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

    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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Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts / Master of Arts (MBA / MFA / MA)

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. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • Acceptable scores on all measures of the GMAT or GRE
    • To send your scores for these tests to us please use the following codes:GMAT code Z75-X8-30 GRE code 5697
  3. Work Experience
    • Relevant full-time work experience within the arts or cultural industries is strongly recommended.
  4. Completion of the online application which requires:

*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

IELTS (Academic Test) 7.0 overall (minimum 6.5 on each dimension)
TOEFL 100 iBT (minimum 23 on each dimension)
Schulich’s TOEFL code is B710 with Department Code 02

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.


Those who have graduated from a Schulich degree-granting program within the last five years are eligible for the following:

  • GMAT/GRE waiver
    • if the student achieved a B+ or better GPA during their last two years of undergraduate studies at Schulich, or cumulatively across the Master of Management (MMgt) program
  • A $150 application fee waiver

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 Round 4***
September 2022* October 28, 2021 February 10, 2022 March 31, 2022 May 19, 2022

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

**International students are strongly encouraged to apply by Round 2 to allow for sufficient study permit processing time.

*** Late applications may be accepted pending space availability.

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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 (Schulich only)

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.

Fees below are based on the 2021-2022 fee framework, and are subject to change.

Student Status Full-Time Tuition per Term/Semester*

(charged in Fall 2021, Winter 2022, and Summer 2023)

Domestic Students
Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant,
Permanent Resident
$17,982
International Students
Visa/Study Permit
$26,730

*Fees are rounded to the nearest dollar and include supplementary fees. For full details on all current tuition, supplementary fees, and student health plans refer to the Student Financial Services website: https://sfs.yorku.ca/fees/courses.

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:

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  • 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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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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External Partners

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Forté Foundation

Forté Foundation is a non-profit consortium of leading companies and top business schools working together to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, opportunities, and a community of successful women. In partnership with the Forté Foundation, Schulich provides support to women applying for, and enrolling in their MBA through entrance awards, fellowships, professional development and networking events. Our goal is to create an environment that supports women and enables them to gain a competitive advantage in their careers.

To be considered as a Forté Fellow, you must submit an MBA application – no additional application is required. If you are interested in learning more about the Forté Fellowship program, please contact admissions@schulich.yorku.ca.

Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA)

Reaching-Out-MBA-Fellowship

Reaching Out MBA‘s mission is to increase the influence of the LGBT+ community in business by educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni. The ROMBA LGBT+ Fellowship Program is a joint effort between prominent business schools and Reaching Out to develop the out LGBT+ and active ally business leaders of tomorrow. As a ROMBA partner school, Schulich is dedicated to award up to two fellowships to eligible incoming MBA students. Each Fellow will receive a minimum $20,000 scholarship and access to exclusive leadership programming including an all-expenses-paid retreat by ROMBA.

To be considered as a ROMBA Fellow, you must submit an MBA application for the Fall (September) intake and indicate your interest of being considered as a ROMBA Fellow to your admission officer. If you are interested in learning more about the ROMBA Fellowship program, please contact admissions@schulich.yorku.ca.

 

Access to Success

Access to Success

Access to Success Organization is a Toronto-based not-for-profit that supports the development of future leaders with disabilities and assistive tech. It manages several unprecedented initiatives, including up to $90,000 in annual Access to Success Fellowships for MBA students with disabilities at four of Canada’s top business schools, the world’s first study on disability inclusion in MBA programs, and ATS Labs – Canada’s first accelerator for accessibility startups. As an Access to Success partner school, Schulich is dedicated to award up to three fellowships to eligible incoming MBA students. Each Fellow will receive a $5,000 fellowship along with personalized recruiting support, networking, mentorship, and other exclusive opportunities provided by the Access to Success Organization.

The Access to Success Fellowship is established and managed by the Access to Success Organization, a not-for-profit that supports the development of future leaders with disabilities. This merit-based Fellowship celebrates outstanding students who identify as having a disability and have demonstrated excellence in academic, professional or extracurricular areas.

To be considered as an Access to Success fellowship, you must submit an MBA application and indicate your interest of being considered for the fellowship to your admission officer. To learn more about the Access to Success Fellowship program, please contact admissions@schulich.yorku.ca.