Arts Administration Admissions

General Requirements

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.

Admission Materials

The following materials must be sent to SUU Admissions by March 1 (Master of Fine Arts) and September 1 (Master of Arts):

  1. SUU Graduate Programs Admissions application and the fee
  2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended (unless the institution is SUU
  3. Resume including academic, professional, and volunteer experience
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  5. A Statement of Purpose


Applicants for the Master of Fine Arts Track who make it past the first "paper" stage of the admissions process will be contacted by the Program Director in March to schedule a day-long, in person interview, which is the second stage of that process. Interviews are held during March and April, and include graduate class attendance, meetings with various stakeholder groups, and tours of our professional affiliate organizations. 

Applicants for the Master of Arts Track (Online) who make it past the first "paper" stage of the admissions process will be contacted by the Program Director beginning in June to interview for a position in the cohort, which is the second stage. Applicants who make it to this point are welcome to interview in person, to tour the Cedar City area and our professional affiliate organizations, but are only required to have a virtual interview.


Application Assessment

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, internships 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.

The Program Director and the AA Admissions Committee may make exceptions to admissions policies on a case-by-case basis.