The program

Is it an accredited program?

  • Yes, it is accredited. Our three schools are accredited. The diploma will bear the names of SMU and HEC with the participation of SDA Bocconi.

How many students will be accepted?

  • A maximum of 18 students will be accepted per cohort.

Why an international approach?

  • Because today there are more and more exchanges between artists and more and more exchanges of ideas. Doing business internationally on the global market is different from doing business in your own country because you have to deal with different cultures. Each market has its own way of doing business. By studying and being physically present in three countries, students will be in a better position to understand the cultural differences. Also, no country has the market cornered on good ideas. Different models help to inform us all.

Why is it useful for, say, a musician to learn about museums?

  • There won’t be courses such as museum management or music management. Our course context will teach arts management concepts that can be applied in any artistic sector. The basic principles are the same in all artistic fields. Courses will be offered in marketing, brand management, cultural policies, legal aspects, management of an arts company (dual management, for instance), running a board, and so forth. A broader education will help you to be flexible when you enter the job market and to be competitive in any arts sector.

How is this program different from those offered by other schools?

  • There is no other international program in arts management available. We offer a unique blend and depth of expertise. Most arts administration programs have one, two, or three full-time faculty members plus adjunct professors. We have 15 full-time professors plus adjunct faculty members. So when it is time to do your 6-credit project at the end of the program, you will have a choice of many professors to guide you. Lastly, all of the courses have a global focus. No other program allows you to study in three countries in a single year.

How is the MMIAM program world class?

How is the MMIAM program unique?

Will we study a language as part of the program?

  • No. The program is in English. There will be no language courses.

Will any hands-on experience be offered?

  • There will be no internship, so no hands-on component, but in all three countries we will have guest lecturers from industry. Also, we have outstanding international advisory committee members who will serve as conduits to the field in countries around the world.

Will any faculty members travel with students from one country to the next?

  • No. Each faculty member will remain at his or her university. As you travel from school to school, you will have an opportunity to meet new faculty members.

How does the program handle academic advisors?

  • The program has no elective courses or specializations so there is no need for an academic advisor for coursework.

What about supervision of the thesis?

  • Thesis topics will be approved and supervised by a faculty member at SDA Bocconi. Coursework throughout your year of study will provide you with ideas for your topic.

Will we specialize in a particular sector?

  • You will specialize only at the end of the program, when you undertake your 6-credit project.

Is it your plan/hope that your graduates will be sought after?

  • We hope that employers will be lining up. We hope to get the best candidates possible so that when they enter the market they will be an asset to any arts organization. We believe that our program offers more exposure to international realities than any other program.

Are you open to your students’ suggestions?

  • We are always open to our students’ suggestions. This program is designed to fill the needs of the arts field and we want our students to have the best experience possible. All students are welcome to help us to improve the program. We all believe in learning.

Preparation, selection criteria and application

Will we need to know, before the program begins, if we are interested in non-profit or for-profit organizations?

  • No, because you will be part of a cohort – meaning that all students take the same courses (except at Bocconi, where you will have some choice). In the courses, we will refer to both non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Since the program is open to different sectors, will we need to be aware of contemporary artists?

  • You will not be expected to be familiar with all the artistic sectors and contemporary artists. The faculty have expertise in a wide variety of disciplines and sectors. In class, there will be students from many disciplines, so there will be an exchange between the students.

Can you share your selection criteria?

  • We judge each candidate’s blend of experience and other criteria (detailed below).

Is age a factor in your selection?

  • No.

What is the minimum GMAT score required for acceptance into the program?

  • The GMAT score is one of the key evaluation elements. We prefer a score of 600 or above.
  • You may retake the GMAT exam once every 16 calendar days, but no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period (see GMAT site for details).

What is the minimum GRE score required for acceptance into the program?

  • The GRE score is one of the key evaluation elements. We prefer a score of 70% or above.
  • You may retake the GRE exam once every 21 days, but no more than five times in a rolling 12-month period (see ETS site for details).

What is the minimum TAGE-MAGE score required for acceptance into the program?

  • The TAGE-MAGE score is one of the key evaluation elements. We prefer a score of 275 or above.
  • No candidate may take the test more than once between December 1 of one year and November 30 of the next (see HEC site for details).

