Graduate Certificate in Arts Management

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The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management serves the many practicing and aspiring arts professionals who do not have the time or resources to commit to a full program of graduate study, or may already possess a graduate degree in another field. This certificate may be of particular interest to experienced professionals in related fields who are considering a career change. Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management take the same classes as their counterparts in the graduate degree program in Arts Administration and follow all prerequisite requirements as outlined for the degree program. Certificate students have access to all the resources of the department and the University, including the extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations that have employed Boston University graduates, and internship and job placement services. The certificate is open to qualified applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a fully accredited college or university in the United States or abroad. All candidates for admission are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and related work experience.

Goals and Objectives

Founded at Boston University’s Metropolitan College in 1993, the Arts Administration master’s degree and graduate certificates emphasize excellence, creativity, economic problem solving, internationalism, and a commitment to the technologies of our age as core values in its curriculum.

The socioeconomic and political challenges of the day bring a renewed importance to the work of cultural entrepreneurs, artists, producers, curators, policy-makers, and administrators who embrace the challenge of re-thinking and re-shaping the fundamentals of contemporary society. Our students are prepared for the global responsibilities of the arts in the twenty-first century, and are eager to play leadership roles within visual arts, performing arts, and arts service organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors worldwide.


The certificate consists of four graduate courses for a total of 16 credits. Students take three required core courses and choose one additional course, as listed below.

(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AR 690 The Art World
MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits
MET AR 778 Legal Issues in Arts Administration

Select One Additional Course:
MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
MET AR 720 Marketing and Audience Development for the Arts
MET AR 766 Arts and the Community
MET AR 771 Managing Performing Arts Organizations
MET AR 774 Managing Visual Arts Organizations
MET AR 779 Public Art Program Administration
MET AR 781 Special Topics in Arts Administration
MET AR 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship

Transfer of Credits to Degree Program:
Upon completion, interested students may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Arts Administration degree program. If accepted, all credits earned toward the graduate certificate will be applied to the degree program.


All students must have a baccalaureate degree; students are also expected to have a demonstrable, discipline-based expertise in one art area, usually satisfied by an undergraduate degree in the arts but it is possible to document expertise by alternative means. Candidates are selected on the basis of undergraduate transcripts, academic and personal references, and interviews; international students must have a TOEFL minimum score of 95.