Bachelor of Science in Arts Management (BSAM)

Learn arts management from the inside out

Study the behind-the-scenes elements of the arts world, including arts marketing, finance, nonprofit management, and law. You’ll learn the fundamentals of running an arts organization while specializing in a specific arts area tailored to your interests and career goals. You’ll also have opportunities to explore global approaches to arts management by studying abroad in Israel, the United Arab Emirates, or the Netherlands.

You’ll complete an internship in the area you’re studying—whether that’s with a record label in Nashville or at a museum in the nation’s capital—and graduate with real-world experience and a head start on your career.

Some of the jobs our recent grads have landed include:

  • Senior iTunes producer with Apple in San Francisco
  • Junior talent buyer for Festivals with React Presents in Chicago
  • Concert promoter for Outback Concerts in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Individual giving manager with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
  • Marketing and operations associate with Chicago Philharmonic

Alumni success stories

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Sari Jackson, BSAM’17, MPA’18


“After spending several years training seriously in ballet, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in the arts but not be “the artist.” In one of my nonprofit management classes, I learned about development and how vital it is to the success of nonprofit organizations. I use that knowledge in my role today.”

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Matthew Creek, BSAM’19


“I ensure that all pieces of the puzzle come together for our 150-member volunteer chorus. From coordinating technical details to scheduling travel accommodations for our guest artists, I have the unique position of working with some of the top artists, arts administrators, and performance halls on a daily basis.”

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Kiotta Marshall, BSAM’16, MAAA-MPA’18


“Not only did my courses arm me with the knowledge to successfully enter the nonprofit sector at Campbell & Company, a national consulting firm that serves nonprofits across all sectors, but my experiential learning offered even more valuable lessons in implementing this knowledge.”

Expert faculty

“Arts managers serve as the bridge between art and audiences. Without us, things like Broadway, major museum exhibitions and music festivals wouldn't happen and wouldn't thrive. To be part of a global narrative makes this one of the most exciting and innovative fields out there!”

—Ursula Kuhar, Lecturer