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Indiana University Bloomington

Arts Administration

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the application deadline?

MAAA Applicants: The application deadline for the MAAA program is February 15. The program only accepts applications for the fall term.  Apply online here.

BSAM Applicants: Deadlines for application are May 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester. The application can be completed online.

What undergraduate majors are accepted for program admission?  Is prior experience required?

MAAA Applicants:  All undergraduate majors are accepted for admission review. Many MAAA candidates have undergraduate degrees in music performance, theatre, museum studies, visual arts, dance, and history. The only requirement is an interest in arts administration and passion for the arts.

No direct arts administration experience is required for admission into the program. Many MAAA candidates come from backgrounds in visual, performing, or literary arts with a passion for managing the arts and the drive to pursue a Masters Degree in Arts Administration. Other candidates have experience in the arts or arts management through jobs or internships and seek an MAAA to gain the knowledge to further their careers in arts management. All that is required is the desire pursue a higher degree in Arts Administration and the motivation and maturity to succeed in graduate school.

BSAM Applicants: SPEA requires students applying to its undergraduate programs to have completed 26 credit hours and a maximum of 75 credit hours. Students are required to complete the introductory course SPEA-A 163 and have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-). Students should apply for admission when they are enrolled in the preadmissions course SPEA-A 163.

The admissions process is competitive. Admission decisions are based on the student's GPAs (cumulative, admission course, and semester), application statement, and grade trends.

How much can I expect to pay in tuition?

MAAA Applicants: You can calcuate for your expected tuition and fees using this site. Please remember to choose "Public and Environmental Affairs - MA in Arts Administration" under the "Program" drop-down box.

BSAM Applicants: Tuition rates for the 2012-2013 academic year can be found here.

What is the instutition code for sending my ETS test scores? 

MAAA Applicants: IU Bloomington's ETS institution code is 1324. Please use this code to send your test scores to Indiana University.

I'm an international applicant, is there a minimum TOEFL score requirement?  Will you accept IELTS?

MAAA Applicants: All international applicants must meet the minimum TOEFL requirement of 95 for admission into the program.  Yes, IELTS scores are also accepted.  IELTS applicants have an average score of 6.5.

Who can I contact for more information about the BSAM and/or the Certificate in Arts Administration?

BSAM Applicants: For all inquiries regarding the Bachelor of Science in Arts Management (BSAM) and the Certificate in Arts Administration, please contact the School of Public and Environmental Affairs Undergraduate Programs Office at 812.855.0635 or send an email to