Taught course

International Arts Management

HEC Montreal · HEC Montreal
M.M. (Master of Management)

Entry requirements

Your application will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • application form duly completed and submitted by the deadline
  • undergraduate diploma earned with a grade point average of at least 3.0 out of 4.3; for studies undertaken in a foreign country, the diploma must be deemed equivalent and must have been obtained after at least 16 years of education
  • relevant work experience in the arts or cultural industries
  • official results of the TAGE-MAGE or GMAT or GRE, and, for students whose first language is not English, TOEFL or IELTS (English comprehension)
  • your two letters of recommendation
  • quality of your essays

Months of entry


Course content

The Master of Management in International Arts Management (MMIAM) is designed for those with an undergraduate arts degree and those who are frontline cultural managers (tour managers, managers of travelling exhibitions, heads of film co-productions, international marketing managers, artist managers).

The MMIAM offers you:

  • high-calibre international training that draws on the expertise of three of the world’s top-ranked universities in the area of cultural management, geared for a select clientele interested in working in a global context in the performing arts, museums, film, sound recording, publishing or the media;
  • assistance with locating a strategic position within a cultural organization;
  • a bridge to doctoral studies in marketing and management of the arts and cultural industries.


The program’s mission is to train a new generation of managers who currently hold positions related to the international dimension of organizations active in the performing arts, in the heritage sector (museums, historic sites), or in cultural industries (film, publishing, sound recording, radio and television).

Goals and learning objectives

The MMIAM program is designed to:

  • provide insight into management processes and the ways in which arts organizations operate within the various management disciplines, including marketing, fundraising, human resources, finance, production and distribution, and administration;
  • identify and encourage the development of best practices in arts and cultural management;
  • explore the impact of legal, economic and cultural policy on the arts;
  • address issues of international relevance to arts and cultural organizations, rigorously and in detail;
  • present students with theory, case studies, hands-on learning and empirical research in the field of arts and cultural management;
  • provide a forum for challenging and debating theories and models, as well as their application in global arts and cultural practice.


The duration of the program is 12 months. You must have completed your courses and your final project by the end of this 12-month period, starting from the date of the first class. All students in the program must be registered on a full-time basis in all three sessions.


The program comprises 45 crédits.

As a MMIAM student, you will be required to complete a total of 39 course credits, in addition to completing a final project worth 6 credits.


The 45 credits making up the MMIAM are evenly divided among the three institutions, as follows:

Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA
15 credits (5 courses, 3 credits each)
Theme: Management of Non-profit Arts Organizations and Private-Sector Funding
Period: August to December.

HEC Montréal in Montréal, Canada (with a 10-day campus at Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia)
15 credits (10 courses, 1.5 credits each)
Theme: Marketing
Period: January to April

SDA Bocconi in Milan, Italy
15 credits (3 courses, 3 credits each, and a final project worth 6 credits)
Theme: Cultural Industries – final project supervision
Period: May to July

Fees and funding

UK students
40,000 USD
International students
40,000 USD

SMU Meadows School of the Arts, HEC Montréal and SDA Bocconi provide a limited number of tuition scholarships to new students who have been reviewed by the admissions committee and demonstrate the highest level of achievement in their academic and artistic careers. These awards are at different monetary values based upon this evaluation and are contingent upon formal admission to the Universities.

Graduate applicants who wish to apply for tuition scholarships must mention it on the MMIAM program’s application form (check the appropriate option button on p. 4).

Qualification and course duration

M.M. (Master of Management)

full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations35
Written coursework / continuous assessment50

Course contact details

+1 (514) 340-6925
+1 (514) 340-6432