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Hear Dr. Michelle Stanley explain how this online master’s program helps you gain the practical skills necessary to become a successful manager or entrepreneur in the arts industry.

Earn your arts management degree online

Use your creative talents and develop new skills to meet the rising demand for arts management professionals, creative entrepreneurs, and leaders in cultural community development. Colorado State University's Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is offered online in a flexible format designed for busy creatives.

If you are passionate about arts and culture and would like to build a meaningful career while enriching the lives of others, this arts management degree offers the courses, faculty, community, and internship opportunities to help you succeed.

Become a visionary leader in community arts and culture

The value of the arts in our society is immeasurable. Arts and culture enhances our well-being, brings together communities, and tells the stories of our civilization and world. To ensure the arts continue to reach and benefit others, we need leaders who understand what it takes to engage communities and help the arts flourish.

The master's in arts administration is an award-winning program, recognized in the Top 10 for leadership excellence in the U.S. by The curriculum trains individuals to be true experts in their field. Students learn, not only what professionals need to know today, but, what it will take to thrive as arts leaders in the future.

A master's degree for creative entrepreneurs and professionals

A master's in arts management can help you gain the foundational skills you need to operate your own business or take on leadership roles that effect meaningful change in an organization. With an emphasis on engaging communities through creative partnerships, students learn how to direct their passion in a sustainable manner that will help maximize their work's reach and impact with audiences.

Topics of study include:

  • Leadership concepts and practices
  • Finance management
  • Media communication
  • Arts policy
  • Project planning and evaluation
  • Community engagement
  • Events management
  • Culturally sustainable entrepreneurship

Courses are designed to be immediately applicable and offer valuable insight to help you make informed decisions throughout your arts administration career.

Study with faculty passionate about arts leadership and cultural management

CSU faculty believe the arts provide a highly practical value in society and look to work with creatives passionate about impacting positive change through the arts in the communities they serve.

Faculty are academic practitioners who, in addition to being highly published scholars and researchers, have also worked for, led, and consulted with many arts agencies. Blending academic and industry knowledge allows students to see how theory can be applied to real-world issues faced by professionals in the industry today.

Faculty strive to help students meet their educational goals through community, creativity, and collaborative strategies that are complemented by a strong mentoring pedagogy throughout the arts administration master's program.

About the LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU

The Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is offered by the LEAP Institute for the Arts, a special academic unit of Colorado State University's College of Liberal Arts. To learn more about the institute, visit the LEAP website.

The online master's in arts administration is taught by the same faculty who teach on campus, but with the flexibility you need as a working creative professional.

Course Descriptions Open Accordion
LEAP 500 – Leadership in the Arts

Prerequisite: Admission to the MALCM program
Theoretical and applied knowledge about concepts of leadership and leadership styles as applied to arts related organizations.

LEAP 600 – Arts Policy and Advocacy

Prerequisite: Admission to the MALCM program
Discuss of the role of artist as citizen and how we affect public policy.

LEAP 650 – Arts Events Management

Prerequisite: LEAP 500 or LEAP 600
Technical aspects of events, season and festival management for arts related organizations.

LEAP 660 – Arts Collaboration and the Community

Prerequisite: LEAP 600
Research, development and production of outreach projects; team projects for community engagement.

LEAP 670 – Law and the Arts

Prerequisite: LEAP 600
Examine the legal foundations of artistic creation including copyright, freedom of expression, public domain laws, and contract negotiation.

LEAP 687 – Internship

Prerequisite: LEAP 600; LEAP 692 or concurrent registration
Field internship at local, regional or national arts organization (45 hours per credit).

LEAP 692 – Internship Seminar

Prerequisite: LEAP 600

Selected Elective Courses
Faculty Open Accordion
Michelle Stanley

Michelle Stanley, D.M.A - Director of Program

Michelle Batty Stanley is associate professor of music, flute at Colorado State University where she is also the director of the LEAP Institute, an arts management and program. Praised for her “fine breath control and offers subtlety in playing and a strong sense of the long, lyrical lines, Michelle is a performer of solo, chamber and orchestral music. She is a regular international artist and has enjoyed giving masterclasses from China to the U.S. She has performed in throughout the U.S. and in Russia, Japan, China, France, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and Russia. She is on the faculty of the Interharmony Music Festival in Italy.

