Arts Administration Frequently Asked Questions

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 two assistantships offered through the program?
The two assistantships offered through Arts Administration include: Publicity and Artsline Graduate Assistants. The Publicity graduate assistant is responsible for all marketing materials regarding the concerts of the Department of Performing Arts including press releases, PSAs, performance programs, and fliers. S/he is also responsible for organizing the Madrigal Dinner and acts as the treasurer for 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 secretary for AAGA. 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. The schedule for the 2009 - 2010 academic year is: Fall - September 21st; Winter -January 4th; Spring March 29th; and Summer June 21st.

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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 92-93 on the International Based TOEFL in order to be accepted into 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.

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.

What size is the faculty?
The Arts Administration program has two full-time faculty members and ten adjunct faculty members. The Department of Performing Arts has nine full-time faculty members.

When are the classes held?
All classes are held in the evening and begin at 5:30 pm or 6:00 pm.

What is Westphal College?
Westphal College is Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design which houses the Department of Performing Arts and the Arts Administration program.

How many students are accepted into the program each academic year?
Each academic year we accept between 17 and 20 students.

How do you join the AAGA?
As a student in Arts Administration you are automatically a member of the student organization, AAGA, and thereby invited to all events.

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. We are presently working with area organizations on a common data project for Pennsylvania's non-profit arts and cultural community. If you would like to receive more information regarding Research please contact us. Our research director, Ximena Varela, 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 their thesis within seven years after entering the program; however, it is highly suggested that you complete the thesis as soon as all coursework is completed.

What are the Pew Initiatives?
The Pew Charitable Trusts worked with members of the performing and visual arts and cultural organizations to create and continually refine a group of initiatives which are designed to "foster the artistic and organizational development of these components of the Philadelphia area's rich and diverse cultural life." These organizations include: Dance Advance, Pew Fellowships in the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, Philadelphia Music Project, and the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative.

What is Artsline?
Artsline is the program's newsletter. It is edited by one of our graduate assistants, and is distributed quarterly (except summer term).

How many graduate arts administration programs are in the U.S.?
There are 25 graduate programs within the U.S. 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.

Also in Arts Administration

Artsline Newsletter, published by the Arts Administration Graduate Program

Drexel AAGA