or doctor of education degree in Art Education with a concentration in Arts Administration. The coursework includes three doctoral seminars: Structure in Art Education (Philosophical Foundations), Social Foundations, and Teaching and Learning (Psychological Foundations), and a minimum of 12 credit hours in research methods including Research Survey, and Descriptive & Inferential Statistics. In addition, students must complete related coursework, a comprehensive examination, and a prospectus defense before beginning the dissertation.

Residency requirements for the doctor of philosophy degree (Ph.D.) require that after earning a Master’s degree, the student must be continuously enrolled on the university campus or in one of its teaching centers for a minimum of twenty-four (24) graduate semester hours in any period of twelve (12) consecutive months. Residency requirements for the doctor of education degree (Ed.D.) require that after earning a Master’s degree, the student must be continuously enrolled on the university’s campus or in one of its teaching centers for a minimum of thirty (30) hours in a period of eighteen (18) consecutive months. The remaining years of study for either the Ph.D. or Ed.D. need not be continuous.

Three academic years of graduate study beyond the Master’s degree are usually required. All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within five calendar years from the time the student passes the preliminary examination or a new preliminary examination will be set by the committee.



The doctoral admissions requirement and procedures are subject to all regulations specified for graduate studies in the University’s Graduate Bulletin for the academic year in which the doctoral student first matriculates. To view the University’s Graduate Bulletin, see http://registrar.fsu.edu/bulletin/grad/info/. Specifically, admission requirements include:

  • Achieving a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale, earning a Master’s degree from an accredited institution, meeting a percentile ranking of 55% on the Verbal and 25% on the Quantitative portions of the GRE, and earning a Bachelor degree from a nationally accredited college or university in art, art education, or related fields (students may satisfy deficiencies upon admission into the program).
  • The applicant must be in good standing in the institution of higher education last attended.