Michelle is a regular performer in the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, and is principal flute for the Pro Musica chamber orchestra and the Colorado Bach Ensemble and Festival. She was the second flutist/piccolo player with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra from 2008-2013. She has presented and performed for the National Flute Convention (2019 in Salt Lake City, 2018 in Orlando, 2017 in Minneapolis, 2016 in San Diego, 2012 in Las Vegas, 1999 in Atlanta), College Music Society Regional and National Conferences, Colorado Music Educators Association conference (2010, 2013, 2018, 2019), and Music Teachers National Association State and National conferences. She has performed at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, and spent five seasons as the second flutist with the Colorado Music Festival orchestra.

She has commissioned and premiered more than 20 works from composers throughout the United States. Her first CD of newly commissioned chamber music was released by Centaur Records in 2006 and her second recording of French flute music was released by Navona records in 2018. Michelle is the flutist in Quatra Duo, a flute and guitar duo that will be recording an album contemporary flute and guitar to be released by Navona records in 2020.

In addition to her active performing career, Dr. Stanley is the author of an online music appreciation textbook published by Great River Technologies called Music Appreciation: Successful Listening in All Music. This text is used at CSU for more than 3,000 students each year.

A strong advocate for the arts, Dr. Stanley was one of the founding creators of the LEAP Institute at Colorado State University. LEAP (Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Advocacy and the Public) is an interdisciplinary program that offers an undergraduate minor and a master’s degree in arts management. Director since August of 2018, Michelle is committed to helping LEAP thrive for its students.

Michelle received a M.M. and D.M.A. in flute performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and received a B.A. in Music from the University of New Hampshire. She also attended Trinity College of Music in London where she studied with Anne Cherry.

Richard Andrews

Richard Andrews - Instructor

Richard S. Andrews is an author (Arts Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Venture in the Arts. Routledge, 2020), instructor, and Associate Director of the UC Berkeley Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), a leading research and training laboratory focused on the creative interaction between music and science. He is also Executive Director of the Eco Ensemble, UC Berkeley’s professional new music chamber group dedicated to contemporary music by emerging and established composers. He has over 20 years experience in arts management and specializes in arts entrepreneurship, fundraising, project management, marketing and organizational development. His research and teaching interests include the creation of modern cultural policies in the U.S. and France, the intersection of government arts policy and arts management/arts practice, and the impact of public/private support for the arts. He has developed and taught courses and workshops at UC Berkeley, the San Francisco Art Institute, Colorado State University, the UC Paris Study Center Program in French & European Studies, the Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) and the American University of Paris (AUP), and has lectured at the Savannah College of Art and Design SCAD/Lacoste, the Institute for American Universities, Parsons Paris, Arcadia University, San Francisco State University (SFSU), the University of San Francisco (USF) and the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Emelie Borello

Emelie Borello - Instructor

Emelie Borello is an instructor at Colorado State University for the LEAP Institute for the Arts, as well as a recent graduate from LEAP Master’s program. She has a strong background in management, human resources, and project planning as well as a decade of experience as a director and designer in the local Fort Collins community theatre. In addition to teaching, Emelie is working to create collaborative arts projects within the community, and looking toward pursing a doctoral program in sociology of arts and celebration in the near future.

Sandy Ceas

Sandy Ceas - Instructor

I am considered a Social Practice artist who engages the culture through the arts to provoke social change. My entire career life has flourished from a deep psychological understanding of humanity, and how the creative arts can be a strong advocate for social justice. My art practice embraces this calling, and I teach this efficacy of art for cultural production at the college level. I have engaged with various cultures around the world using art engagement as a catalyst for breaking down barriers and encouraging healthy discourse towards a cause. This includes College Study Abroad encounters.

