Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Graduate Certificate

The arts sector is more vital and dynamic than ever, flourishing in major arts institutions and “non-hierarchical organizations,” including artist-run spaces and community organizations. This context, paired with changes in the nonprofit funding climate of the past thirty years, has generated a need to transform leadership training in the arts sector. Increasingly, creative thinkers must be equipped with administrative, analytical, entrepreneurial, and technological skill sets to work within the complex, interdependent arts and cultural ecosystem. In response, the Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship offers an interdisciplinary graduate program focused on leadership innovation in nonprofit performance, visual arts, cultural, and community organizations. 

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration and Cultural Entrepreneurship challenges students to create diverse, viable, and sustainable arts and culture projects and organizations; to use entrepreneurial practices in order to create transformation; to develop and deploy new arts and culture sector-focused business and analytic skills; and to design innovative planning and engagement strategies. Course and project work contains embedded experiential opportunities to explore and demonstrate transformational arts management approaches. This program is offered 100 percent online.


Students take three required courses and select one directed elective in consultation with faculty advisor.

Required Courses
AACE 6000Arts and Culture Organizational Leadership3
AACE 6010Planning for Arts and Cultural Organizations3
AACE 6020Experiential Study in Arts Administration 13
Elective Course
Complete one course from the following list:3
AACE 6100 1
AACE 6200Programming and Community Engagement for Cultural Entrepreneurs 13
AACE 6300 1

 For course titles and curricula detail please see college administrator

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required