Master's Concentration

Mission-Driven Operations and Management

A nonprofit arts and culture organization can accomplish its mission only if its program operations and organizational management are efficient and effective. Financial planning, staffing, and resource management must function smoothly for any organization to succeed. In this master’s degree concentration, you’ll learn how to set and meet financial goals by cultivating partnerships, managing grants, and implementing community-based approaches. You'll also build and customize data-driven programming strategies designed to help organizations identify and cultivate engaged audiences.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
March 29
Format
Evening or Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Admission
No GRE or GMAT
Master's Degree
Tuition
$35,040
Time
As few as 18 months
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Skills You'll Learn


Develop strategic approaches to managing an organization’s operations


Manage people and programs in ways that encourage innovation and audience loyalty?


Explore and choose sustainable business models

Curriculum

Master of Arts in Arts and Culture Management with a concentration in Mission-Driven Operations and Management requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses).

All students are required to complete a zero-credit Student Success Course.

5
Core Courses
4
Concentration Courses
3
Elective Courses

Electives may be chosen from among all courses in the Arts and Culture Management program. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.

Sample Schedule

Plan out your schedule and determine your preferred timeline for completing your master's degree—finish in as few as 18 months or take up to five years.

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We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Mission-Driven Operations and Management


Nonprofits are creating jobs three times faster than for-profits and is the third largest industry in the U.S., according to the Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies.


With more than 5 million arts and cultural jobs, industry employment is increasing in the majority of states, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.


The National Center for Arts Research found that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is expansive, not just in urban areas and the coasts, but also a growing number cultural organizations appearing across rural communities.

Job Titles

Chief Operating Officer
Director of Operations
Program Director
Operations Manager
Cultural Manager
Program Manager

Nonprofit Program Director Salary: National Average

$107,883
(Salary.com)

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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.

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Higher Learning Commission

University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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