Winthrop University

Arts Administration

701 Oakland Ave.
Rock Hill, South Carolina 29733
United States



Dr. Andrew Vorder Bruegge

Program Goals and Objectives

1. To provide students a curriculum of best practices in governance, audience development, financial management, and legal principles pertaining to non-profit arts.

2. To prepare students for leadership roles in community engagement with the arts, arts advocacy, and arts policy development.

3. To explore evolving technologies, global issues, ethical questions, and leadership practices as they relate to non-profit arts.

4. To guide students to successful completion of an individual capstone research paper or project as a culminating experience.


Year A
ARTA 600 Principles and Practices of Arts Administration (3)
ARTA 610 Leadership, Management, and Organizational Structure (3)
ARTA 650 Arts Administration and the Law (3)
ARTA 685 Field Based Practicum I (3)
ARTA 686 Field Based Practicum II (3)

Year A - Summer Institute I
ARTA 670 Policy and Advocacy (3) 

Year B
ARTA 620 Marketing the Arts (3)
ARTA 630 Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Fiscal Management (3)
ARTA 640 Sustainability: Funding, Development, and Grants (3)
ARTA 695 Research in Arts Administration I (3)
ARTA 696 Research in Arts Administration II (3)

Year B - Summer Institute II
ARTA 660 Community Engagement (3)

Total Semester Hours   36



In order to apply for this program, applicants should:

  1. Use the online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.
  3. Hold a baccalaureate degree in an arts or business management discipline;
  4. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
  5. Have at least one year of work experience (professional or volunteer) in a non-profit arts/cultural environment;
  6. Submit an essay describing their background in a non-profit arts/cultural environment and their reasons for pursuing this degree program;
  7. Submit a current curriculum vitae; and
  8. Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from arts and/or academic professionals who can speak about the applicant’s involvement in the non-profit arts field and the applicant’s academic research/writing skills are preferred.
  9. Interview with the Graduate Director of the program

Review of applications begins 15 February.  There is no "deadline" for applications. 

The Master of Arts in Arts Administration program does NOT require applicants to take the GRE or any other standardized examination.