Arts and Cultural Management

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The Arts and Cultural Management (ACM) graduate program was designed to provide a two-year, executive education for those interested in leading and managing creative enterprise focused in the arts, entertainment, communication, and culture.

Typically those interested in arts and culture are not educated in the theory or provided with the tools, language, or experience for effective administrative leadership. The ACM program is designed to provide participants with these crucial assets in a collaborative and applied learning environment. Participants are expected to explore the changing role of the cultural leader and the cultural institution and to develop competency in the new media and methods that are continually transforming the way we communicate.

Based on experiential learning, the program objective is to create a team-based and collaborative learning community that sharpens critical thinking, deepens reflective practice, and develops strategic leadership skills. Participants develop skills across many sectors including strategy formulation and implementation, finance, marketing and law, innovative decision making, operations planning, cultural programming, human resource management, and a strong ability to negotiate.

The M.P.S. Arts and Cultural Management program provides participants with the opportunity to:

  • Join a creative learning community of professionals with diverse expertise
  • Develop a strategic skill set that bridges public, profit, and nonprofit sectors
  • Explore the role of art, culture, and meaning-making in shaping equity, economy, and ecology of place
  • Create and expand professional networks worldwide
  • Examine trends and global challenges
  • Use technology to advance dialogue and engagement
  • Refine communication, collaboration, and conflict-management skills
  • Lead the development of thriving cultures

The program leads to an accredited Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) in Arts and Cultural Management

Please see Information on Admissions for more about the Arts and Cultural Management program.

The Arts and Cultural Management program prepares participants for today's rapidly shifting cultural, economic, and sociopolitical environment. The program is designed for those interested in strategically using the creative arts to develop thriving cultures by bridging the "three C's": culture, community, and commerce.

Program Structure

The Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management curriculum is designed to develop 21st century leaders. Since its launch in 1995, the Arts and Cultural Management program has been a two-year program that enables participants to explore the challenges involved in creating and sustaining thriving cultures. Participants are required to take 42 credits in order to complete the program and receive a Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management.

The program is completed as a cohort and participants are required to take all courses in sequence and to work collaboratively in teams. The Arts and Cultural Management program does not provide course waivers or accept transfer credits.

Contact the ACM Office or schedule an informational interview at

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