University of Denver

Arts and Culture Program

2211 S. Josephine St.
Denver, Colorado 80216
United States



Mr. Christopher Heriza

Program Goals and Objectives

The Arts and Culture master’s degree and graduate certificate programs at the University of Denver are offered online or on campus in the evenings, or in a combination of both, to meet the needs of busy adults. Whether you pursue creative writing or need instruction on developing arts management skills, this master’s degree offers busy adults who are current and aspiring arts professionals the strategic and entrepreneurial knowledge they need to explore a successful arts and culture career. The program focuses on the development, creation, and promotion of arts and culture in our society, with concentration focus on arts management, creative writing, or literature. Students learn the essential strategic skills to become a convincing advocate for, practitioner of, or leader in the field of arts and culture. Degree-seeking students also learn an historical context for the arts and address the current state of arts and culture in our society, as well as trends within the arts.

Degree and certificate students are led by experts with practical experience in the field of arts and culture, whether in arts management, design, literature, or creative writing. Students may customize their master’s degree or graduate certificate to meet their specific arts and culture career needs, as a cultural degree presents a wide range of options to explore. Graduate certificate and master’s degree seekers will appreciate a hands-on approach in project-oriented courses that provide students with a better understanding of the cultural degree they seek.

The Arts Development and Program Management master’s degree concentration is designed and developed for professionals in the arts and culture field; it focuses on the leadership knowledge needed to thrive. As students learn to become thought−leaders within the arts and culture industry, they are exposed to effective management skills, solution−oriented techniques applicable to arts organizations, and concepts for funding, marketing, and event planning.

Whether you want to run an art gallery, manage an arts−oriented organization, or raise money through an event, graduates of the program will go on to manage entrepreneurial, commercial, and non−profit arts ventures using industry best practices. The arts management concentration teaches students to plan, sustain, and develop strategic marketing and funding methodologies for arts organizations, both non−profit and for profit. Expert instructors who work in the fields they teach will provide industry insight and help students achieve the practical knowledge needed to work as effective arts managers. Customize your Arts and Culture master’s degree through the innovative Professional Options Curriculum using our convenient online degree builder tool, which allows you to select courses that cater to your specific career needs.


This program prepares students to:

  • Describe and discuss arts and culture within the context of today’s society, economy, and not-for-profit trends
  • Address and strategize issues of organizational development, inclusiveness, and leadership
  • Plan for programs and events utilizing theoretical guiding principles based on case studies
  • Develop plans for audience development in changing cultural and economic contexts


The University College Degree Builder tool allows you to explore the different academic options available to you while designing a degree or certificate that will best fit with your unique professional and personal goals.

Once you have completed this step-by-step process, you can save a sample degree plan to discuss with one of our experienced advisors. Select a master’s degree or certificate program to begin building a plan.



A regionally accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission. Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) in their undergraduate work from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution for full admission. The GMAT and GRE are NOT required. Applicants whom University College believes may successfully engage in graduate work, but who have not met the previously stated requirements, may be admitted to a degree program on a provisional basis.


Master’s degree applications consist of seven components as outlined on the website. Personal statements/essays, résumés, and supplemental materials should be uploaded and submitted at the same time as the online application to ensure efficient processing. Master’s degree applications are reviewed for admission on a quarterly basis. Applicants will be notified of a decision via email and standard mail the week following the review. If you plan to be accepted to the following quarter or apply for financial aid, the application deadlines below must be met.

Admission Application Deadlines

Admission Application Deadlines for International Applicants


University College Building
2211 South Josephine Street
Denver, CO 80208

Admission: 303-871-6077, 800-347-2042, or
International Admission: 303-871-6148, 800-347-2042, or

Advising: 303-871-2291 or 800-347-2042
Student Services: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042 (option 1), or