Program at a Glance

  • On Campus
  • Full-Time or Part-Time Study
  • 16 Credits
  • 8–12 Months to Completion
  • 14 Core Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT
  • Tuition & Fees—Part-Time Study*: $14,020-$15,720

*Based on 2024–2025 Boston University tuition and fees.

Develop Your Career in Arts Management

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) provides a unique learning opportunity to develop professional experience in the field through project management activities, while fostering opportunities for collaborations with world-leading art institutions and practitioners in the field.

The certificate program prepares you for the realities of today’s arts organizations in an evolving world. The organizations that bring the arts to the public are crucial to a rich and diverse cultural life—and BU’s Boston location offers a wealth of opportunities. As a professional arts manager, you will be skilled to organize and achieve missions—whether local, national, or global.

BU MET’s Arts Management program serves those 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 Arts Management certificate 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 Boston University, including the extensive network of visual and performing arts organizations that have employed our graduates, and internship and job placement services.

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“BU’s Arts Management certificate program was the perfect way for me to integrate quickly into the nonprofit arts community in Boston, while still keeping a global context due to the international focus of courses and the program’s diverse student population. The connection with fellow students from multiple disciplines in the arts—whether in current BU graduate programs, working for local organizations, or studying full time from all around the world—pairs very well with faculty who have close working relationships in their fields of expertise in Boston and beyond. I found inspiration and excellent networking opportunities in every classroom because of the range of experience, variety of arts backgrounds, and creative perspectives of my colleagues as much as from the content of the class and guidance of engaging professors. The chance to fit courses around my work schedule offered the flexibility I needed to gain valuable skills and context, as well as apply what I was learning immediately.”Juliana Jordan (MET’19), Company Manager at Boston Ballet

Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management at BU?

  • Active Learning Environment: BU’s Arts Administration courses ensure you get the attention you need through close interaction with faculty and visiting artists. Benefit from an interdisciplinary curriculum that encourages collaboration between students from multidisciplinary arts backgrounds and provides access to mentor programs, internships, project management activities, and opportunities to work with world-leading art institutions and practitioners in the field.
  • Engaged Faculty: In BU’s Arts Management graduate certificate program, you study with an international faculty of professionals working within the visual and performing arts worlds who also happen to be accomplished musicians, photographers, painters, collectors, and performers. Their expertise in the most current challenges, trends, and best practices in the field enables them to offer rich perspectives and insights that ensure a uniquely hands-on approach to study.
  • Extensive Network: Study alongside peers within the art world; consult and network with a wide range of national and international companies and nonprofit organizations within the art world; and benefit from a global alumni community with strong professional connections. Plus, you have access to the Boston University Arts Administration Student Association (AASA), formed in the spring of 1995 to provide opportunities for social interaction, educational enrichment, and career development.
  • Student Support: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty mentors and access to support.
  • Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the BU Art Galleries, Arts Initiative, Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Tsai Performance Center, Wheelock Family Theatre, and many others.
  • Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus with courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
  • Track Record: Founded in 1993, Boston University’s Metropolitan College Arts Administration program has produced professional leaders at a host of cultural institutions in Boston, throughout the United States, and abroad.

Succeed in the Management of Arts Organizations

Through the MS in Arts Administration and graduate certificates in Arts Management, Arts Marketing, Commercial Theater Development, and Fundraising Management, the Arts Administration program at BU MET emphasizes creativity, economic problem solving, entrepreneurial leadership, internationalism, innovation in the arts, and a commitment to technological proficiency. We are particularly concerned with helping arts organizations successfully achieve their missions. It is toward such an end that we sustain a deep conviction in the centrality of the role of the artist, and in the fundamental importance of artistic excellence, as issues central to all arts organizations in the twenty-first century.

We offer a flexible schedule to accommodate students who are working or have other responsibilities that prevent traditional full-time study. All coursework can be completed on a part-time, evening basis or via full-time study.

Graduate with Expertise

Boston University’s Arts Management graduate certificate will equip you with:

  • Knowledge of the most important challenges and opportunities facing nonprofit and for-profit cultural organizations.
  • Knowledge of the history of arts organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors in the US.
  • Knowledge of the structure and institutional behavior of arts organizations in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors in the US.
  • Knowledge of the best practices regarding financial and personnel management of arts organizations.
  • Knowledge of relevant legal regulations in nonprofit and for-profit arts organizational settings.
  • Knowledge of techniques used to develop community-based programs in the arts.
  • The ability to take a strategic approach to your personal development, networking, and self-marketing for professional advancement within the field of arts administration.

Certificate-to-Degree Pathway

BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management shares specific courses with the Master of Science in Arts Administration. Students currently enrolled in a graduate certificate who are interested in transitioning into a master’s degree should contact their academic advisor to declare their interest in this pathway. A new master’s degree application is not required. Connect with a graduate admissions advisor at artsad@bu.edu to learn more about this option.

Courses

(Four courses/16 credits)

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Arts Administration Faculty

Tuition & Financial Assistance

Competitive Tuition

Our part-time rates are substantially lower than those of the traditional, full-time residential programs yet provide access to the same high-quality BU education.

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Comprehensive Financial Assistance

Our services include scholarships, graduate loans, and payment plans.

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Tuition, fees, and total program cost are determined by enrollment status. Course enrollment in this certificate program is 1–2 courses (4–8 credits) in a semester, and tuition is charged the part-time per-credit rate.

Arts Management Graduate Certificate (On Campus)

Enrollment Status Part Time
Courses per Semester 2 courses
(8 credits)
Time to Degree 2 semesters
(8 months)
Tuition* $550-$975
per credit**
Fees per Semester* $60
Total Degree Cost* $15,720

*Based on 2024-2025 Boston University tuition & fee rates.
**Cost per credit is determined by course number (100–599 = $550/credit, 600–999 = $975/credit).

Questions? Please contact us to hear from an Admissions Advisor who can help you determine the best enrollment pathway. For information regarding financial aid, visit BU MET’s Financial Aid page.

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