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2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook 
2019-2020 SGPP Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Arts and Cultural Management, M.A.

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The M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management provides students with the necessary skills and experiences to lead cultural programs and institutions and respond effectively to the various environments and global context in which arts and cultural organizations operate. Through a blend of coursework and practical application the program focuses on strategic thinking and management, resource development (monetary, artistic, and human), and the ability to recognize and analyze evolving trends in the culture industry.

Completion of the program prepares students to advance into program and leadership positions within a broad array of cultural organizations, including nonprofits, for profits, and other organizational collaborations. The program is designed for current cultural organization staff members seeking to deepen their management and organizational skills, those planning to move into the cultural management field, and college graduates with an arts related background.

The Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management program is no longer accepting students into the program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management program are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Research and articulate the key issues, environmental situations, and trends.
  2. Apply ethical, innovative, and effectual practices.
  3. Communicate information respectfully and effectively.
  4. Develop intercultural competence in interpersonal and leadership situations.
  5. Create and implement resource development and financial management strategies.
  6. Manage and assess organizational operations and planning.
  7. Outline and analyze community relations, outreach, and marketing activities.
  8. Evaluate cultural policy and legal environments for socially responsible cultural management.
  9. Continue lifelong learning to facilitate personal growth and organizational change.

Program Structure and Delivery

The 39-credit program can be completed on a part-time, or intensive full-time schedule. Classes meet throughout the year during the evening and on Saturdays. Students also complete a professional residency of no less than 240 hours at cultural institutions located in the Twin Cities area or around the country. The program culminates with a capstone paper exploring a topic related to cultural management and delivered by students at an annual symposium comprised of graduate students, faculty, and arts professionals.

Courses are delivered face-to-face.

Degree Requirements

Required Arts and Cultural Management Courses 33 cr.
Required Summative Activities 6 cr.
Total 39 cr.


The faculty members and advisers for the Arts and Cultural Management program have earned doctorate or master’s degrees. Faculty members are selected for their educational and professional experience and expertise.

Admission Requirements

Applicants may apply for admission to master’s degree programs at any time during the year. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and maintained an overall grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants must demonstrate the language proficiency necessary for successful graduate coursework. Applicants may complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admission process.

Application Process

Applicants must submit

  1. Competed application form with the nonrefundable application fee (fee not required for alumni or students seeking readmission or veterans and active military personnel) and,
  2. An official transcript(s) issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from the institution posting the applicant’s completed bachelor’s degree and other relevant transcripts documenting program pre- requisites and potential transfer credits. (An official transcript is one that is sent to the university by the credit-granting institution.  Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must have a course-by-course evaluation completed from an approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( These would preferably be completed by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators and must be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards). and,
  3. A personal statement which includes
    1. brief description of the applicant’s background, training, and experience and,
    2. statement indicating the career goals of the applicant and their reasons for seeking admission to the program and,
    3. description of the areas the applicant considers to be their strengths and areas in which the applicant wishes to develop greater strengths and abilities and,
    4. personal information the applicant wishes to share.
  4. Letter(s) of recommendation that verify professional and/or volunteer experience and academic ability and,
  5. A current résumé listing educational background and work experience.

Please Note: Application materials should be sent to the attention of the Office of Admission on the Twin Cities campus.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Office of Admission
2500 Park Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55404

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