Students in the Wisconsin MBA Program in arts administration have a track record of consistent placement in internships and full-time positions with cultural organizations around the nation. Graduates have found positions as directors, consultants, and executives with renowned museums, symphonies, and nonprofit organizations.

Common Job Titles for Graduates

  • Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • Consultant
  • Director of Development
  • Director of Education and Public Programming
  • Director of Operations
  • Executive Director
  • Finance Director
  • General Manager
  • Managing Director

Salary Data — Class of 2019


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Received full-time offers within three months of graduation
(Class of 2019)

Recent Full-Time Employers

  • American Family Insurance
  • Bangor Symphony Orchestra
  • Capacity Interactive
  • Center for Healthy Minds
  • Des Moines Performing Arts
  • gener8tor, LLC
  • Grand Rapids Symphony
  • Headlands Center for the Arts
  • Macalester College
  • Madison Children’s Museum
  • Madison Symphony Orchestra
  • New York City Ballet
  • Nordic Consulting Partners, Inc.
  • Overture Center for the Arts
  • Project Success, Inc.
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Shakespeare Theater Company
  • The Shed in NYC
  • Social Impact Institute
  • Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd.
  • Tessitura Network
Full-time employers for 2013–2020 shown.
Jara Kern

“The skills I gained in the Wisconsin MBA Program prepared me to make solid strategic choices and decisions for my organizations. The blend of business fundamentals and arts administration perspective has made me adept at communicating those changes at all levels of the organization, from patrons to the board.”

—Jara Kern, MBA
Founder and Consultant, Kern Marketing Works