University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bolz Center for Arts Administration

975 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53706
United States



Sherry Wagner-Henry

Program Goals and Objectives

The Bolz Center for Arts Administration was founded in 1969 as the first multidisciplinary business degree program to address the special needs of this emerging field. Built on the foundation of nationally ranked and respected Wisconsin School of Business, the Bolz Center program blends intensive business study, hands-on experience, and extensive professional networking opportunities for its students and alumni.

The primary activity of the Bolz Center is the MBA degree with a major in arts administration. This two-year, full-time degree program blends graduate coursework in business and arts administration, distinguished guest speakers, and real-world work experience. The unique combination of coursework, networking, and hands-on experience is designed to prepare graduates for the special challenges of working in arts and culture. The Bolz Center is closely connected to the arts on campus and off, providing students with exceptional opportunities to learn, to experience, and to contribute their talents. 

The Bolz Center also serves as a center of discussion, research, and analysis - continually redefining and refining our collective understanding of what it means to manage and lead in this challenging field.

Detailed information about the Bolz Center can be found on our website:




The MBA degree in Arts Administration requires 55 credits of coursework over the course of two academic years of full-time study. The curriculum builds on the foundation of core Wisconsin MBA courses: Financial Accounting, Financial Management, Marketing Management, Operations Management, Data Analysis & Decision Making, Economics for Managers, Strategy, Ethics, and Negotiations.

Arts Administration specific classes complement the core coursework throughout the two year program: Arts Administration Seminar (2 semesters), Dawson Research Project, Impact Consulting (2 semesters), and Board Leadership (2 semesters).  Students also have the opportunity to sign up for additional elective classwork in the focus of their choosing.  See our website for information about curricula and course sequencing:

Hands-on experience is integral to the Bolz Center program with all students receiving applied learning placements with local and campus arts and cultural organizations. These are project-level management positions providing a full waiver of tuition and a yearlong scholarship in addition to the invaluable practical perspective they offer within our professional curriculum.  Read further about applied learning in the Bolz Center program:


Prospective students apply directly through the Full-Time Wisconsin MBA Program and indicate Arts Administration as their specialization of choice. Applications require a resume, transcripts, essay responses, letter of recommendation(s), and a GMAT or GRE score taken within 5 years of application. An in-person or phone/skype interview is required before an admit decision is made.  Competitive applicants will have 3 or more years of post-undergraduate work experience, exceptional communication and writing skills, a clear sense of commitment to the field of arts and cultural management, and a high test score. Detailed admissions requirements can be found our website: