Degree Requirements and Courses

To earn a Master of Professional Studies degree in Arts and Cultural Leadership, you must complete a minimum of 30 credits. 

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

Completing the Degree

To remain in good standing, a 3.0 cumulative GPA for all degree course work must be maintained. You may take one or more courses per term, and you have up to five years to complete this master's degree.

Required Courses (18 credits)

Course Title Course Number Credits
Introduction to Critical and Cultural Inquiry ACL 8001 2
Trends and Impacts in Arts and Cultural Leadership and Management ACL 5201 3
Creative Entrepreneurship and Resource Development ACL 5221 3
Ethics, Law, and Leadership ACL 5231 3
Leadership Skills and Practice ACL 8201 2
Service Leadership and Board Practicum ACL 8202 2
Capstone Research and Proposal ACL 8002 1
Capstone Paper ACL 8003 2

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Elective Courses (12 credits)

Working with an adviser, you'll select courses from academic departments across the University of Minnesota, forming a specialization in an area of interest. Courses must be taken at the graduate level and should relate to the professional tasks required of arts and cultural leaders or enhance your understanding of arts and culture within a broader cultural context. Studio or applied courses, such as courses in painting or piano, may not be included.

Electives may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Course Title Course Number Credits
Financial Management for Arts Nonprofits ACL 5241 2
Art and Public Policy ACL 5251 2
Special Topics ACL 5950  1-4
Workshop in Art ARTS 5490 3
Design and Globalization DES 5165 3
Grand Challenge: Global Venture Design—What Impact Will You Make? GCC 5005 3
Seminar: Social and Cultural Geography GEOG 8106 3
Strategic Communication Campaigns JOUR 4263 3
Strategic Communication Theory JOUR 5251 3
Introduction to Landscape Architectural History  LA 5413 3
Museum History and Philosophy MST 5011 3
Museum Practices MST 5012 3
Topics in Music MUS 5950 1-4
Leading Organizational Change: Theory and Practice OLPD 5011 3
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership OLPD 5048 3
Special Topics: Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development OLPD 5080 1-3
Management of Organizations PA 5011 3
Management and Governance of Nonprofit Organizations PA 5101 3
Organization Performance and Change PA 5102 3
Leadership and Change in an Innovation Society PA 5103 3
Strategic Human Resource Management PA 5104 3
Financing Public and Nonprofit Organizations PA 5111 3
Topics in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management PA 5190 1-3
Urban Spatial and Social Dynamics PA 5204 3
Land Use Planning PA 5211 3
Strategic Planning and Management PA 5251 3
Designing Planning and Participation Processes PA 5253 3
Neighborhood Revitalization Strategies and Theories PA 8203 4

To view course descriptions, visit the University Catalog.
To view course details (date, time, instructor, etc.), vist the Class Search.