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
September 11
Asynchronous and Hybrid Online
Term Length
10 Weeks
Master's Degree
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


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.

Core Courses
Concentration Courses
Elective Courses

Elective courses may be chosen from among non core and concentration courses in the Arts and Culture Management program, and you may also select courses in other University College graduate programs.

Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals.

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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Interested in a graduate certificate?

Explore our four and six course graduate certificates in Mission-Driven Operations and Management.

Take a Course Before You Apply

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


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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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