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Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Arts Administration

Lead with impact in the arts and culture field. This online doctoral program focuses on mastering research methodologies to lead arts organizations and future generations of arts administrators through higher education.

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At a Glance

Fall 2024

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Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 43
Cost Per Credit: $737.00


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Doctorate in Arts Administration overview

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What You'll Learn


Designed for the working professional who wants to gain expertise for a research-intensive career, this rigorous, online program can be completed in as little as four years. 

As a student in this program you will:

  • Apply theoretical concepts and frameworks to arts administration problems.
  • Solve problems through quantitative and qualitative research and conceptual analysis.
  • Develop a conceptual framework based on theories that will prepare you to advance knowledge in the field.
  • Conduct original research on issues in arts administration.
  • Transcend traditional modes and mechanisms in order to innovatively collaborate with peer colleagues, industry professionals, and faculty.

Course Examples

  • AAD 629 Organization Theories in Arts Administration
  • AAD 655 Cultural Policy
  • AAD 665 Creative Cities, Creative Placemaking, & Community Vibrancy
  • AAD 720 Sustaining Leadership in the Arts
  • AAD 790 Arts & Culture Research Studies
  • AAD 767 Dissertation Residency Credit (2 credits)
  • AAD 790 Arts & Culture Research Studies
  • EPE/EDP 557 Gathering, Using and Analyzing Educational Data
  • EPE 619 Survey Research
  • EPE/EDP 620 Introduction to Evaluation
  • EPE 663 Field Studies in Educational Settings
  • EPE 797 Historical Research on Education
  • AAD 795 Arts Administration Research Planning and Proposal Writing

How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  • Resume
  • Statement of purpose: Your desire to pursue a PhD in Arts Administration at UK as well as preliminary research interests and career goals.
  • Writing Sample: One or more academic or professional writing samples, at least 20 pages in length not to exceed 50 pages.
  • Three letters of recommendation (emails addresses only).
  • If requested, participation in a video interview.

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

Students must have an earned graduate degree in arts administration or a related discipline (or have completed foundational coursework)


Program Contact

Rachel Shane
Department Chair


Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
Start Date:

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online


No test scores required.

One tuition rate

Pay the same online tuition rate, no matter where you live.

UK degree

Degrees are conferred by the University of Kentucky, an accredited university.

Flexible schedule

Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.

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