Northwestern University

MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises

2240 Campus Drive
School of Communication, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois 60208
United States



Dr. Jennifer Novak-Leonard

Program Goals and Objectives

Bring business acumen, critical thinking and innovation to reimagine creative enterprise.

Our one-year cohort program fosters direct engagement with thought leaders shaping today's creative sectors in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and other major cultural hubs. The MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises (MSLCE) prioritizes innovative and connective professional development, providing entrepreneurial thinkers with the tools to understand and shape their future in the creative industries. Bring new ideas to your field, solve problems and lead productive teams.

Key features of the MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises include:

  • curriculum focused on areas such as marketing, finance, entrepreneurship, leadership, and law specifically designed for the creative sector
  • An annual trek to a media capital + monthly site visits and professional speakers
  • summer internship, bridging the program curriculum to a real-world setting
  • Rolling admissions and matriculation – Start the program in the fall or winter quarter
  • Earn your master’s degree in one year


The curriculum is designed to help you acquire the knowledge and skills needed to lead creative people, projects, and teams. Core courses teach you the principles that are essential for creative projects. Elective courses allow you to more fully understand the demands, opportunities, and challenges of leadership that arise within and across particular creative genres and to focus on additional skills that you deem important for your career. Full-time students are registered for three to four credits of courses each quarter, which are a mix of the core and elective courses listed below and the professional development course. During the summer, students are enrolled in an online, three-credit internship course. Where an internship may not be feasible for a student, a thesis option is available.

Core Courses: Understanding the Creative Industries, Organizational Processes in Creative Enterprises, Introduction to Creative Enterprise (Finance), and Marketing Strategies in Creative Industries.

Elective Courses: Arts and Entertainment Law & Ethics; Culture and Arts Analytics; Pitching Creative Projects; Business Models in Creative Enterprises; Understanding Media Markets; Digital TV; Leading Creative Teams; Entrepreneurship in the Arts; Culture and Globalization; Cultural Nonprofits; Arts, Public Purpose and Policy


Applications are accepted for fall or winter quarter starts. International applicants are only eligible for fall quarter starts.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, visit our website for the most up-to-date deadline information.

GRE/GMAT is not required, TOEFL required for international students.

See our application instructions for full application information.