• Designed for those with a passion for the arts and a desire to build a solid foundation in business.

    Applications for 2018 intake are now open!

    The Schulich School of Business – together with the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) Graduate Studies at York University – offer a three-year, full-time, program leading to both a Master of Business Administration and either a Master of Fine Arts or Master of Arts degree.  With its almost 50 year history, it is acknowledged as one of the most established and respected programs of its kind in Canada.

    The program offers a combined MBA/MFA degree in the programs in Visual Arts, Theatre, Film, and Dance and a combined MBA/MA degree program in Art History, Dance, Music, Film (Cinema and Media Studies) and Theatre Studies.

    The program provides a deep and current understanding of management issues and practices across a spectrum from broadcasting, digital and social media industries to not-for-profit arts and social enterprise organizations. Students will achieve a thorough and current understanding of the business of creative industries, enabling them to support and advance their careers.

    This is an intensive, multidisciplinary Masters program for those interested in management careers in the arts and cultural sectors. Combined MBA/MFA programs are offered in the areas of Film Production and Screenwriting, Visual Arts and Dance. Combined MBA/MA programs are offered in: Art History and Curatorial Studies; Cinema & Media Studies; Dance, Music and Theatre, and Performance Studies.

“The Schulich Arts and Media MBA gave me the tools that I needed to apply my background in film and to pursue a career about which I am deeply passionate. The experience allowed me to launch my career in a competitive field at a time when jobs were scarce -- I have no doubt the Arts and Media MBA made the difference.”

Christina Kubacki (MBA/MA ‘10)Director, Acquisitions, Entertainment One
  • Career opportunities

    This highly challenging combined program offers excellent preparation for those interested in management careers in the arts and cultural sector. Graduates follow public and private sector career paths in which knowledge of both the arts and of management and business are required, holding titles that include Theatre Director, Corporate Communications Manager and VP of Strategy.

    Throughout the MBA/MFA/MA program, you will have access to Schulich’s Career Development Centre (CDC), offering a wealth of innovative programs, resources and individualized mentoring and coaching to help you launch your career. Meet alumni, recruiters and industry leaders at corporate information sessions and other CDC events, and receive online access to the very best career tools available.

  • Our MBA/MFA/MA could lead you to an exciting career in an organization such as...

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MBA/MFA/MA Program Details by Category

Admission Requirements

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Available combined programs:

MBA/MFA in: Film Production & Screenwriting; Visual Arts or Dance

MBA/MA in: Art History & Curatorial Studies; Cinema & Media Studies; Dance; Music or Theatre & Performance Studies

Combined applicants must apply separately to the MBA program and their MFA or MA program of choice indicating on each application their interest in the combined program.

MFA and MA program and admission information can be found at: http://ampd.yorku.ca/current-students/graduate/

The general admission requirements for the MBA/MFA/MA are listed below. Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission, as space in each program is limited. A holistic approach is taken during the application review process and all components of the application are thoroughly reviewed.

MBA Application Requirement Checklist

  1. An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Fine Arts with a minimum B+ average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work.
    • Applicants with 3-year degrees may be considered for admission with an additional year of work experience (beyond the minimum required by program)
  2. GMAT or GRE
  3. Work Experience
    • Relevant full-time work experience within the arts or cultural industries is strongly recommended.
  4. Completion of the online application

*Official copies of these documents will be required if an applicant receives an offer to the program.

5. Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.

Accepted Tests Minimum Score Minimum Component Scores
IELTS 7.0 overall 6.5
TOEFL  York’s TOEFL code is (B710) 100 iBT 23

Applicants with English as a second language have the opportunity to enroll in the MBA/Specialized Master’s Preparation Program prior to beginning their studies.

Applicants who have completed at least two years of full-time study at an accredited university in a country (or institution) where English is the official language of instruction are not required to submit an English proficiency test.

 

For more information please see our Application Tips.

Deadlines

The MBA/MFA/MA program is offered on a full-time basis only. We recommend speaking with the program director or coordinator to discuss the program in more detail.

Applicants must apply to both Schulich and the Faculty of Graduate Studies in order to be considered for admission to the program.

Entry Round 1 * Round 2 Round 3
September entry Jan 15 Feb 28 Accepting domestic applications
Graduate Studies deadlines **
September entry Early – Mid February

Late applications will be considered following the Round 3 deadline for September 2017. Please Contact Us if you are interested in submitting a late application.

*International students and those interested in being considered for scholarship are encouraged to apply in Round 1.

** Please refer to Graduate Studies at York for the exact deadline for the MA or MFA program that you are interested in.

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Please note: Your GMAT/GRE score and responses from your referees can be completed after your application has been submitted. A preliminary review of your application will still be done prior to receiving these items.

Tuition & Fees

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MBA / MFA / MA Program Fees

Students in the full-time MBA/MFA or MBA/MA pay three terms of full-time tuition to Schulich and three terms of full-time tuition to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.  For details regarding tuition fees for the Faculty of Graduate Studies, click here.

