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M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota boasts a nationally recognized Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management program that provides the foundation that professionals need to lead thriving arts and cultural organizations of all sizes. 

Graduates of Saint Mary’s have gone on to have successful careers coast-to-coast as executive directors, development officers, program directors, leaders in public relations, and more.

Program Outcomes

Students who attend Saint Mary’s benefit from the vibrant Twin Cities arts and culture scene and receive the support of the university’s extensive alumni network to secure residencies and careers. Key elements of the Saint Mary’s M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management program include instruction from industry professionals and a long-term residency, during which students gain experience by working in the field.

Students will come away with:

  • Communications strategies to promote effective management and outreach
  • Ethical leadership to ensure sound operational management, resource development, and financial management
  • Strategic planning tools to support organizational innovation and growth

Words From an Alum

“With its integrated curriculum of classroom and field work, this program provided me with a complete set of skills for taking on challenges faced by today’s arts manager.”

—Justin Christy, Education Program Manager, The Bush Foundation

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management degree in a little over two years.
  • Cohorts begin each spring, summer, and fall.

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Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel), and
  2. An official transcript issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program prerequisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution. Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated by a university accepted evaluation source, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, or One Earth International Credential Evaluators and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards).
  3. A reflective essay which includes the following:
    • brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience; and
    • statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program; and
    • description of the areas the applicant considers to be his or her strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities; and
    • personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Two letters of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability; and
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.
  6. Applicants with international transcripts may require an English language proficiency exam (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or MELAB accepted.)

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN  55404


This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

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James Callinan, M.A.

Director of Admission, SGPP

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH120

Campus Box: # 28

(612) 728-5158

James Callinan M.A.
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