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Program in Arts Administration
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Program in Arts Administration

In the Department of Arts & Humanities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the Program in Arts Administration located within Teachers College?

Arts education has become an increasingly important component of the arts and to arts organizations. Leaders in arts administration must combine management skills with an ability to integrate arts education into their organizations' missions. Therefore in 1991, the Program in Arts Administration moved to Teachers College, the #1 education school in the country and a leader in arts education, in order to connect its students to the latest ideas, issues, and innovations in the field.

What is the degree the program confers?

The Program confers a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University.

What is the deadline for applying to the Program in Arts Administration?

The early decision deadline is January 15 and the final decisions deadline is April 15. Please refer to the Office of Admissions for further application information.

How many credits is the program and how long does it take to complete?

The Program is 60 credits and requires two years of full-time study to complete. Students begin the Program during the Fall semester. Additionally, students often choose to take elective classes or to complete their internship requirement during the Summer Session between their first and second year.

Is it possible to do the program on a part-time basis so I can work?

The program requires a full-time commitment.

Is there a specific GRE score required for admittance into the program?

The Graduate Record Exam scores are used diagnostically to help students through the program in areas where they may have a weakness. They are taken into account together with all other application materials and the interview. In certain circumstances scores from the GMAT may be substituted with the director's permission.

What kind of scholarship opportunities are available to students who are admitted to the program?

Scholarship money comes through the Program; there are also opportunities for paid internships, part-time jobs both in the program and in the field, and a series of loans through the Office of Financial Aid. Students are also encouraged to seek other funding sources such as individual grants and fellowships and awards. Since arts administration is a field new to some funders, it is often wise to position the discipline as falling between business administration and public policy.

What is the cost of tuition at Teachers College?

Tuition is $1,398 per credit/point for the 2014-2015 academic year. In addition, all students are required to pay a college fee of $418 per semester enrolled. Tuition for courses in the Graduate School of Business and other schools where students may take electives are set at different rates. For a more detailed breakdown of Tuition and Fees, please visit the Office of Student Accounts Website.