What is the minimum TOEFL score that you are looking for?

  • We are looking for scores of 100 or above.

What is the minimum IELTS score that you are looking for?

  • We are looking for scores of 6,5 or above.

What is the required score for my undergraduate GPA?

  • Your undergrad GPA should be 3.0 out of 4.3 or higher.

What are the additional evaluative criteria?

  • Additional evaluative criteria include the following: your professional experience in the arts as an artist or manager (type of position and number of years); your mastery of at least two languages; your experience studying or working outside your country of origin; the extent of your international experience; and your letters of recommendation.

What level of proficiency do you consider mastery of another language (other than English)?

  • We are looking for people who can demonstrate an interest in working in an international market. We are not looking for people who are fluent, but, for us, second-language skills are a sign that a person has an interest in other cultures. Of course, when you work in international markets, mastery of as many languages as possible is always an asset.

What level of proficiency must we have in the second language?

  • We will not be testing your proficiency in a language other than English. We trust that people will tell us the truth. If you know a bit of French, you will be able to practise it while in Montreal, and if you know a bit of Italian, you will be able to practise it in Milan, but not because of language courses (which you will not have).

May I apply to the program if my BA is not directly in the arts?

  • You may apply if your BA is not directly in the arts, but you should list all your work experience in the arts as well as any internships that you have held, and you should describe your motivation for working in this field (in the written statement). You should also show that you have an interest in working in an international market (interest in other cultures, languages, and so on).

What can I propose as a final project?

  • For example, a final project might be the organization of an international tour of a contemporary opera, the creation of a firm that organizes international logistics for jazz festivals, the study of regulations in different countries related to the coproduction of a film with multiple partners, or the creation of a virtual Indian museum that builds on many museums’ collections of Indian art. The analysis has to include markets in more than one country. We expect that students’ final project will evolve and possibly change over their year in the program from their initial intention. We are looking for an idea of where students’ interests lie.

If I am refused, may I apply again in the future?

  • Yes.

What are the admission deadlines?

  • There are three admission deadlines each year: November 15, January 15, and April 15.  We will share additional deadlines (“prescribed deadlines”) as you advance within the admission process.

Do I need to have sent all the application documents by the deadline of April 15?

  • You will need to send us the fully completed application form and the $100 US check to let us know your intentions to apply.  All other documents should be sent as soon as possible, but not later than May 15. One week after taking your GMAT or GRE please send us your unofficial results so that the Committee can make their decision.  The prompt deadlines allow students to complete the paperwork for the program visas and this takes time.

The fees

Is housing included in the tuition?

  • No. Travel costs between Dallas and Montreal and between Montreal and Milan are included in the tuition, but room and board are not included, nor are travel costs from your city to Dallas and from Milan to your city. We can direct you to off-campus furnished housing and student residency options. We will help to identify accommodations that keep your costs as low as possible.

Can my spouse live with me?

  • The housing choice is yours. It will be possible to rent an affordable apartment so that your spouse can be with you. But remember, the housing cost is yours as well.

Schedule and logistics

Can I return home between sessions?

  • You will be free to return home, at your own expense, between the Dallas and Montreal sessions (from mid-December to the beginning of January). However, you will not have time to return home between the Montreal and Milan sessions.

Will we have vacation periods?

  • No. The schedule will be tight.

Information sessions

Is it necessary to attend an information session before applying to the program?

  • It is not a requirement to attend one of our online information sessions.  However, we believe it is the best way to learn about the program and make the right decision in your next educational endeavor. We realize graduate school is a big investment and want to give you all of the tools to make the right decision. Follow this link to register to an information session.

My internet connection is often bad, I am not sure that I can attend your information session.

  • We encourage you to try to attend the information session online.  We can offer suggestions for attending on a slow connection. You can interrupt the video that allows you to see Professor Colbert by clicking on the green pause button just below the little window that will appear in your upper left corner. You will then be able to continue listening to Professor Colbert and see his slide presentation but will not see his image speaking. In some rare instances this still may not work. If this occurs simply send us an email at [email protected] and we will be happy to Skype or call you to discuss the program.