Arts Administration Graduate Program Admission
Before You Apply
Before applying to the Arts Administration Master of Fine Arts (MFA) or Master of Arts (MA) degree program, we urge you to read the Overview of Arts Administration and the Roles of Arts Administrators to become more familiar with the general scope of responsibilities and work of an arts administrator or manager. Success in any graduate program depends in large part on how well the program aligns with your interests, skills, abilities, and career goals. Please review the document to judge if the Arts Administration Program at SUU is the right fit for you.
Overview of Arts Administration and the Roles of Arts Administrators is a snapshot of the Graduate Standards for programs in arts administration from the Association of Arts Administration Educators. AAAE, which was founded in 1975, has developed these educational standards to assist programs around the world in setting outcomes and expectations for students pursuing graduate degrees in the field. SUU has been a full member in AAAE since 2004, and adheres to the AAAE Graduate Standards.
Applicants to the Arts Administration Program must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (or the international equivalent) in a relevant area of the arts, business, or the liberal arts. Students will be required to have a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for admission consideration.
The following materials must be sent to SUU Admissions by February 15 (Master of Fine Arts) and August 15 or December 15 (Master of Arts):
- SUU Graduate Programs Admissions application and the $60 fee ($65 for international students)
- Official transcripts from each college or university attended (Unless the institution is Southern Utah University)
- Resume including academic, professional, and volunteer experience
- Three (3) letters of recommendation
- Written Statement of Purpose
Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts Program who make it to the second stage of the admissions process must present themselves for an interview on-campus or at a professional conference. Applicants are strongly encouraged to interview on-campus and to tour the Cedar City area and the professional affiliate organizations. The Program Director will contact those applicants who make it to this stage to set up an interview.
Applicants for the Master of Arts Program (Online) are also encouraged to interview on-campus and to tour the Cedar City area and the professional affiliate organizations, but are only required to have a telephone interview.
The Program Director and the AA Admissions Committee will assess the quality of the applicant based on the following areas:
- Leadership skills as evidenced through the applicant’s undergraduate activities, civic volunteerism, internship with a professional arts organization, and/or a paid professional experience in arts or nonprofit organizations.
- Communications skills as evidenced through a written Statement of Purpose addressing educational and career goals, and (MFA candidates only) a personal interview.
- Preference is given to applicants who have work and/or volunteer experience in the arts or non-profit sector or related fields after completion of a bachelor's degree program.