University Center for the Arts, Room 303
(970) 491-3746

Constance DeVereaux, Director

The LEAP Institute for the Arts at CSU opens possibilities for career and life through visionary leadership, creative entrepreneurship, impassioned advocacy, and public engagement through a deeper understanding of arts and culture. This Special Academic unit in the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to offer a Masters in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management.

This graduate degree program helps students to apply their creative talents and develop new skills to meet the rising demand for entrepreneurial arts management professionals and visionary organizational leaders. We believe the arts serve a valuable purpose in society, and we need leaders and entrepreneurs to ensure their success. Often, however, those best suited to serve in these roles—those who are passionate about their creative work and making positive change in the community—lack formal administrative and entrepreneurial training. This arts administration master’s helps students fill their knowledge gaps, so they can do the work that they love, and be more successful at it. Students will gain the foundational skills they need to operate their own business, or take on leadership roles and impact meaningful change in an organization. The program covers a broad range of entrepreneurial subjects, including finance management, media communication, policy, project planning, events management and community engagement. These are skills that not only will be immediately applicable to their career today, but will provide valuable insight to help students make informed decisions throughout their career.

The Masters in Arts Leadership and Cultural Management is a two-year 32 credit program available both in person and 100% online. For more information about the program, admissions, or the LEAP Institute for the Arts, please visit LEAP Institute for the Arts.

Effective Summer 2016

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
LEAP 500Leadership in the Arts3
LEAP 600Arts Policy and Advocacy3
LEAP 660Arts Collaboration and the Community3
LEAP 687Internship3
LEAP 692Internship Seminar1
Selected courses (see list below)3
 Total Credits16
Second Year
LEAP 650Arts Events Management3
LEAP 670Law and the Arts3
LEAP 687Internship3
LEAP 692Internship Seminar1
Selected courses (see list below)6
 Total Credits16
 Program Total Credits:32
Select course(s) from the following list of approved courses in consultation with advisor and committee.
BUS 500Business Systems and Processes2
BUS 614Accounting Concepts2
BUS 615Managerial Accounting2
BUS 620Leadership and Teams2
BUS 625Organizational Communication2
BUS 626Managing Human Capital2
BUS 655Marketing Management2
CIS 570Business Intelligence3
ECON 304Intermediate Macroeconomics3
ECON 376Marxist Economic Thought3
EDOD 506Human Resource Development3
EDOD 672Change Facilitation3
EDOD 673Plan and Implement Change Interventions3
EDOD 675Design, Develop, Implement Workplace Learning3
EDOD 678Assess Change Interventions3
EDRM 600Introduction to Research Methods3
EDRM 702Foundations of Educational Research3
EDUC 619Curriculum Development3
EDUC 651Multicultural and Special Populations3
EDUC 670Grant Writing3
ETST 503Contemporary Ethnic Studies Issues3
FIN 601Financial Management and Markets3
HDFS 609Prevention Program Evaluation3
JTC 550Public Relations3
JTC 650Strategic Communications3
LEAP 310Creating and Managing a Career in the Arts3
MGT 340Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship3
MGT 360Social and Sustainable Venturing3
MGT 420New Venture Creation3
MGT 679Principles of Strategic Management3
MKT 479Marketing Strategy and Management3
MKT 600Marketing Management and Strategy3
MKT 621Search Engine Marketing and Optimization1
MKT 667Services Marketing Management1
PHIL 318Aesthetics-Visual Arts3
PHIL 348Philosophy of Literature and the Arts3
POLS 351Public Administration3
POLS 460Public Policy Process3
POLS 465Public Policy Analysis3
POLS 550Advanced Public Administration3
POLS 652Public Organization Theory3
POLS 665Public Policy Analysis3
SOC 302Contemporary Sociological Theory3
SOC 540Community Sociology3
SPCM 632Theories of Interpersonal Communication3
SPCM 633Discourse, Work, and Organization3
SPCM 634Communication and Cultural Diversity3
SPCM 639Communication Theory3
SPCM 647Media Industries3
SPCM 650Contemporary Issues in Media3