Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership

At a Glance

Level | Graduate/Master's
Credits | Minimum of 30
Degree Requirements | Courses and Electives
Schedule | Evenings/Saturdays/Online/Daytime
Admission | October 1 (for spring), March 1 (for fall)

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The Arts and Cultural Leadership (ACL) program is designed for professionals seeking to advance their skills as leaders in arts and cultural fields, and to enhance their experiences as a collaborators and facilitators in wider creative communities. Required courses and flexible electives allow students to build a program around their strengths, interests, and goals.

A Personalized Approach

The Arts and Cultural Leadership ACL program combines foundational coursework with flexible electives. Students in the program complete 18 credits (8 courses) focused on the fundamentals of Arts and Cultural Leadership. In addition, students have the flexibility to pursue 12 credits of elective coursework leading to potential specializations, including:

  • Culture, Place, and Community Leadership
  • Museum Leadership
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Self-designed focus area

Students have the opportunity to grow their professional network through courses and events and to learn from University faculty and leading practitioners in the field. In addition, students participate in service learning and direct community engagement through the completion of a nonprofit board experience.

Learning Goals

By the end of the program, students will be knowledgeable in:

  • Critical and strategic thinking, and effective communication
  • The intersection, navigation, and impact of cultural and creative practices within local and global dynamics
  • Policy formation, implementation, and application relevant to culture, creativity, and the arts
  • Leadership practices in a variety of contexts
  • How to implement expertise, improve relationships, and optimize resources

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