Graduate Certificate Programs in Arts Administration

The Arts Administration program offers two graduate certificates: the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management.

Each certificate consists of four graduate courses. Certificate students take the same classes as graduate students completing the Master of Science (MS) in Arts Administration. Certificate students have access to all the resources of the department and University, including an extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations that have employed Boston University graduates and internship and job placement services. Students may petition to have credits earned in the certificate programs transferred toward the MS in Arts Administration.

Graduate Certificates

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 who 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.

The certificate consists of four graduate courses. Three courses are required and one may be selected from the list below. Upon completion, interested students may apply for admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Arts Administration program. If accepted, all completed credits earned toward the certificate will be applied to the degree program.

Admission to the Arts Administration Certificate Program

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 professional references, and related work experience.

Program Requirements (four courses/16 credits)

Required courses:

  • 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 749 Research and Program Evaluation in Arts Administration
  • 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 789 Cultural Entrepreneurship


The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management provides administrative, financial, technical, and leadership skills for those seeking careers as professional fundraisers and for nonprofit managers who wish to substantially enhance their skills in fundraising. The certificate is also appropriate for professionals considering a career change and professionals in the arts, health care, education, faith-based, and human services fields.

The Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management consists of four courses. Upon completion of the certificate, students working in the visual or performing arts fields may apply for admission to the Master of Science (MS) in Arts Administration program. If accepted, all successfully completed credits earned toward the certificate may be applied toward degree requirements.

Admission to the Fundraising Management Certificate Program

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 professional references, and related work experience. A student may take up to two courses before admission to the Fundraising Certificate, but must apply and be accepted to the program prior to the completion of the second course.

Program Requirements (four courses/16 credits)

  • MET AR 550 Raising Funds and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
  • MET AR 711 Capital Campaigns
  • MET AR 723 Individual Fundraising
  • MET AR 750 Financial Management for Nonprofits