Arts Leadership and Cultural Management Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (M.A.L.C.M.)

Hear Constance Devereaux, Director of the LEAP Institute of the Arts, describe the arts management master's program and how a focus on theory, decision-making, and practical entrepreneurial skills helps students from many backgrounds become masters in their fields.

Earn your arts management degree online

Use your creative talents and develop new skills to meet the rising demand for arts management professionals, creative entrepreneurs, and leaders in cultural community development. Colorado State University's Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is offered online, as well as at the Denver Learning Center, in a flexible format designed for busy creatives.

If you are passionate about arts and culture and would like to build a meaningful career while enriching the lives of others, this arts management degree offers the courses, faculty, community, and internship opportunities to help you succeed.

Become a visionary leader in community arts and culture

The value of the arts in our society is immeasurable. Arts and culture enhances our well-being, brings together communities, and tells the stories of our civilization and world. To ensure the arts continue to reach and benefit others, we need leaders who understand what it takes to engage communities and help the arts flourish.

The master's in arts administration is an award-winning program, recognized in the Top 10 for leadership excellence in the U.S. by HR.com. The curriculum trains individuals to be true experts in their field. Students learn, not only what professionals need to know today, but, what it will take to thrive as arts leaders in the future.

A master's degree for creative entrepreneurs and professionals

A master's in arts management can help you gain the foundational skills you need to operate your own business or take on leadership roles that effect meaningful change in an organization. With an emphasis on engaging communities through creative partnerships, students learn how to direct their passion in a sustainable manner that will help maximize their work's reach and impact with audiences.

Topics of study include:

  • Leadership concepts and practices
  • Finance management
  • Media communication
  • Arts policy
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Community engagement
  • Events management
  • Culturally sustainable entrepreneurship

Courses are designed to be immediately applicable and offer valuable insight to help you make informed decisions throughout your arts administration career.

Study with faculty passionate about arts leadership and cultural management

CSU faculty believe the arts provide a highly practical value in society and look to work with creatives passionate about impacting positive change through the arts in the communities they serve.

Faculty are academic practitioners who, in addition to being highly published scholars and researchers, have also worked for, led, and consulted with many arts agencies. Blending academic and industry knowledge allows students to see how theory can be applied to real-world issues faced by professionals in the industry today.

Faculty strive to help students meet their educational goals through community, creativity, and collaborative strategies that are complemented by a strong mentoring pedagogy throughout the arts administration master's program.

About the LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU

The Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is offered by the LEAP Institute for the Arts, a special academic unit of Colorado State University's College of Liberal Arts. To learn more about the institute, visit the LEAP website.

The online master's in arts administration and the Denver-based program are both taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, but with the flexibility you need as a working creative professional.

Earn your master's online or in Denver

The master's in arts management offers three different delivery options for graduate students:

  • Study wherever you are by completing all coursework online; or
  • Take courses in downtown Denver, CO; or
  • Learn more about earning your degree on campus.

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