Domestic Students
Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant,
Permanent Resident
International Students
Visa/Study Permit
Cost Per Term: 2017-2018*
(Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018)

Including supplementary fees
 $19,000  $24,220
Cost Per Term: 2018-2019*
(Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019)
Including supplementary fees
$19,930 $25,470
 Estimated Total Tuition Fee**  $57,900***  $73,900***

* The cost per term is rounded to the nearest $10. Figures include current ancillary and student referenda fees of $465.85 (full-time) per term. Fees are subject to change. For the most up to date supplementary fee information please refer to the student financial services website.

**Total tuition fees are rounded to the nearest $100.

*** Tuition fees for Fall 2019 and thereafter have not been set. This figure represents an approximate total, accounting for a 5% tuition increase per year and includes current ancillary and student referenda fees. Fees are subject to change.

Study Options

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This is a full-time program. Students who enrol in the combined program should be able to complete it over a three-year period, from date of entry.

Available delivery options

  • Full-time 36 months

Location(s)

  • Schulich School of Business - Keele Campus Toronto
  • York University - Keele Campus Toronto
  • Miles S. Nadal Management Centre Toronto
Graduation Requirements

Curriculum Overview

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Students in the combined program may choose either of the following two options. However, most students will find that Option 1 most easily facilitates progress through the combined program within three years of study.

MBA/MFA/MA Program – Option 1

Year 1: MFA/MA Core Requirements

Students take the core course requirements in their Fine Arts area. In addition, students will take GS/ARTM 6301 3.00 during the Winter Term of their first year of study for degree credit in Fine Arts. They may also take ARTM 6300 3.00.

Year 1 Required Course:

  • ISSUES IN ARTS & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT

Year 1 Recommended Elective:

  • CULTURAL POLICY

Year 2: MBA 1 Requirements

  • MBA 1 Core Courses (27.00 credits of the Required Foundations of Management 5000 level Core Courses)
  • 3.00 credits of Schulich electives
  • Students may also take a course in their Fine Arts field for degree requirement in the MFA or MA

Year 2 Summer (optional)

  • Students generally undertake an internship after completing their second year in the program, (and having fulfilled their 5000 level core MBA requirements).

Year 3: MFA/MA and MBA Requirements

Students will complete the requirements in both programs during this final year of study.

  • MBA 2 Core Courses (6.00 credits)
  • 6.00 to 9.00 credits of Schulich electives
  • The balance of required courses in the student’s fine arts specialization in either the MFA or MA streams in the Arts, Media, Performance & Design in the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Students will also complete their Master’s Research Paper (MRP) or thesis and the balance of their course requirements in each program over the two terms

MBA/MFA/MA Program Option 2: Schulich Start

Year 1: MBA 1 Requirements

  • MBA 1 Core Courses (27.00 credits of Required Foundations of Management 5000-level core courses)
  • SB/ARTM 6301 3.00: Issues in Arts and Cultural Management
  • Students may also take a course in their Fine Arts field for degree requirement in the MFA or MA

Year 1 Required Course:

  • ISSUES IN ARTS & CULTURAL MANAGEMENT

Year 1 Summer: optional

Students may choose to undertake an internship after completing their first year in the program.

Year 2: MFA/MA Core Requirements

  • Students will take the core course requirements in their Fine Arts area.
  • In some cases, students may take Strategic Management (SB/SGMT 6000 3.00)  and may complete their Strategy Field Study (MGMT 6090 0.00 and MGMT 6100 3.00) in this year of study

Year 2 Summer (optional)

Students may choose to undertake an internship in this term, if not already completed.

Year 3: MFA/MA and MBA Requirements

Students will complete the requirements in both programs during this final year of study.

  • Students should take MBA 2 Core Courses (6.00 credits) in the Fall term, if not already completed
  • 6.00 to 9.00 credits of Schulich electives
  • The balance of required courses in the student’s fine arts specialization in either the MFA or MA streams in the Arts, Media, Performance & Design in the Faculty of Graduate Studies
  • Students will also complete their Master’s Research Paper (MRP) or thesis and the balance of their course requirements in each program over the two terms
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Faculty

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Faculty members are well known for their work in arts, entertainment and media. Their expertise spans a wide range of related issues, including strategic management, policy development and entrepreneurship. All faculty members continue to play a vital role in the field of arts and culture.

MBA Specialization

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As an alternate study option, students may complete the MBA with a specialization in the Arts, Media and Entertainment Management (ARTM). The program is particularly designed for students who have work experience and/or educational backgrounds in the arts and cultural industries. Learn more

Student Clubs

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Engage with your Graduate Business Council (GBC) to connect with fellow Schulich students taking the Schulich MBA or other master’s level program, and join one or several of over 30 student clubs and committees, including the Arts and Media Management Club.

Arts and Media Management Club (AMMC)

AMMC is a networking gateway and social platform that links Schulich MBA students with the arts industry, media industry and related fields. The club plans social opportunities to meet and hear from professionals in these industries, including managers, administrators, consultants and entrepreneurs.

For details, visit the GBC website.

Co-Curricular Activities

Participate on a sports team, attend a conference, or compete in case competitions. At Schulich, you’ll have numerous opportunities to make new friends and enrich your formal, in-class learning with co-curricular activities, both on and off campus.

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