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M.A. in Arts & Cultural Management

Do you dream of working with major arts and culture organizations such as the Walker Art Center, Guthrie Theater, or Ordway Center for Performing Arts?

Perhaps you want to make a real difference by working at the Smithsonian Institution, Arts Midwest, or Minnesota Citizens for the Arts?

Since 1995, graduates of the Arts and Cultural Management program have been working in the arts world with these and other leading cultural organizations. It could be you.

Whether you are already on staff with an arts organization, or you would like to be, consider the nationally recognized Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

In the Arts and Cultural Management program, you'll learn from active arts managers, both in the classroom and in the field. The richness of the Twin Cities community provides a nearly unimaginable range of possibilities for your academic study and future career in the arts.

What does the Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management offer students?

  • Oldest master's program specific to arts and culture in the upper Midwest.
  • Faculty and classroom speakers work in the field, providing real world experience to complement coursework.
  • Courses include a long-term residency during which students gain experience and opportunities for professional development by working in the field.
  • Alumni work in nonprofit organizations throughout the Twin Cities.
  • Geared towards working adults, the program consists of evening/weekend classes and allows students to progress at their own pace.
  • Classes cover the full spectrum of issues that confront anyone working in the nonprofit field, from fund development to nonprofit law.
  • The Twin Cities arts community is incredibly rich and offers a range of arts experiences unmatched by a comparably sized urban area.

What outcomes are students in the Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management program expected to achieve?

  • Research and articulate the key issues, environmental situations, and trends.
  • Apply ethical, innovative, and effectual practices.
  • Communicate information respectfully and effectively.
  • Develop intercultural competence in interpersonal and leadership situations.
  • Create and implement resource development and financial management strategies.
  • Manage and assess organizational operations and planning.
  • Outline and analyze community relations, outreach, and marketing activities.
  • Evaluate cultural policy and legal environments for socially responsible cultural management.
  • Continue life-long learning to facilitate personal growth and organizational change.

The Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management at Saint Mary's University – Your ticket to a leadership career in the arts.

Degree Requirements


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