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

Frequently Asked Questions

Curious about how to choose an elective course for your arts management degree? This guide is designed to help you start the process and includes frequently asked questions. Please read all the information below before making selections and before contacting your advisor.

M.A.L.C.M. elective courses should provide you with skills in the areas of cultural management, arts leadership, arts entrepreneurship, arts policy, art advocacy, and public engagement. You may elect to take additional courses in these areas, but it is useful to find out what will be covered in your LEAP courses first. Since you pay tuition for each credit you earn, use your available credits wisely to select coursework in topic areas not covered in LEAP courses.

Suggested topic areas for M.A.L.C.M. electives

  • Communications
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resources
  • Working with Multicultural Populations
  • Tourism

Other topic areas may also be useful. Given that you are earning a degree that will prepare you for leadership positions, think creatively about what skills and knowledge you may need.

Frequently asked questions

How many electives do I need to take?

To fulfill your degree requirements, you must take 9 credits of electives. Typically, that translates into 3 courses of 3 credits each. Although you can take more courses for fewer credits each (i.e. 1 credit or 2 credit courses), keep in mind that you must take 32 credits of coursework to graduate.

Where can I find electives that I can take?

Both residential and online students have a list of pre-approved courses that can be found on the LEAP website. NOTE: You are not limited to these choices. They are offered as suggestions to you. Selecting one of these requires no action other than enrolling in the course. You may also view a list of suggested course codes for electives based on potential career paths at the end of this guide. Information about courses outside of the pre-approved list is provided below.

What level classes are electives?

Courses are numbered to indicate the level of the course. For example, 300 and 400 level courses are undergraduate courses (sophomore and junior/senior level respectively). You may take only a limited number of undergraduate courses to count toward your degree. It is much preferred that you take only graduate-level courses as electives (500 and 600 level courses). Only take an undergraduate course if there is no comparable graduate course available.

What if I want to take something outside of the pre-approved electives?

If none of the pre-approved elective courses are of interest, you can choose from any CSU course that adheres to the following criteria:

  • Is 500 level or above (except in limited circumstances)
  • Provides learning in one or more of the of the following:
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Arts Policy or Advocacy
    • Public Engagement
  • Does not require a prerequisite from the department offering it.
  • Permits students outside of the major to enroll in the course.

I have found a course that is not pre-approved that I want to take. What do I do next?

If you select a course that is not pre-approved, you must get approval from your academic advisor prior to enrolling in the course. Contact your advisor and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Whether you are a residential or online/distance student
  • Up to four choices of courses you would like to take

For each course, give the course name, course number, credits, a brief description, and an explanation about why the course would benefit you.

Once you receive approval, you can register for the elective course.

Please note that elective courses offered in other departments are under the jurisdiction of those departments. Contact the relevant department for information on the course, when it is offered, wait lists, and other information.

Still need assistance?

Please contact your academic advisor. If your advisor is not available, please contact the LEAP Institute at or by calling (970) 491-3746.

Suggested course codes for electives:

Marketing & Communications
  • Apparel + Merchandising (AM)
  • Communications Studies (SPCM)
  • Design + Merchandising (DM)
  • Marketing (MKT)
  • Journalism + Tech Communication (JTC)
Fundraising & Development
  • Business - General (BUS)
  • Design + Merchandising (DM)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Education (EDUC)
Community Outreach
  • Art - General (ART)
  • Education (EDUC)
  • Ethnic Studies (ETST)
  • International Studies (INST)
  • Women’s Studies (WS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
Finance & Operations
  • Business - General (BUS)
  • Accounting (ACT)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Finance (FIN)
  • Psychology (PSY)
Planning & Programming
  • Business (BUS)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Design + Merchandising (DM)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Education – Organizational Performance & Change (EDOD)
Human Resources
  • Business - General (BUS)
  • Education – Organizational Performance & Change (EDOD)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Psychology (PSY)
Arts Advocacy
  • Political Science (POLS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Business (BUS)

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