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 1st [2021 admission open until filled] (MFA), September 1st (MA Fall Start), or January 1st (MA Spring Start):

  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


All applications received for the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) track will be reviewed by the AA Admissions Committee beginning the 1st week of March each year. Applicants who make it past this first "paper" stage of the admissions process will be contacted directly by the Program Director beginning the 2nd week of March to schedule a day-long, in-person* interview, which is the second stage of the AA admissions process. Interviews for positions on the MFA track are held during March and April, and include graduate class attendance, meetings with various stakeholder groups, and tours of campus and our professional affiliate organizations. 

*Because of the pandemic, interviews for this track will be held virtually this year. Information on this new process will be communicated to the candidates.*

All applications received for the Master of Arts (MA) track will be reviewed by the AA Admissions Committee beginning the 1st week of July (Fall start) and the 1st week of October (Spring start) each year. Applicants who make it past this first "paper" stage of the admissions process will be contacted directly by the Program Director beginning the 2nd week of June (Fall start) or the 2nd week of October (Spring start) to interview for a position in the cohort, which is the second stage of the AA admissions process. Applicants who make it to this point are welcome to interview in person* and tour the Cedar City area and our professional affiliate organizations, but are only required to have a virtual interview. Committee evaluations and interviews for the MA track take place on a rolling basis from July to September and from October to January, or until the semester in question begins.

*Because of the pandemic, interviews for this track will be strictly virtual this year. Information on this process will be communicated to the candidates directly.*


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.