Combined MA/MBA

The Graduate Program in Art History and the Schulich School of Business offers a three-year combined program leading to both a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts degree.

The combined MA/MBA degree programme offers students a unique opportunity for study. Graduates of this highly challenging program will follow career paths in which knowledge of the arts and of management and business are required. The MA/MBA programmes complement each other in focus and offer excellent preparation for those interested in management careers in the arts and cultural sector.

Admission Requirements for the Combined Degree

For acceptance into this combined program, students must meet the application requirements for both the MA and the MBA as outlined by the university. Students must have a four year undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Fine Arts earning a minimum B+ average. Students must earn a score on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) that meets or exceeds the minimum score required for admission into the MBA program.

Students should have relevant work experience within the arts or cultural industries. (This will be assessed by the admissions Committee which is made up of the Graduate Program Director in Art History, the MBA Arts and Media Coordinator, the Admissions Officer from the Schulich School of Business and a representative from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.)

Students may apply for admission after the successful completion of one year in either the MBA program or Art History Graduate Program.

The following offers an example of how this year might be structured:

Fall Term

  • ARTH 5110.03 Methods I
  • ARTH 5170.03 Museums and Galleries

Winter Term

  • ARTH 5130.03 Graduate Seminar in Contemporary Issues
  • ARTH 5140.03 Grad Art History Seminar

During the Intersession and Summer term, students may choose from several courses with a museum and gallery focus that are generally offered during this period. They may also choose to take MBA courses during the summer term.

Year 3

  • MGMT 6100.03 Strategy Field Study
  • ARTH 5190.03 Apprenticeship(s) (or Art History or cognate course)
  • ARTH 6010.03 Major Research Paper

Students may take two semester courses in the MBA program from the optional courses related to their specific interest; these courses might include not-for-profit management courses, legal aspects in the arts, exporting the arts, entrepreneurial studies, or management of artistic resources, etc. and should include the required policy course, if it has not been completed. Courses may, but need not, be taken from the Arts and Media (ARTM) slate.

In this third year of study, a very fine balance will be required to ensure that students have the opportunity, in what is likely to be their final year, to focus on their thesis or major research paper for their Masters degree which will reflect the focus of their studies. Note: The Art History Research Paper degree requires four core courses and five additional courses which can be fulfilled in art history (including internships), arts management or a cognate area. In the case of a thesis-focused degree, the student would devote his or her art historical studies in the third year of study to the thesis requirement.

Depending on the specific program and requirements, students may be encouraged to take some of these courses during the previous summer semester.

Program Length

The normal full-time load is 15.0 credit-hours of courses per term.  Students who enroll in the combined program should be able to complete it within a three year period. In so doing, students will meet all of the core program requirements in each individual program.  Cognate requirements in each program can be filled through course work in the parallel program.

Arts and Media Graduate Diploma

Students may add an Arts and Media Graduate Diploma to their combined MBA/MA degrees. The Arts and Media Graduate Diploma requirements can be found at Schulich School of Business.

If students are doing a graduate diploma in Arts and Media Administration, as well as the two degrees, the summer semester, after their third year of study, would be an appropriate time to meet the internship requirement, although some students may be able to complete an internship at an earlier point in their studies.

Financial Support

A number of scholarships and bursaries are available for first year students in the MBA program.  Students in the combined program who meet the requirements are eligible for this support for at least one year of study.  In addition, the Program in Arts and Media Administration offers support for internships -- particularly in the nonprofit sector -- for students who meet the criteria (which include meeting the Ontario Student Awards Program requirements).

In their second and third years of study, students may be eligible for research assistantships and teaching assistantships.