Zhanna Gurvich

Zhanna Gurvich - Instructor of Theater

Zhanna Gurvich is an award-winning designer and painter who has designed for theatre, dance, opera, and film at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Joyce Theatre, Chautauqua Opera, and the Juilliard Theatre. Ms. Gurvich’s favorite designs include Radiance for Axial Theatre Co., Hello and Goodbye for Rattlestick Theatre, Ladies in Retirement and Chaos Theory for Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Most Dangerous Room in the House for The Susan Marshall Dance Company, Tears for Violetta and Tierra del Nadie for Ballet Hispanico, The Seagull, Man and Superman, and Three Sisters for Juilliard, In the Air and La Llorona for Stageplays Theatre, Hansel and Gretel for Chautauqua Opera, Ping Pong Diplomacy, Havana Bourgeoisie, and Billboard for Reverie Productions, and Luck for Epic Rep. Ms. Gurvich received an HOLA Award for Outstanding Set Design for her work on La Llorona. She has painted for Scenic Art Studios, Goodspeed Opera House, Virginia Opera, Dallas Theatre Center, Mannes Opera, and The Mint Theatre Company, including critically acclaimed portraits for Mary Broome and a mural for Black Snow. Ms Gurvich is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and holds a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Clark University, as well as an M.F.A. in Stage Design from Southern Methodist University, with a concentration in scenery and lighting design.

John Kuker

John Kuker - Instructor

John Kuker was born and raised in Texas and received his B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. Prior to law school, Mr. Kuker was a lobbyist and government affairs professional with an international oil & gas concern in Houston, Texas. He came to Wyoming in 1997 to attend the University of Wyoming law school. While at the University of Wyoming, John was chosen as a member of the Wyoming Law Review. He also was a co-finalist in the annual Mock Trial Competition during his final two years of law school.

Following a summer clerkship with the Agricultural Commissioner of Texas in 1997, and a subsequent summer clerkship at Dray, Thomson & Dyekman, P.C, he joined Dray, Thomson & Dyekman P.C. as an attorney in 2000, wherein he practiced in the areas of business litigation, taxation and tax litigation, government affairs, business planning, estate planning, probate, construction, real estate, banking, creditors’ rights, international contract disputes, appeals, and administrative licensing issues. While at Dray, Thomson & Dyekman, John Kuker’s daily workload entailed analyzing everything from highly complex Wyoming severance tax appeals for oil & gas companies to international contract litigation to commercial disputes between small to mid-sized companies. John reluctantly left his colleagues at Dray Thomson after being offered a senior position with a boutique state tax litigation firm in Boulder, Colorado and New Orleans, Louisiana. At Oreck Bradley, John spent two full years exclusively litigating complex multimillion-dollar tax cases for Fortune 100 companies.

John Kuker then became a partner at Romsa & Kuker, LLC from 2005 to 2012, when he was then afforded the opportunity to form The Kuker Group, LLP in early 2013, which transformed into Overstreet, Homar & Kuker in early 2018. Mr. Kuker continues his practice in the business law arena and other areas mentioned above, and he has expanded it to include school district representation and more services as a mediator and public affairs professional. Mr. Kuker is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University. When not at the office, John enjoys spending time with his wife Becca and their children Hayes and Bosley, as well as writing and playing music.

Jack Rogers

Jack Rogers - Instructor

Jack has worked in the performing arts for over 24 years. During that time he has been an artist, and advocate, a tour manager, a festival producer, a venue director, and worn countless other hats. Jack received his BFA in Acting with a minor in dance and a concentration in music from Long Island University at CW Post. Jack has received multiple awards for his performance work both professionally and academically. He received his MPA in Nonprofit Management from Georgia State University. As an advocate, Jack served as Vice President of Programming for the Georgia Arts Network, the state’s official arts advocacy organization. Jack has served as a juror on programming committees for the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Georgia Assembly of Community Arts Agencies, Georgia Presenters, and the Southern Arts Federation’s Performing Arts Exchange. Jack’s interests include multi-disciplinary collaboration, event management-safety and security, advocacy, and performing arts programming. Jack is a member of Actor’s Equity of America, Americans for the Arts, the International Association of Venue Managers, and the Western Arts Alliance. Jack currently provides administrative, artistic, and operational leadership to The Lincoln Center, a multi-venue events facility and Northern Colorado’s largest performing arts presenter.

