Arts Administration Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration 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 Administration 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 has 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.

Course Requirements

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)

Select One Additional Course

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.