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

Career Opportunities

Take control of your creativity and career and find deeper meaning in what you do. The Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management prepares students for careers in the creative industries, arts management, cultural tourism, and for leadership roles in arts and culture focused organizations.

Build transferrable skills

The underlying emphasis in coursework is on teaching "best thinking" in addition to "best practices." Best thinking prepares the individual to apply knowledge to new and changing environments, whereas best practices fit specific organizations under more specific situations. This approach prepares students with transferrable skills they can take into any career.

Who is this master's program for?

The Master's in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is a good fit for anyone interested in management level positions within arts and culture organizations, or individuals who envision running their own creative enterprise.

Students with a background in the humanities and general liberal arts degrees in education, history, economics, and others, as well as business, communication, and related undergraduate degrees, would also find this program a good fit for their career.

Students who enter the program:

Have been working in the arts and would like to advance in their career; or
Have not been working in the arts but would like to transition into a meaningful career in the arts; and Are interested in working with people and communities in ways that emphasize development of meaning and identity.

Types of organizations that need arts and cultural management leaders

Students and graduates of the program have worked in, or may pursue careers in, these areas:

  • Arts management
  • Communication
  • Cultural tourism
  • Arts mediation or arts brokership
  • Religion
  • Native American heritage
  • Museum curation
  • Performing arts
  • Cultural center management
  • Education
  • Contract workers such as writers, graphic designers, musicians, etc.

Career options for graduates

The demand for creative people with entrepreneurial and administrative skills is on the rise. Over a decade ago, Ben Cameron of the Doris Duke Foundation, predicted there would be a need for tens of thousands of new senior-level arts managers in the U.S. by 2016, which has become evident. Organizations in a wide array of fields are looking for leaders who can think differently, integrate knowledge across disciplines, spot and solve problems, and generate new ideas.

The arts management master's program is designed to enhance the skills that employers are seeking: innovative thinking, leadership, adaptability, collaboration, and passion. These skills will translate to a wide variety of career paths in the creative and non-profit sectors and beyond. Some possible career options to pursue with this degree include:

  • Executive Director
  • Artistic Director
  • Program and Project Directors
  • Development Director
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Exhibition Planner
  • Financial Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Box Office Manager
  • Education Coordinator
  • Community and Corporate Relations Manager
  • Manager of Artistic Outreach
  • Donor Relations Manager
  • Grants Manager
  • Director of Patron Services
  • Facility Manager

What Next?

  • Discover why more than 10,000 students each year choose to advance their education with a program from Colorado State University Online.

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