Michael Seman

Michael Seman - Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael Seman is an assistant professor in the LEAP Institute for the Arts’ arts management program at Colorado State University. He received his doctorate in urban planning and public policy from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 and his work primarily examines the intersection of music, entrepreneurship, and economic development on the urban landscape. Before joining Colorado State University, Michael was Director of Creative Industries Research and Policy at the University of Colorado Denver College of Arts and Media.

Michael teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and is currently writing a book about music scenes and how they can transform cities for the University of Texas Press. His co-edited volume concerning the production and consumption of music in the digital age was published by Routledge in 2016 as part of their Contemporary Human Geography Series and Michael recently helped author music strategies for both the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. Michael’s work can also be found in many academic journals including Cities, Regional Science Policy and Practice, Applied Research in Economic Development, City, Culture and Society, Industrial Geographer, Artivate: A Journal of Entrepreneurship in the Arts, and most recently in Growth and Change.

National Public Radio, Vice, Wired, The Washington Post, and many regional media outlets seek Michael’s insight and he is often invited to speak at professional and civic events across the country. Prior to completing his graduate work, Michael spent several years as an executive at Creative Artists Agency in Beverly Hills, California where he focused on internal marketing and project development. Michael also managed daytime programming for the “35 Denton” and “Oaktopia” music festivals in Denton, Texas while earning his doctorate. He is represented by the Creative Class Group for speaking engagements.

Mike Solo

Mike Solo - Instructor

Mike Solo is the Creative Director in the marketing office of The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University. His degrees are in Design and Digital Media and he currently teaches Technology in the Arts and Creating your Arts Career for the Arts Management program.

Jill Stilwell

Jill Stilwell - Instructor

Jill has 25 years of experience in the public arts and culture sector. From 2003 to 2016, Jill was the Director of Cultural Services for the City of Fort Collins. In this role, she spearheaded Fort Collins’ first Cultural Plan and nominated the City for the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award, which the community received. She was proud to direct the Department’s two largest capital projects: the $8.4 million renovation of the Lincoln Center and the $27 million public/private partnership that is the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Jill has facilitated large vision-oriented projects, like master plans and community cultural plans, but also enjoys the personal aspects of team building and board development. Jill shares her experience with others as an adjunct faculty member at the LEAP Institute for the Arts at Colorado State University and at Front Range Community College. She teaches courses in arts management and museum studies and learns as much from her students as they do from her. Jill also engages with her local community through activities like presenting at Start-Up Week.

Jill has a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Denver. She is certified through the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) in planning effective public participation processes.

Frequently Asked Questions Open Accordion

Curious about how to choose an elective course for your arts management degree? This guide is designed to help you start the process and includes frequently asked questions. Please read all the information below before making selections and before contacting your advisor.

M.A.L.C.M. elective courses should provide you with skills in the areas of cultural management, arts leadership, arts entrepreneurship, arts policy, art advocacy, and public engagement. You may elect to take additional courses in these areas, but it is useful to find out what will be covered in your LEAP courses first. Since you pay tuition for each credit you earn, use your available credits wisely to select coursework in topic areas not covered in LEAP courses.

Suggested topic areas for M.A.L.C.M. electives

  • Communications
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resources
  • Working with Multicultural Populations
  • Tourism

Other topic areas may also be useful. Given that you are earning a degree that will prepare you for leadership positions, think creatively about what skills and knowledge you may need.

Frequently asked questions

How many electives do I need to take?

To fulfill your degree requirements, you must take 9 credits of electives. Typically, that translates into 3 courses of 3 credits each. Although you can take more courses for fewer credits each (i.e. 1 credit or 2 credit courses), keep in mind that you must take 32 credits of coursework to graduate.

