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Graduate Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Prerequisites for Admission

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship and Leadership is granted on a rolling basis and students who have a bachelor's degree may apply at any time. However, students who wish to pursue the certificate are encouraged to apply as early in their programs as possible. Applicants would typically already be enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance or may be from other U-M schools. Current U-M students must be in good standing with their program and have consent of their graduate advisor as well as consent of the graduate advisor of the EXCEL program to apply. Interested students should meet with an EXCEL advisor to map their course of study prior to submitting their application.

Curriculum

The Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship & Leadership consists of graduate course work totaling 12 credit hours, a portion of which may be doubled-counted with coursework undertaken in the student's primary field of study, in accordance with Rackham or SMTD guidelines.

  • At least one 3-credit EXCEL Graduate Gateway Course.
  • Other EXCEL graduate courses (at least 3 credits) contributing to the student's critical understanding of arts entrepreneurship and leadership.
  • Any graduate courses (at least 3 credits) in any school of department, contributing to the students' critical understanding of business, entrepreneurship, management, strategy, marketing, social service, or leadership.
  • A Capstone Project (2-3 credit) developed with a supervising faculty member.

Graduate Certificate Audit Form

Application Process & Policies

Are you currently enrolled in a U-M graduate degree program?

  • Yes

    • Prerequisite: current U-M student in good standing with demonstrated interest in this field. Applicants apply directly to the certificate program via the SMTD Artistic Profile application.
    • Required materials:
      • transcript from your degree-granting undergraduate institution
      • resume
      • personal written statement describing experience in the field
      • video response describing your ideas and goals for your career
      • one recommendation letter from a professional familiar with your interests in this field.
    • If your degree program is in Rackham, complete the Rackham Graduate School's online Add a Degree or Certificate Program. If your degree program is NOT part of the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, you do not need to do this.
    • Application deadline: October 15 for Winter term admission; March 1 for Fall term admission.
    • Review & decision: Admissions and departmental faculty complete a holistic review. In-person interview will be scheduled for candidates of interest. Decisions rendered and communicated by Admissions on the basis of review consensus
  • No

    • Prerequisite: a complete bachelor's degree in any field. Applicants apply directly to the certificate program via the graduate SMTD application and the SMTD Artistic Profile application.
    • Required materials:
      • transcripts from all previous institutions
      • resume
      • personal written statement describing experience in the field
      • video response describing your ideas and goals for your career
      • one recommendation letter from a professional familiar with your interests in this field.
      • for those whose native language is not English, an English language proficiency score
    • Application deadline: October 15 for Winter term admission; January 1 for Fall term admission.
    • Review & decision: Admissions and departmental faculty complete a holistic review. Video interviews will be scheduled for candidates of interest. Decisions rendered and communicated by Admissions on the basis of review consensus.

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