November 8, 2014

MA/MBA joint degree in Business and Arts Management: call for applications

SMU Meadows School of the Arts
SMU MA/MBA arts management alumna Kimberly Camuel Bryan
(’02), chief advancement officer for TACA (The Arts Community
Alliance). Photo: Kim Leeson. Courtesy of SMU Meadows School
of the Arts.

MA/MBA in Business and Arts Management
The arts world today needs skilled and resourceful administrators, managers and leaders to meet the challenges of today’s increased financial pressures and unprecedented opportunities.

The SMU MA/MBA, offered jointly by the Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts, meets those challenges by combining the strengths of two top-tier schools in business and arts management. It is based on the philosophy that a successful career in arts management requires a thorough knowledge of contemporary business practices coupled with a deep understanding of the arts and the ability to recognize and seize opportunities.

The MA/MBA provides advanced courses in strategic planning, accounting, marketing, finance, economics, fundraising, statistics, cultural policy, organizational behavior, information technology and legal issues facing the arts, as well as internships and semester-long practica at leading Dallas-area arts organizations. The SMU MA/MBA produces graduate students well prepared to hold leadership positions in arts, entertainment and nonprofit organizations in the United States and around the world.

International experience
To thrive in today’s global marketplace, business leaders must understand the economic, social, political and cultural forces impacting the way business is conducted in different parts of the world. MA/MBA students gain international perspective through the Global Leadership Program and through an exchange semester at SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan, Italy, during the second fall semester.

Advance your career
Organizations where SMU MA/MBA students have engaged in practica and internships include (partial list): The American Association of Museums, Washington, D.C.; The Art Institute of Chicago; Carnegie Hall, New York City; Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York City; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; San Francisco Opera; Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, New York City.

Organizations that have hired SMU MA/MBA graduates include (partial list): American Film Institute, Los Angeles; Dallas Theater Center; New York City Ballet; Seattle Opera; UNICEF Zagreb, Croatia; Boston Pops; The Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco.


Applications now being accepted.The next deadline for international applicants is December 15, or January 12 for domestic applicants.


Information session is Wednesday, December 3, 2014. Register today!

Can’t make the information session? Call for your personal appointment. To find out more about the MA/MBA offered by SMU Cox School of Business and Meadows School of the Arts or to talk with an MA/MBA representative, contact Abigail Smith: [email protected] / T +1 214 768 3425.

Click here for more information about the SMU MA/MBA.


SMU Meadows and Cox School of Business seek applications for a joint MA/MBA degree in Business and Arts Management

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