Where can I find electives that I can take?

Both residential and online students have a list of pre-approved courses that can be found on the LEAP website. NOTE: You are not limited to these choices. They are offered as suggestions to you. Selecting one of these requires no action other than enrolling in the course. You may also view a list of suggested course codes for electives based on potential career paths at the end of this guide. Information about courses outside of the pre-approved list is provided below.

What level classes are electives?

Courses are numbered to indicate the level of the course. For example, 300 and 400 level courses are undergraduate courses (sophomore and junior/senior level respectively). You may take only a limited number of undergraduate courses to count toward your degree. It is much preferred that you take only graduate-level courses as electives (500 and 600 level courses). Only take an undergraduate course if there is no comparable graduate course available.

What if I want to take something outside of the pre-approved electives?

If none of the pre-approved elective courses are of interest, you can choose from any CSU course that adheres to the following criteria:

  • Is 500 level or above (except in limited circumstances)
  • Provides learning in one or more of the of the following:
    • Leadership
    • Management
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Arts Policy or Advocacy
    • Public Engagement
  • Does not require a prerequisite from the department offering it.
  • Permits students outside of the major to enroll in the course.

I have found a course that is not pre-approved that I want to take. What do I do next?

If you select a course that is not pre-approved, you must get approval from your academic advisor prior to enrolling in the course. Contact your advisor and provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Whether you are a residential or online/distance student
  • Up to four choices of courses you would like to take

For each course, give the course name, course number, credits, a brief description, and an explanation about why the course would benefit you.

Once you receive approval, you can register for the elective course.

Please note that elective courses offered in other departments are under the jurisdiction of those departments. Contact the relevant department for information on the course, when it is offered, wait lists, and other information.

Still need assistance?

Please contact your academic advisor. If your advisor is not available, please contact the LEAP Institute at or by calling (970) 491-3746.

Suggested course codes for electives:

Marketing & Communications
  • Apparel + Merchandising (AM)
  • Communications Studies (SPCM)
  • Design + Merchandising (DM)
  • Marketing (MKT)
  • Journalism + Tech Communication (JTC)
Fundraising & Development
  • Business - General (BUS)
  • Design + Merchandising (DM)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Education (EDUC)
Community Outreach
  • Art - General (ART)
  • Education (EDUC)
  • Ethnic Studies (ETST)
  • International Studies (INST)
  • Women’s Studies (WS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
Finance & Operations
  • Business - General (BUS)
  • Accounting (ACT)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Economics (ECON)
  • Finance (FIN)
  • Psychology (PSY)
Planning & Programming
  • Business (BUS)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Design + Merchandising (DM)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Education – Organizational Performance & Change (EDOD)
Human Resources
  • Business - General (BUS)
  • Education – Organizational Performance & Change (EDOD)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Psychology (PSY)
Arts Advocacy
  • Political Science (POLS)
  • Philosophy (PHIL)
  • Management (MGT)
  • Business (BUS)
Curriculum Open Accordion

The Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is a 32-credit program of study that includes a core curriculum focusing on arts leadership, community engagement, policy, and advocacy fundamentals. Students also take a minimum of 9 credits of approved electives that will customize their academic track to focus on their desired field of study, such as entrepreneurship, management, or communications.

Additionally, students must have two separate semester-long internships to round out their practical training. Academic advisors can help students identify an appropriate internship opportunity at a local, regional, national, or international arts organization in their area of specialization.

Program of Study (32 cr.)

First Year

LEAP 500 – Leadership in the Arts (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MALCM program
Theoretical and applied knowledge about concepts of leadership and leadership styles as applied to arts related organizations.

LEAP 600 – Arts Policy and Advocacy (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MALCM program
Discuss of the role of artist as citizen and how we affect public policy.

LEAP 650 – Arts Events Management (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 500 or LEAP 600
Technical aspects of events, season and festival management for arts related organizations.

