Admission to the MA in Arts Policy & Administration

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

 We regard diversity of culture as educationally desirable in our programs. The relation between art and culture is one of the themes of our graduate programs. Therefore, we seek to admit qualified students from North American minority backgrounds and from countries around the world. It should be noted, however, that a high degree of proficiency in written and spoken English is essential to success in the program.

Priority admission deadline for funding consideration is November 30. 

If you want to be considered for nomination to the University Fellowship Competition, your application must be complete (ALL application materials received including letters of reference and test scores) 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. 

Departmental funding decisions are typically made after the University Fellowship Competition in late February/early March. 

Funding Opportunities | Program Application Deadlines

Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

Prerequisites for Coursework in Arts Policy and Administration:

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

Submit the following materials directly to Graduate Admissions:

Completed Application

Submit Online

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 Admissions Office 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.

Application Fee

  • $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 Admissions Office
P.O. Box 182004
Columbus OH 43218-2004

Official GRE Scores

School Code #1592

The Graduate Studies Committee encourages applicants to prepare well before taking the GRE. The GMAT cannot be substituted for the GRE. Minimum scores for admission are:

  • Verbal - 156
  • Quantitative - 148
  • Writing - 4.0

Please note, the GRE is required regardless of GPA.

Official TOEFL Scores

School Code #1592

The TOEFL scores requirement applies to all applicants from a country where the first language is not English, unless a degree was earned in an English-speaking country. A minimum score of 100 on the iBT is required for admission. 

The following materials should be uploaded with the application:

If you are unable to upload, the hard copy can be sent directly to:

Graduate Studies Committee Chair
The Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy
1813 N. High St.
231 Sullivant Hall
Columbus, OH 43210

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 (see below).


A resume your educational background and professional experience.

Statement of Intent

No more than 3 typed pages of the following:

  • 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

Approximately 6-20 pages in length; for example, publications, manuscripts, conference papers, papers from advanced courses, or you may submit an essay on a policy issue related to the arts or to arts education of approximately six pages in length. All writing samples must be in English. Do not send more than 20 pages.

Application for the Barnett Fellowship

Submit this application [pdf] only if you wish to be considered.

Application for a Graduate Teaching Associateship

Submit this application only if you wish to be considered for a GTA position.

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