Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Arts and Cultural Management

2500 Park Ave.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404-4403
United States



Ms. Paula Justich

Program Goals and Objectives

The 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.


Students complete the 39-credit minimum program on an intensive full-time schedule over 5 semesters or part-time schedule over approximately three 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.

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                                                              Arts Education OR Arts and Community Development

Summative Activities
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.



An 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.

  1. Official college transcripts issued directly to Saint Mary’s University Twin Cities Campus from all accredited institutions attended.
  2. Two letters of recommendation that comment upon professional and/or volunteer experience academic ability and aptitude for the field.
  3. 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.
  4. Applicants are also asked to submit a current resume listing educational background and work experience.

Start the on-line application here:

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