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Pratt Institute

Program in Arts and Cultural Management

New York, NY

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Pratt Institute Offers Master's Degree in Arts and Cultural Management

Pratt Institute is one of the top art, design, and architecture schools in the nation. It is known for its broad range of programs, award-winning faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Pratt Institute awards undergraduate and graduate degrees in its schools of architecture, art and design, information and library science, and liberal arts and sciences.

Located in Brooklyn, New York, with an additional campus in Manhattan, Pratt Institute attracts students from 44 states and 72 countries. Current total student population is over 2,925 undergraduates and about 1,230 graduate students

Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management

Pratt Institute offers the Master of Professional Studies in Arts and Cultural Management (M.P.S.) degree through its School of Art and Design. The Arts and Cultural Management graduate program (A.C.M.P.) was developed to prepare arts and cultural professionals for leadership and senior-level management roles within the fields of philanthropy, nonprofit, public, and private sector arts and cultural agencies. The program also prepares arts and cultural professionals to run their own organizations.

The program provides future managers with the theoretical, analytical, and practical skills needed to respond creatively to the changing cultural, economic, and social environment. Ethical decision making, innovative problem solving, and sustainable practice are the curriculum's primary characteristics.

Prestigious Faculty with High Professional Standards

Pratt Institute is known for its accomplished faculty of professional artists, designers, critics, historians, and practitioners whose works are recognized and respected around the world. Many are recipients of prestigious national accolades, including Tiffany, Fulbright, and Guggenheim Awards.

A.C.M.P. Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate experience and interest in applying the arts to shaping our shared world. The program provides the strategic leadership skills to enable participants to manage, market, innovate, resource and run creative enterprise and to use the arts to connect culture, community and commerce. The required statement of purpose should reflect the applicant's personal vision of how this program fits in with  their personal and professional goals including how the applicant hopes to use the skills they acquire in this program. The statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words or two pages. A TOEFL score of 82 Internet (IELTS of 6.5) is required of international students. The GMAT is optional and not required.

Combining Business Skills with Social and Political Awareness

A.C.M.P. coursework covers nonprofit management practices, public policy, and other contemporary issues. The importance of developing business acumen is emphasized, with courses such as Organizational Behavior, Financial Planning and Budget Management in the 21st Century, Nonprofit Law and Governance, Fundraising for Arts and Culture, and Strategic Marketing for Arts and Culture. The program also delves into the broader social and political issues that arts and cultural institutions face through courses such as Art in the Urban Environment, Managing Innovation and Change, and Cultural Plagiarism in the United States.

Capstone Experience Is Hands On

Students have the opportunity to take 1 of 3 experiential learning options as their capstone experience. These include an internship, Team Pratt (3 students are retained by an arts/cultural organization to address a specific management problem), or case study development. Each option is divided into Thesis Part I (2 credits), taken in the fall semester of the second year, and Thesis Part II (2 credits), taken in the spring of the second year.

Facilities, Resources, and Career Development

All of Pratt Institute's programs are supported by state-of-the-art computer facilities. In addition, Pratt has extensive gallery space which features the work of students, alumni, faculty, and other well-known artists and designers throughout the academic year.

Pratt also maintains an online database -- PrattPro -- which lists jobs, internships, and mentors exclusively available for Pratt students and alumni.

Financial Aid at Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute offers a variety of financial support services designed to help students fund their education. Funding can include grants, loans, work-study, or scholarships. Tuition management programs are available to help students pay in installments over time.

Most awards are based on financial need and academic ability. To apply for need-based aid including student loans, students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Campuses in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Pratt Institute is situated on 25 beautifully landscaped acres in the historic Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, New York. Its Manhattan campus is located on 14th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues and houses the Graduate School for Information and Library Science, and also the graduate programs in Communications and Package Design, Design Management, and Arts and Cultural Management. Both campuses are accessible to public transit lines and regional trains.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 15

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Thesis Required


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
Application Fee - International
applications accepted?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 5th January 5th No
Spring deadline October 1st October 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Requirements Statement of purpose

Tuition & Fees

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees
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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards February 1
Types of financial support available Health Care Benefits
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships
Career or field-related internships
Federal Work-Study
Financial support for part-time students

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 6%
Black or African American 4%
White or Caucasian 16%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 4%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 8%
Unknown 2%


Male (10%)
Female (90%)

Location & Contact

Address 144 West 14th Street
New York, NY  10011
United States
Contact Dr. Mary McBride
Phone: 212-647-7538
Fax: 212-367-2480

Pratt Institute