LEAP 687 – Internship (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 600; LEAP 692 or concurrent registration
Field internship at local, regional or national arts organization (45 hours per credit).

LEAP 692 – Internship Seminar (1 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 600

Selected Elective Course1 (3 cr.)

Second Year

LEAP 660 – Arts Collaboration and the Community (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 600
Research, development and production of outreach projects; team projects for community engagement.

LEAP 670 – Law and the Arts (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 600
Examine the legal foundations of artistic creation including copyright, freedom of expression, public domain laws, and contract negotiation.

LEAP 687 – Internship (3 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 600; LEAP 692 or concurrent registration
Field internship at local, regional or national arts organization (45 hours per credit).

LEAP 692 – Internship Seminar (1 cr.)

Prerequisite: LEAP 600

Selected Elective Course1 (6 cr.)

Elective Course Listing (9 cr. needed)
  1. Select course(s) from program list of approved courses in consultation with advisor and committee. Additional coursework may be required to fulfill prerequisites.
Why Choose CSU? Open Accordion

As a student in CSU's online Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management program, you will receive the same education, learn from the same faculty, and earn the same regionally accredited degree as students on campus. Additionally, you can expect a program with:

  • An Award-Winning Program: Recognized as a Top 10 leadership program in the U.S. by, the Master of Arts Leadership and Administration degree received a 2016 Leadership Excellence Award for exceptional leadership development.
    • A Community Focus: We emphasize relationship building between artists and the public to foster passion and appreciation for the arts in our communities, and to ensure investment in arts creation and preservation.
    • A Broad Application: Courses supplement the practical training most arts professionals receive by teaching analytical thinking skills that help you apply what you learn to a broad range of organizations and circumstances.
    • A Customizable Curriculum: You can choose from a wide range of course options and take elective credits specific to your desired career path or personal interests.
    • Practical Training Opportunities: Required internships allow for well-rounded practical training, enabling you to apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios.
    • A Strong Foundation: This degree is offered through CSU's LEAP Institute for the Arts which guides this program's curriculum with its four basic principles of leadership, entrepreneurship, arts advocacy, and the public.

    Learn more about CSU's rankings and accolades.

    ”I wanted something that intersected business, administration, arts, and leadership. I also wanted an element of service, of giving back. CSU offered the perfect program. I apply a lot of what I learned about leadership and organization in my career, especially budget and timeline creation, law, and goal setting. The ability for artists to advocate for themselves and others is priceless. That was my biggest takeaway.“

    – L. Young, Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management Graduate

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester July 15
Spring semester December 1
Summer semester April 15

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree, as well as potential for advanced study as evidenced by academic achievement. In cases where an applicant is deficient in background, faculty may consider applicants with significant work history in the field of arts administration. In addition, student selection is based on an individual student's maturity and motivation to succeed in graduate study and in the profession of arts administration.

Minimum admission requirements include:

  • An undergraduate degree in the arts is not required. However, students should have a strong interest in the arts, broadly.
  • Standard CSU graduate school requirements apply.
  • Standard TOEFL or PTE scores are required for international students.
  • No GRE required

2 Prepare Application Materials

Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

  • Three letters of recommendation
    Applicants should provide letters of recommendation from faculty members or individuals who have first-hand knowledge of the applicant's academic or professional capabilities. Three professional recommendations are required. You will provide information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.
  • Statement of purpose
    A personal statement of professional goals that addresses the question: What will you anticipate doing with your degree? Your written statement should be approximately 500 words.
  • Resume
  • Financial aid application

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Select "Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (M.A.L.C.M.) - Distance" when choosing the Program of Study.

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript of all collegiate work completed from all institutions attended. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary)
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Once your complete application, including supporting materials, is received, the department admission committee will review your application and notify you of their decision.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

$661 per credit
Degree Awarded
Master of Arts Leadership and Cultural Management (M.A.L.C.M.)
Time Frame
Can be completed in 2 years

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
December 1
Summer semester
April 15

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