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

Schulich School of Business - York University
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Toronto
September 2021

Toronto
September 2021

Toronto
September 2021

Program description

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

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.

Admission requirements

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.

An undergraduate degree from a recognized post-secondary institution 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 one year of work experience beyond the required minimum.

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 (full-time program), Z75-X8-23 (part-time program) or GRE code 5697

Work Experience

  • Minimum two years of relevant post-degree, full-time work experience or life experience

Completion of the online application which requires:

  • Essays (2 written, 1 timed written, 2 video)
  • An up-to-date resume
  • Two references
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions*
  • Unofficial copies of GMAT or GRE scores*

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

  • 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

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Program content

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

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Full time fee for Domestic Students: $17,973 per Term/Semester
  • Full time fee for International Students: $26,722 per Term/Semester

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.

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

  • Bell
  • CBC
  • AGO
  • Warner Music Group

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Schulich School of Business - York University

The Schulich School of Business, based in Toronto Canada, has been consistently ranked as the number one business school in Canada by organizations like The Economist Magazine, CNN Expansion and Forbes. Schulich offers a Bachelor of Business Administration, and an...


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Schulich School of Business - York University

4700 Keele Street
M3J 1P3 Toronto Ontario
Canada

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