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Arts Administration Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I receive an MS in Arts Administration?
Persons interested in learning the skills required for a successful senior level management career in the non-profit arts field, and are determined to become leaders in the arts world would greatly benefit from furthering their education. Our program focuses on the needs of the non-profit business community, and how to better strategically plan the future of your organization.

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What are the three assistantships offered through the program?
The three assistantships offered through Arts Administration include: Performing Arts PR/Marketing, ArtsLine, and Pearlstein Gallery. The Performing Arts PR/Marketing graduate assistant is responsible for assisting the Department of Performing Arts with all marketing efforts, including press releases, PSAs, performance programs, and fliers. S/he is also responsible for organizing the Madrigal Dinner and acts as the communications assistant for the AAGA. The ArtsLine graduate assistant is responsible for compiling articles, editing, and publishing the program's newsletter. S/he is also the Program Director's assistant and acts as the treasurer for AAGA. The Pearlstein Gallery graduate assistant assists with all aspects of the gallery’s operations, including reception, show installation, and special events. For more information please contact us.

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What is the Dean's Fellowship?
Awarded by the University's Graduate Admissions Office, a Drexel Dean's Fellowship is a non-need-based award for full-time graduate students that provides a percentage of your tuition each term. Designed to assist outstanding applicants, the fellowship does not carry any assigned duties. For more information contact financial aid at

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When do the school terms begin?
The Arts Administration program runs on a quarterly schedule. Fall quarter begins in late September and runs through early December. Winter Quarter begins early January and runs through mid-March. Spring Quarter begins late March and ends mid-June. Summer Quarter begins late June and ends late August. All quarters conclude with a finals week and then at least one week of vacation (the break between Summer and Fall quarters is longer, as is the holiday break between Fall and Winter). For more information, you can view the University’s academic calendar:

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Do I need to take the GRE?
The program does not require the GRE at this time.

What TOEFL score is required of international students?
International students are required to earn a minimum of 550 on the Paper Based TOEFL or 95-100 on the International Based TOEFL in order to be considered for the Arts Administration program. However, if you have a bachelor's degree from a college or university in the United States, TOEFL scores are not required. For more information contact International Admissions at

What are the pre-requisites for the program?
Applicants should present a resume demonstrating a strong affinity for the non-profit arts field through work, volunteer experiences, education, or special training. Undergraduate preparation must include at least one course in financial accounting, two courses in the history or literature of an art, and/or two courses in the practical or creative aspects of an art. Applicants who lack this preparation (or the equivalent) must complete work in the above areas during the first two terms in the program.

How do I apply online?
Drexel University allows students to apply online on the Graduate Admissions website: Applicants must also submit letters of recommendation, transcripts, and required test scores.

How long does it take to complete the degree?
Students must complete all degree requirements, including the thesis, within five years after entering the program. The curriculum sequence is designed such that you can finish your thesis at the same time as your coursework is completed. For full-time students, the degree can be completed in 5 quarters (approximately 16 months). Full-time students take 3 classes each quarter. To view an overview of the academic requirements of the program, go to

What size is the faculty?
The Arts Administration program has three full-time faculty members and ten adjunct faculty members.

When are the classes held?
All classes are held in the evening and begin at 6:00 pm or 6:30 pm. On average, classes on campus last 2 hours and 50 minutes.

How many students are accepted into the program each academic year?
Each academic year we accept between 25 and 35 students.

How do you join the Arts Administration Graduate Association? (AAGA)?
As a student in Arts Administration you are automatically a member of the student organization, AAGA, and thereby invited to all events. To learn more about the AAGA go to

Does the program accept transfer credits?
The program does accept transfer credits; however they must be approved by the program director and all transfer credits must be at the graduate level.

Do I have to be a fine arts major to enter the program?
Applicants do not have to be visual or performing arts majors, only about 56% of our students are fine arts majors. However, it is required that applicants take two courses in the history or literature of an art, and/or two courses in the practical or creative aspects of an art.

How can I get involved with Research?
Our program provides ample opportunities to become involved in various research projects. If you would like to receive more information regarding research please contact us. Our Research Director, Neville Vakharia, will get in touch with you.

Is a thesis required?
All students are required to complete a thesis. The paper must be an original research paper, a case study, or further analysis of a topic of the student's interest supported by existing literature.

How long do I have to complete the thesis?
The student must complete all course work including the thesis within five years after entering the program. The thesis process itself typically takes 3 academic quarters.

What is Artsline?
ArtsLine is the program's newsletter. It is edited by one of our graduate assistants, and is distributed 3 times a year.

How many graduate arts administration programs are in the U.S.?
There are several graduate programs within the U.S and the number is growing. For more information regarding all arts administration programs, check out the Association of Arts Administration Educators web site at

Where can I find information about living in Philadelphia?
The following are web sites which provide detailed information and links to area organizations:,,, and

What organizations does the program retain membership?
Presently, the program is a member of the following organizations: Americans for the Arts, Association of Arts Administration Educators, American Association of Museums, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.