MAM Curriculum

The MAM curriculum is grounded in the belief that management functions must support the organization's mission and the needs of its artists and other stakeholders. Arts Managers need to be versatile. The MAM program's comprehensive curriculum provides the skills students need not only in their first job but also in a job 20 years from now. In addition to shaping leadership abilities, our curriculum teaches students how to analyze problems and think strategically.

The arts industry is constantly evolving, and at Carnegie Mellon we don’t wait for the change to happen first in order to respond to it – we are proactive in becoming a part of the change and inspiring innovation today in our arts leaders of tomorrow. Our current and relevant curriculum is updated on an ongoing basis to reflect essential industry shifts, and is vetted through internal stakeholders as well as national arts leaders who provide valuable feedback on the needs of the arts field.

            Arts Management Curriculum

MAM Program Requirements

The MAM program takes 2 academic years to complete on a full-time basis. In order to earn the MAM degree, students must complete the following:

  • Core courses (70%) cover management, technology, financial, quantitative, fundraising and communication skills within the context of the arts and culture sector.
  • Elective courses (30%) allow you to delve more deeply into specific management, technical or arts areas that interest you – both non-profit and for-profit, performing arts and visual arts.
  • The summer internship will give you the opportunity to apply the management skills you've learned so you can gain further professional experience.
  • Student capstone projects (Systems Synthesis) allow you to apply these new skills in problem-solving settings and provide you with experience in working in a team environment.
  • Optional experiential learning opportunities such as apprenticeships during the academic year, study trips, conferences, and applied research provide both invaluable practical experiences and a strong network of professional contacts.

See an example of a sample schedule >>


*For standard 2-year track. Dual degree seeking students follow a different schedule.

Course Exemptions

If you have a strong background in any of the required courses, you can receive an exemption either by passing an exemption exam during your orientation program or through successful completion of comparable coursework during your undergraduate work. Exempting a course doesn't reduce the required number of courses you must complete. However, you can add more elective courses to expand your knowledge base.