St. Mary's University of Minnesota
Arts and Cultural Management
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404-4403
Main Phone: 612/728-5100
Main E-Mail: email@example.com
Degree/Credential: Graduate (MA in Arts and Cultural Management)
Web Site: http://www.smumn.edu
Program Director: PJustich [link available to AAAE members only]
Program Goals and ObjectivesThe Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management program focuses on the nonprofit cultural sector and the diverse interrelationships within the communities in which cultural organizations operate. Emphasis is placed on applied leadership and interpersonal skills, as well as management capabilities. Through a blend of course work and practical application the program focuses on nonprofit issues such as board governance, financial and organizational management, fund development, and marketing while also exploring community-building, cultural advocacy, and arts education. Completion of the program prepares students to advance into program and leadership positions within a broad array of cultural organizations.
The Arts and Cultural Management program is designed to help students meet three objectives: (1) Identify and articulate the key issues, environmental situations, and future trends facing the arts and culture industry; (2) Integrate skills and knowledge about organizing and leading cultural programs into practical management field experience; and (3) Develop a professional network of resources in the larger cultural community.
Administration of the ProgramHoused in the School of Business and Technology, Arts and Cultural Management classes are held on the Twin Cities Campus of Saint Mary's University, which serves as the main graduate campus. The program director is Paula Justich, who has led the program since 2006. The program’s faculty is drawn from the pool of professional arts managers working in the thriving cultural community found in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Students complete the 39-credit minimum program on an intensive full-time schedule over 5 semesters or part-time schedule over approximately two years. Practical experience is integral to the program. Students must complete a professional residency of no less than 240 hours at a cultural organization either in the Minnesota or elsewhere. The program culminates with an integration paper exploring a topic relevant to arts management, demonstrating synthesis of coursework and fieldwork, and delivered by students at an annual symposium comprised of graduate students, faculty, and arts professionals.
39 Credits - Course Requirements:
Required Arts and Cultural Management Courses:
- Managment of Nonprofit Organziations
- Cultural Workplace Dynamics
- Cultural Studies
- Cultural Policy and Leadership
- Communications for Cultural Managers
- Cultural Programming and Evaluation
- Fund Development
- Ethics and Arts Law
- Marketing for Nonprofits
- Nonprofit Financial Management
Electives (choose one)
- Arts Education
- Arts and Community Development
- Residency/Capstone Progression
All classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends. Faculty and guest speakers are drawn from major arts organizations, area foundations, nonprofit management arena, and the professional arts community in the Twin Cities.
AdmissionsAn earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a grade point average of at least 2.75 (4.00 scale) is required. An undergraduate major in an arts field and/or experience in an arts related field is preferred.
Students may apply for admission at any time during the year and, if accepted, begin the program during the next semester. Applicants will be contacted for a personal interview when the application file is complete. A complete application file includes the following:
* A completed application form with a nonrefundable fee of $25.
* Official college transcripts, issued directly to Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus, from all accredited institutions attended.
* Two letters of recommendation that comment upon professional and/or volunteer experience, academic ability, and aptitude for the field.
* A personal statement /essay describing the applicant’s background, training, and experience; career goals; areas of strength and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater abilities; and reasons for applying to the program.
* Applicants are also asked to submit a current resume listing educational background and work experience.
On-line application information is available at www.smumn.edu. The registration fee is sent via non-electronic channels.
For admissions information contact:
Office of Admission
Twin Cities Campus
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
2500 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404-4403
Telephone: (866) 437-2788 or (612) 728-5100
Facsimile: (612) 728-5121