Graduate Certificate in Arts Management

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management prepares leaders to make a difference in the arts and culture sector of their communities.

UO graduate students may take elective courses in the PPPM Arts & Cultural Leadership field of interest or elect to complete the 24-credit Graduate Certificate in Arts Management.

Students may complete the PPPM Graduate Certificate in Arts Management either as a stand-alone certificate or concurrently with any other University of Oregon master’s or doctoral degree. The certificate is designed to be completed over two years. However, on a case-by-case basis, students may be able to complete the certificate in one academic year. The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management commonly forms the concentration/field of interest (electives) portion of a graduate degree, so if you are completing a master’s degree, for example, you will usually be able to complete both the master’s and the certificate without adding extra time to your graduate degree program.

Students interested in careers in arts management are encouraged, in particular, to complete this certificate along with the PPPM Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) degree program. The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management fulfills the field of interest portion of the PPPM MNM degree, the Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP) degree, or the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree.

Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management requires 24 credits of coursework on the UO campus. This graduate certificate is complementary to the PPPM Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management, so it is possible for students to choose to complete both certificates. Whereas the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management concentrates on the general nonprofit leadership functions of fundraising, financial management, and board governance, the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management provides a targeted curriculum in cultural administration, cultural policy, creative placemaking, the arts in society, and performing arts management. Students interested in Museum Studies are encouraged to also explore the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies.


Required Courses

Of the 24 total credits needed for the certificate, four specific 4-credit courses are required (course numbers may change):

  • PPPM 550 The Arts in Society
  • PPPM 571 Cultural Policy
  • PPPM 572 Creative Placemaking
  • PPPM 670 Cultural Administration

Elective Courses

The remaining eight (8) credits may be taken, with advisor approval, from an array of elective course offerings available within PPPM as well as within other academic units across campus.

Students without extensive professional experience will be strongly encouraged to complete a professional internship with an arts organization during their certificate program course of study. PPPM internship credit hours will be in addition to the 24 course credits required for completion of the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management.

Students who have not previously taken a fundraising course are strongly encouraged to enroll in PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations.

Students may select elective courses for the Certificate from this list:

  • PPPM 510 Museum Practice
  • PPPM 510 Event Management
  • PPPM 521 Cultural Programming
  • PPPM 510 Museum Education
  • PPPM 575 Performing Arts Management
  • PPPM 522 Grant Proposal Writing
  • PPPM 526 Strategic Planning
  • PPPM 525 Project Management
  • PPPM 565 Program Evaluation
  • PPPM 581 Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations
  • PPPM 583 Volunteer Resource Management
  • PPPM 623 Professional Development
  • PPPM 680 Managing Nonprofit Organizations
  • PPPM 684 Public and Nonprofit Financial Management
  • PPPM 687 Nonprofit Board Governance
  • ARH 510 Museology

With the program director’s approval, students may choose other elective courses with significant arts management content from course offerings in academic units such as Anthropology, Theatre, Folklore, History of Art and Architecture, or Music.


Admissions and Advising

The Graduate Certificate in Arts Management is designed to address the educational interests and needs of a wide array of UO graduate students:

  • Prospective and current students in the PPPM Master of Community and Regional Planning (MCRP), Master of Public Administration (MPA), or Master of Nonprofit Management (MNM) programs
  • Prospective and current UO master’s and doctoral students in affiliated academic fields such as Art History, Art, Anthropology, Music, Theatre, Dance, and Folklore
  • Early- and mid-career professionals who are seeking a one-year graduate program of study in Arts Management. Some students continue on to complete a full master’s degree (such as the MNM), and credits completed in this certificate can count toward that master’s degree.

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your academic and professional goals with you to help you determine whether the Graduate Certificate in Arts Management is right for you.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis in fall, winter, and spring terms. If admitted into the program, you will be expected to maintain a 3.00 grade point average.

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