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  • Online Graduate Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership

    The Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership is designed to equip cultural leaders with the necessary skills to manage and advocate for changes within the cultural industry and society. Students will have the opportunity to learn the history and theory behind Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA), Decolonization, Anti-Racist Practices, Climate Justice, Activism, Advocacy, and Community Responsiveness and the best practices on tackling these societal challenges.

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership Program Features

    The program consists of four elective courses from the MS in Arts Administration and Museum Leadership program. The courses will empower students to be cultural leaders in areas of activism, social justice, sustainability, equity, and inclusion.

    • The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership is offered by one of the oldest arts administration programs in the country.
    • Flexible learning experience with online asynchronous classes. This part-time program takes one year to complete.
    • Classes were created and are taught by top leaders in the fields of DEIA, Decolonization, Anti-Racist Practices, Climate Justice, Activism, Advocacy, and Community Responsiveness work in the United States.

    What Can I Do with a Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership?

    Drexel’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership is intended for current arts administration and museum leadership students, alumni and cultural professionals within the fields of performing arts, museums, galleries, cultural and community organizations, public parks, aquariums, zoos and organizations seeking to advance their expertise in DEIA, Decolonization, Anti-Racist Practices, Climate Justice, Activism, Advocacy, and Community Responsiveness.

    Potential roles include Director of DEI, DEI Officer, Director of Culture, Diversity Consultant, Diversity Trainer, and Diversity Recruiter. As society continues to make DEIA a top priority, there’s a need for professionals who understand the modern landscape and can ensure that their organization thrives.

    Why Choose Drexel for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Responsible Cultural Leadership

    • Flexible Scheduling
      Students may begin to study in the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer quarters. Through four online elective courses students can complete the program in 12 months.

    • Network with Industry Leaders
      Learn from key industry leaders on the rapid changes in the field and their impact on society. Using their research, you will gain the knowledge to build a culture of problem solving and engage with diverse communities to create responsible and sustainable solutions.

    • Learn Best Practices
      Courses designed to help students learn best practices in addressing inequities and shifts in society by providing cutting-edge cultural training.

    The Responsible Cultural Leadership Certificate Program FAQs

    How will this program help my career?
    This certificate sets you apart from other cultural leaders by equipping you with knowledge and skills to address modern-day societal problems. You will become a competent leader in DEIA, sustainability/environmentalism, political activism/advocacy, and community connections.

    How long does this program take to complete?
    This program takes one year to complete.

    As an AMML student, does the certificate require additional courses?
    For current AAML students the certificate requires one additional course beyond the degree requirement. The degree currently allows for three electives, and at present the four certificate courses are all electives. In summary, completing the certificate is an additional three-credit cost to AAML students unless one of the certificate courses is substituted for a required course.

    I’m an alum of the AAML program, is this for me?
    Yes. This certificate will enhance your AAML master’s degree and provide you with up-to-date skills.

    I’m not in the arts field but I want to learn about DEIA Decolonization, Anti-Racist Practices, Climate Justice, Activism, Advocacy, and Community Responsiveness practices, can I enroll in this program?
    Yes. You can enter this program if you hold a bachelor’s degree.

    Do I need to take the GRE?
    No GRE is required for this program.

    Related Programs

    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses
    AADM 690 Equitable Cultural Practices 3.0
    AADM 757 Political Activism in the Arts 3.0
    MUSL 620 Sustainable Cultural Practices 3.0
    MUSL 690 Culturally Responsive Museums 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
      • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate degree GPA's will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Two professional letters of recommendation
    • Essay (minimum 500 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • What led you to pursue this certificate program
      • How the program will meet your current and future professional development goals
    • Resume demonstrating a strong affinity for the arts, cultural and creative sector through work, volunteer experiences, education, or special training
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1190 per credit.

    For the academic year 2024-2025, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


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    2023-2024 Academic Year


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