Arts Management Certificate Program


UMass Amherst's Arts Management program has evolved over 25 years of nationwide instruction to meet the learning needs of community arts leaders.

Designed for busy individuals who want to advance their nonprofit management skills through professional development rather than a degree program. Arts Extension Service, a nationwide leader of continuing professional education for arts managers, offers an eight-part series of distance learning courses via the Internet. These online courses teach problem-solving techniques, management skills, and principles for the workplace. The courses feature written lectures and job-related field assignments.

Course topics include planning, board development, fundraising, marketing, and arts programming. Additional topics include program evaluation, arts education and financial management. Each class is taught by an AES certified instructor who monitors discussions, provides feedback on assignments, and helps students understand principles and solve problems. Students communicate with each other and faculty through e-mail, threaded discussions, and posted assignments.

Program Highlights:

  • Arts Extension Service (AES) is a national arts service organization founded in 1973
  • AES is the nation's leading provider of professional education for community arts leaders
  • Tradition of Leadership in Community Arts

Learn more about this program:

To receive more information and connect with the program manager, please click on inquire now to the right.

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The University of Massachusetts Amherst is presently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Oregon.


Registration is administered through UMass Amherst Continuing & Professional Education. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee per course $675
Registration Fee per semester $6
Late Reg. Fee per semester* $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30
Total for course $681 ($675 per course + $6 registration fee per semester)

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).


Earn a Certificate in Arts Management by successfully completing four online courses. Success is defined as completing all assignments well and participating meaningfully in class discussions. Complete all eight classes for a Professional Track Certificate. All courses require students to identify a nonprofit organization as a case study to which they will apply course principals and assignments. Most students choose the organization for which they work or volunteer so the course can immediately pay off with improved management and programs.


For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact AES at, College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Arts Extension Service, 221-227 Middlesex House, 111 County Circle, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA  01003

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with your program manager or advisor to determine your eligibility. Generally, if you are matriculated in a degree program and are enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits each semester, you may qualify for financial aid. Please review our Financial Aid Checklist below.

  1. Fill out the FAFSA form at
  2. It is important to list the University of Massachusetts Amherst school code number 002221.


  • Please renew your FAFSA form every year.
  • When you register for classes, please contact the Continuing Education Business Office (413-545-0337) to let them know you that you have applied/are applying for financial aid. Also, it is in your best interest to register for your classes either by phone or fax (413-545-3653 ph; 413-545-0513 fax). If you do not intend to apply for financial aid, you can register online.
  • "As an alumnus of the program, I have a great appreciation for the training that you provided! I know that I wouldn't be where I am today without my degree from the Arts Extension Service and UMass Amherst. Sincerely, thank you!"
    - Erick R. Lopez | Bachelor's Degree in Arts Administration Manager of Programs | Boston Children's Chorus
  • "I've received a Global Connections On the Road Grant from Theatre Communications Group. The award is intended to support new artistic collaborations in Bulgaria, hosted by the Red House Center for Culture and Debate in Sofia. Thanks again for my training with AES!"
    - Anna Vigeland | Core Certificate| Choreographer, Director, Performer, Educator
  • "The Arts Extension Service courses, combined with practical experience, have provided a solid foundation for my career in Arts Administration. I was able to learn more about fundraising and finance, two areas where I had the least experience. And the creative economy course was absolutely amazing (and challenging!). I loved the flexibility and I was pleasantly surprised how well I got to know my classmates. I enjoyed the interaction with everyone and feedback from the instructors."
    - Tina D'Agostino | Core Certificate | President | Springfield Performing Arts Development Corp., City Stage Symphony Hall

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