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Graduate Certificate in Arts Entrepreneurship and Leadership

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

 

Prerequisites for Admission

Interested students should meet with an EXCEL advisor to map a course of study and confirm their interest prior to submitting an application. Applications are considered for either Fall or Winter semester, and admission is granted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility:

  1. Current U-M graduate students in good standing enrolled in the SMTD or any other U-M school or college are eligible to apply. Students who wish to pursue the certificate are encouraged to discuss it with their degree program advisor and apply as early in their program as possible.
  2. Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in any field but are not enrolled at U-M are eligible to apply.

 

Application Requirements

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

    Complete both Part 1 and Part 2 to be considered.

    • Part 1: complete the SMTD Artistic Profile application
      • Within the Artistic Profile, upload these required materials:
        • transcript from your degree-granting undergraduate institution (unofficial OK)
        • resumé
        • 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
    • Part 2: 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 administered by the Rackham School of Graduate Studies, (e.g. Master of Music student) complete the online Rackham Graduate Program Application.
    • Application deadline: October 15 for Winter term admission; March 15 for Fall term admission.
    • Review & decision: Admissions and departmental faculty complete a holistic review. In-person interviews will be scheduled for candidates of interest.
  • No

    • Prerequisite: a complete bachelor's degree in any field

    Complete both Part 1 and Part 2 to be considered.

      • Within the Artistic Profile, upload these required materials:
        • transcript from your degree-granting undergraduate institution (unofficial OK)
        • resumé
        • 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
        • an English language proficiency score for those whose native language is not English
    • Part 2: complete the online Rackham Graduate Program Application
    • Application deadline: October 15 for Winter term admission; March 15 for Fall term admission.
    • Review & decision: Admissions and departmental faculty complete a holistic review. Video interviews will be scheduled for candidates of interest.

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