Graduate Programs

MBA / MFA in Theatre Management

The Master of Business Administration/Master of Fine Arts (MBA/MFA) in Theatre Management is a three-year, full time program (including two summer sessions) offered jointly between the Theatre Arts Department and the Graduate School of Business.

One of only a handful of programs in the country, the CSULB MBA/MFA in Theatre Management program prepares professionals in all areas of both administration and business for professional careers in arts management — in performing and exhibiting arts organizations, in arts service organizations, in government, funding agencies, and arts councils. The program prepares students for administrative leadership positions and provides the background essential for advancement in professional management careers. The CSULB MBA/MFA in Theatre Management curriculum emphasizes full-time professionally oriented study of a specific theatre discipline. In addition to academic and professional studies, Graduate Managers work under professional conditions with California Repertory Company (Cal Rep), an integral part of the CSULB Theatre Arts MBA/MFA Program.

The CSULB MBA/MFA Theatre Management program is aligned with a not-for-profit, organizational management approach. Graduate Theatre Managers take courses in principles of nonprofit management, fundraising, strategic planning, producing, marketing, and leadership. Skills and understanding are enhanced through collaboration with the Faculty in the College of Business and by internship opportunities at the Los Angeles-area’s many professional theaters.