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Arts Administration

Arts Administration
CCM Arts Administration Students at the Playhouse in the Park

With small class sizes, students gain individualized attention to prepare them for a career in any arts discipline.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will this program prepare me to manage any arts discipline?

Yes. Each year we accept students interested in managing orchestras, theatres, operas, dance companies and museums. Our program is specifically designed for those who want to work in the management of the not-for-profit arts.

Can I take classes that count towards the degree before I begin the program?

Generally, no. The Arts Administration program course sequence is designed to allow the students to gain information that builds from one class to the next. There is little flexibility in the course sequencing and students cannot take classes out of sequence.

Do I need to complete the video essay for my application?

No. The video portion is used primarily for performance degree programs, and will not help or hinder your consideration for admission. The only essay we require is the written personal statement.

What should I include in my personal statement?

The personal statement is our first opportunity to get to know you. Tell us why you became interested in the arts, how your career experience relates to this interest, what your career goals are, and how this program will help you achieve those goals. Most importantly, let your personality come through. 

Are there any prerequisites required for the MA/MBA program?

The program is best suited for students who have had some degree of work in an administrative capacity within an arts organization, whether an internship, part-time employment, or full-time employment. For MA/MBA applicants, the Carl H. Lindner College of Business requires that students have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, as many courses involve thorough use of the software.

I'm an international student, how do the admissions requirements differ?

International students should complete all required application materials by the program deadline. They must also comply with University application guidelines for international students, including the TOEFL score standard of 100 as detailed in the CCM College Bulletin for the Arts Administration program. If your undergraduate degree program did not use a 4 point GPA scale, you may input a 0 as your GPA, or use an online GPA calculator

When do I apply? 

We are now accepting applications for admission in Fall 2018. 

When do classes begin?

Classes begin in late August and end in late April. Students also complete a summer internship requirement at an arts organization of their choice between the first and second year of the program.  

Can I start the program at a time other than August?

No. The Arts Administration program course sequence is designed to allow the students to gain information that builds from one class to the next. There is little flexibility in the course sequencing and students may usually not take classes out of sequence. That sequencing begins in August.

How much will it cost?

The University determines the cost of tuition. A high percentage of Arts Administration students are granted University Graduate Scholarships, which cover a portion of tuition costs. Some students selected to the Arts Administration program also receive Graduate Assistantships which pay students for working 10-20 hours per week within various offices at the Conservatory. More information about these scholarships and other Financial Aid is available through CCM Financial Information:  http://ccm.uc.edu/admissions/financial_aid.html  

How do the requirements differ for the MA and the MA/MBA degree?

Both degrees require two years of full time study. The MA/MBA candidates take additional business classes throughout those two years. Curriculum for both programs can be found here: http://ccm.uc.edu/theatre/arts_admin/artsadminprogram/curriculum.html

I currently have a job. Can I be in the program part-time?

Not if your job is full time. The Arts Administration Program accepts 8-10 students per year who must study full-time. The nature of the coursework and class times requires full-time status. Many of our students are able to work part-time within the College or at arts organizations in Cincinnati. Due to the rigorous academics of the program, it is not recommended that students work more than 20 hour per week.

Should I apply to both the MA and MBA programs?

You should apply to Lindner College of Business's MBA progam after you are accepted to CCM's MA program. We recommended that you pursue degrees in both programs, as a majority of the curriculum overlaps. 

How selective is the program?

The CCM Arts Administration program accepts eight to ten students per year and gives preference to students with internship or job experience in arts administration. Great emphasis is placed on individual attention and developing the potential of each student.

What kinds of students are generally accepted?

The base requirements for acceptance are a baccalaureate degree from an accredited undergraduate institution and a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. Admission to the program is competitive. Priority is given to applicants who display previous experience in the field of arts administration, whether it is a career, part-time, internship, or structured volunteering. It is not enough to have a background in the performing arts; the ideal candidates for this program have had exposure to the administrative aspects of non-profit organizations. This experience enables students to have points of reference that complement and enhance the curriculum.

Do I need to take the GMAT? GRE?

The GMAT is no longer required to apply to the MBA portion of the dual degree program. The Carl H. Lindner College of Business accepts GRE and GMAT scores as part of their MBA application, so you may apply to both the MA and the MBA programs with either GMAT or GRE scores. When applying for the dual degree, scores and application materials should be sent to the CCM Admissions Office first. The LCB Admissions Office will have access to your scores and application materials from your CCM application.

How do I apply to the MA/MBA Program?

Dual degree candidates must complete an application with the College-Conservatory of Music and must also apply to the Carl H. Lindner College of Business. These applications are completely separate, so each application's requirements must be met independently. Both applications are available through the Arts Administration website.

For more information on applying to the dual degree program, please see Applying to the Arts Administration MA/MBA.

Begin the application process here.

When applying for the dual MA/MBA program, you should apply for the part-time MBA program and then choose the Arts Administration joint degree from the drop-down box.