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Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Leadership (ACL)

The ACL program is designed for professionals who have been working in the arts and culture industry for three or more years, and can show proven leadership capacity, through work-related and/or volunteer experiences. Required curriculum, blended with flexible coursework, allows you the opportunity to build a program around your current strengths, experiences, and career direction. Courses in leadership and nonprofit management, along with seminars and directed studies in arts and cultural studies, provide working professionals a degree with a clear, career-related focus.

The ACL program is designed to help students:

  • Gain insights and develop approaches to creating and stewarding the relationships and interdependencies necessary for sustaining a vibrant arts community.
  • Refine strategic planning and communications skills in order to better lead organizations in complex environments.
  • Advocate for the arts and cultural sector by promoting better understanding and integrating the economic, political, ethical, technological, and diverse social environments in which it functions.
  • Understand and convey the international context for the arts and the impact of the global economy.
  • Appreciate and nurture the creative process, recognizing how art and the artist function in society.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

The ACL program uses a foundation of 14 credits (out of 32 that are required for the degree), with latitude built in to pursue elective course work in support areas such as nonprofit management, leadership, education, public affairs/policy, urban planning, strategic planning, etc.

In addition to being interdisciplinary, the ACL degree uses an applied learning approach. You'll receive a high-quality education that draws on the expertise of both our research-based campus faculty and our practicing, community-based faculty, together leveraging an expansive, innovative program delivered through a world-class institution.

Designed for Flexibility

Take course work as your schedule permits:

  • Seminars and workshops are offered evenings, weekdays, Saturdays, or online.
  • Other courses of your choosing can be taken during the day or evening.
  • Study part time or full time. A part-time student can complete the degree in about three and one-half years by taking one, three-credit offering per semester, including summer.
  • You may take more than one course per term, speeding the process to just over two years. 


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