Graduate Certificate

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Winthrop University

This low-residency certificate program is designed for individuals with fundamental, entry-level experience in non-profit arts organizations who seek to begin careers or enhance their effectiveness as arts administration professionals. This certificate is ideal for individuals who want advanced credentials and professional connections without the larger time commitment and academic requirements of a master’s degree. The weekend and online delivery allows students to develop their professional skills without compromising their family and career obligations. Enrollment is only open to students who already hold a Bachelor’s degree.

Goals and Objectives

1. To provide students a curriculum of best practices in governance, organizational management, audience development, financial management, and legal principles pertaining to non-profit arts organizations and cultural institutions.

2. To explore evolving technologies, global issues, ethical questions, and leadership practices as they relate to non-profit arts and culture.


Students will take 18 credit hours over two years to complete this certificate program, including courses such as Principles and Practices of Arts Administration, Leadership, Management, and Organizational Structure, Marketing the Arts, Financial Analysis, Budgeting, and Fiscal Management, Sustainability: Funding, Development, and Grants, and Arts Administration and the Law.


The ideal candidate for admission should:

1. Complete the online Graduate School application with the non-refundable application fee.

2. Request official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate School office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.

3. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;

4. Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

5. Have at least one year of work experience (professional or volunteer) in a non-profit arts/cultural environment;

6. Submit an essay describing their background in a non-profit arts/cultural environment and their reasons for pursuing this degree program;

7. Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae; and

8. Submit two letters of recommendation. Recommendations from arts and/or academic professionals who can speak about the applicant's involvement in the nonprofit arts field and the applicant's academic research/writing skills are preferred.

Winthrop University

Winthrop University

Robert Wildman

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 803-323-3494

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