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For those interested in leading and managing creative enterprises in the arts, entertainment, communication, and culture—you'll explore the changing role of cultural leaders and institutions, as well as the new media and methods that transform the way we design and manage cultural experience and engagement.
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Graduate, MPS
Start Term
Fall Only
Plan of Study


The ACM program is one of the Creative Enterprise Leadership international graduate programs. It is designed for those who intend to design and manage cultural experience and engagement. It is a two-year, cohort-based program. Participants are required to take 42 credits to complete the program and receive a master of professional studies (MPS) in Arts and Cultural Management. The program has five required semesters—fall, spring, summer, fall, spring. Each semester is divided into two terms and participants enroll in two courses per term, with the exception of semesters three and five. Courses are taken in order as listed in the program curriculum. Two five-day intensives—at the beginning and in the middle of the program—provide the opportunity for several brief, intensive courses, including behavioral simulation and negotiating modules. All course work is done in teams.
Coursework is focused on real world strategic challenges for all enterprise activity including the inequity and climate challenges identified in the Global Goals. Particular focus is on the role of cultural leaders on shaping enterprise strategies which connect the aims of culture, community and commerce and create economic value by advancing the well being of human communities and biosystems.
Class attendance in every session is critical, since each alternating weekend of classes is one-tenth of the entire course. Students are required to complete the 42-credits of the program in sequence to graduate.
Follow our thinking and our graduates at, and see our study abroad in Ireland, Japan and Spain.
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  • Apply theory to practice to develop and sustain thriving cultures and create prosperity.
  • Demonstrate the power of collaborative practice to foster creative expression, build creative community and shape a commerce of ideas, artifacts, images, and experiences.
  • Evidence the value of cultural leadership and the importance of cultural capital in shaping the 21st century.