Bachelor of Arts in Arts Management

Students may declare the Arts Management major as long as they have a 2.00 GPA and have completed their pre-requisite coursework. Process for being admitted to the major is undergoing reviews, this will be updated at a later date.

To make an appointment with Arts Advisor Ryan Heitkamp, call, email or make an appointment in person at:

College of the Arts & Sciences Advising and Academic Services Office
100 Denney Hall
Phone: 614-292-6961
Fax: 614-247-8877

Master of Art in Arts Policy & Administration Degree

The application window for autumn 2024 admission opens August 1, 2023. Applications must be received by November 30, 2023 to be considered for autumn 2024 admission.

Incomplete applications will not be considered; it is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all application materials have been received before the deadline.

If you want to be considered for a Graduate Teaching Associateship (GTA) or to be nominated to the University Fellowship Competition, your application must be complete (ALL application materials received including letters of reference) by November 30. Since you are relying on your recommenders to submit their letters of recommendation by the deadline, you should submit your application well in advance and inform your recommenders of the deadline date. Submitting an application within days of the deadline does not allow enough time for your recommenders to submit their letters. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded for review. Departmental funding decisions are typically made after the University Fellowship Competition in late February/early March. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Prerequisites for coursework in Arts Policy & Administration

  1. An undergraduate course in American government. At Ohio State, Political Science 1100 or 3100 would satisfy this prerequisite
  2. An undergraduate course in microeconomics. At Ohio State, Economics 2001.01 would satisfy this prerequisite

Students who are accepted into the APA program and have not completed such coursework prior to enrolling for graduate classes will be accepted conditionally into the program.

  • $60 domestic
  • $70 international

Upload one transcript from all previously attended institutions with your application. Scan all pages of the transcript including the back. The admissions office will not accept advising reports or web printouts. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required. Uploaded transcripts are preferred, but if you are unable to upload, you may send the hard copy to:

Graduate and Professional Admissions
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004

Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application. If accepted, applicants will then be required to submit official transcripts. Transcripts are considered official if sent directly from the college or university directly to Graduate and Professional Admissions.

The GRE is optional for Arts Policy and Administration applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

  • Official Graduate Records Examination (GRE) Scores for Applicants Whose Cumulative Undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0.
    Scores are considered official if they are sent to Ohio State directly from the testing service. Use school code: #1592. Applicants applying to the MA in Arts Policy and Administration program are required to take the GRE if their cumulative undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0.

    The Graduate Studies Committee encourages applicants to prepare well before taking the GRE. The GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE. The suggested minimum scores for admission are:
    Applicants who score below the suggested scores may be required to complete an applicant interview.
    • Verbal: 156
    • Quantitative: 148
    • Writing: 4.0
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores (international students only)
    The TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores requirement applies to all international applicants (see exemptions below). Use school code #1592. Minimum score requirements for admission:
    • TOEFL iBT - 100
    • IELTS - 7.0
    • Duolingo - 105 or higher
    • ExemptionsApplicants who are citizens of, or who have received a bachelor’s degree or higher from, one of the following countries are exempt from the English proficiency requirement: Australia, Belize, the British Caribbean and British West Indies, Canada (except Quebec), England, Guyana, Ireland, Liberia, New Zealand, Scotland, the United States and Wales.

The following materials should be uploaded with the application:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with your academic program, scholastic ability, or professional performance. These letters are extremely important and you are advised to select recommenders who are familiar with your best work as it relates to your scholarly and professional goals. It is strongly advised that you inform your recommenders of the application deadline date and submit your application well in advance of the deadline.
  • Resume: A resume of your educational background and professional experience.
  • Statement of Intent (no more than three typed pages): The statement of intent should include:
    • Your professional goals and relationship of academic and professional experience to those goals.
    • Academic and professional preparation not evident from other credentials submitted.
    • An indication of why you have chosen to pursue a career in art education, arts policy, arts administration, and subfields as well as why you are applying to The Ohio State University.
    • Anticipated use of graduate study in pursuit of the stated goals.
  • Writing Sample: Please use the rubric below as a guide for your application’s writing sample.* If you are submitting a paper that was previously written (i.e. a past class paper, a published article), please make sure (or edit your paper in a way) that it meets the rubric’s standards under “Capstone.”


    *If you are writing a completely new writing sample for your application, please choose ONE article below. Construct an essay around the article, making sure that it meets the rubric’s standards under “Capstone.” Please do not exceed 10 pages, double spaced, 12 point font.

    Grodach, C. (2017) Urban cultural policy and creative city making. Cities, 68, 82-91.

If you are unable to upload any of these documents, a hard copy or scanned version may be sent directly to:

Academic Program Coordinator
The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy

231 Sullivant Hall
1813 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210

If you wish to be considered for a GTA position, this application must be submitted to the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy by November 30th.

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After submitting your application, you will receive an email the next day from the admissions office instructing you how to check the status of your application online. This email is very important, so if you do not receive it, check your junk mail folder first and then contact the Graduate and Professional Admissions at

DO NOT assume that your application is complete until you have confirmed it by checking the status. The department and the university are NOT responsible for alerting you if something is missing.