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Arts Management

The arts empower us to look honestly at ourselves and our society and prompt us to think, feel and reexamine. A world without art is a world without culture, heart, passion or creativity. Strengthening our cultural institutions is one of the most important ways an individual can serve the public good.

The Master of Arts Management (MAM) program at Carnegie Mellon University is designed to create innovative leaders in the visual and performing arts. The program combines rigorous finance, marketing, technology and fundraising coursework with practical experience to prepare you to excel in a public, private or nonprofit arts environment. The MAM degree is offered through a joint partnership between the Heinz College's School of Public Policy & Management and the College of Fine Arts.

Carnegie Mellon University's MAM program provides what other arts administration master's degrees cannot -- the solid foundation of quantitative management principles for which CMU is known globally. Students leave the University with the arts management and administration tools necessary to be innovative thought leaders and solve some of the most pressing economic and operational challenges currently facing arts organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

Features & Benefits:

  • Systems synthesis projects, internships and independent studies emphasize experiential learning.
  • Courses are taught by experts in arts management and administration, many of whom are still practitioners.
  • Pair your arts management master's degree with a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law or with a graduate degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts from the University of Bologna, Italy.
  • Future Tenant, an art space in downtown Pittsburgh, serves as a working lab for the direct application of course concepts.
  • Spend one semester at the University of Bologna in Italy to gain an understanding of arts administration and cultural policy on an international scale.
  • Conduct and publish innovative research through Technology in the Arts, an applied research initiative exploring arts management and technology.