Master in Arts Management and Administration

The Art of Managing the Arts.

Next Start 27 Sept 2023
Duration 12 Months
Language English
Format Full-Time
Avg. Working
4 years
Where Milano

Leveraging Italy’s excellence in cultural heritage and artistic production, the Specialized Master in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA) is a full-time 1-year program in English, offering 70 ECTS/CFU credits, designed for talented students from all over the world,  with international vocation profiles and a passion for the arts.



MAMA aims to support artistic innovation and cultural development worldwide, by strengthening the leadership and management skills required for arts organizations to thrive, and for your career to flourish in a wide range of organizations operating in the arts sector.


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Founding partners

Who is it for?

MAMA is the Master for you if:

  • You are passionate about arts and culture and are looking for a well-rounded managerial preparation, with a specialized focus on the art world and on the cultural industries
  • You want a career as a professional, manager, consultant, or entrepreneur in artistic and cultural fields
  • You want to improve your managerial expertise in one of Europe’s leading schools of management
  • You want to get in touch with top Italian and international arts organizations and their leaders



Art is an ally not an enemy

Alumni Stories: Trevor Pichanick

Performance footage courtesy and copyright of the Komische Oper Berlin.



MAMA Partnerships

Juan Ignacio Vidarte

Director General, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Marco Balich

President, Balich Worldwide Shows

Muriel Mayette-Holtz

Past Director, French Academy in Rome - Villa Medici

Many institutions in the fields of Heritage and Performing Arts are participating in the MAMA program with lectures, company visits, research projects, and internships for students. The strong relationship between MAMA and its partners started with ten founding partners, and the network has increased month after month with new connections and agreements.

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Italian Excellence

Inspired by Italy’s cultural heritage, SDA Bocconi School of Management shows its expertise in three of the highlights of Italian Excellence, namely the arts, fashion and design and food and beverage.

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Why choose us?

1. Well-rounded managerial preparation, with a specialized focus

You will follow a focused training path, providing you with a specifically tailored managerial approach for the arts and the cultural industry.

2. Theoretical business foundation and applied&practical activities

You will become part of a world-class School of Management and of MAMA excellent network, sharing best practices and offering insights in arts management.

3. Seminars and visits culminating in the Grand Tour in Italy

You will get a managerial perspective of the greatest World Cultural Heritage sites and develop your analytical skills through several seminars and insider visits.

4. Final internship or field project

You will get ready for different roles in the world of Art Management by applying  all the knowledge and experience gained during the program and carrying out your Internship/Field Project/Personal Start-up.



Musei Vaticani, Christie's,

Int'l Students

from 18 countries

Cultural Institutions

visited during
MAMA Grand Tour

Knowledge Center

In collaboration with Arts & Culture Knowledge Center

Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

The MAMA Class

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Inside My MAMA SDA Bocconi programs offer a unique and personalized learning experience. Enter the world of MAMA to discover its unique contents.

“Why MAMA? Because you love arts and you think we need managers to innovate and develop them. Because it is time to get rid of the eternal dualism between curatorship and management, we need competent managers with passion and interest for the artistic field they work in, respecting roles and differences, and contributing to the development of the field.”

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Andrea Rurale
"Arts and culture are critical for the development of individuals and communities. This is why the MAMA program challenges students to find innovative and effective solutions to complex problems in the arts sector. Plus, it all happens in a multicultural and stimulating environment under the guidance of skilled professors and stimulating classmates."




Piergiacomo Mion Dalle Carbonare
MAMA Coordinator

What they say about MAMA

Field trips are always stimulating, where we have the opportunity to meet and talk with great names of the Italian cultural scene. During the conversation with Paolo Baratta, President of Biennale di Venezia, it was interesting to understand his vision of art’s social function and the role of the Venice Biennale in the contemporary art scene. Baratta pointed out that visitors should be treated as people and not customers. The exhibitions are about exchanges between the art and the visitor, and their unique experience, where every visitor has the chance to be motivated and inspired by them. Learning from different points of view, perspectives and institutions makes the MAMA at SDA Bocconi a more diverse and dynamic program. Going beyond school walls give us practical skills, expanding the knowledge we learn in the classroom.

Mariana Vieira Marcondes - Brazilian
MAMA Student

MAMA not only sets you up with an exceptional start working in the Arts Sector, but it also provides you with an invaluable dive into Italian culture and enables you to meet incredible people from all around the world.

Paula Trommel
MAMA 2020
Director, Corinth Consulting


Upcoming face-to-face meetings
Sep 2023 15:00 - 19:00 | CEST
Orientation meetings - New York
Language ENGLISH
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Sep 2023 21:00 | CEST
Sep 2023
Orientation Meetings - Washington DC
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Upcoming online sessions
Oct 2023 14:00 - 14:45 | CEST
Let’s talk about MAMA Program
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Nov 2023 13:00 - 14:00 | CET
Chat with the MAMA coordinator
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Personalized Orientation

MAMA is a challenge to be taken on with a strong dedication. The director and his team will be happy to arrange an individual orientation meeting at school to answer your questions and give you personalized advice. We can also do this by remotely phone or Skype. 

SDA Bocconi organizes events and meetings throughout the year, both online and offline, where you can interact with directors, faculty, alumni, and staff.


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Contact us for more information, to arrange a meeting, request to visit the school, or attend a class.

Next Steps

Nov 2022
Application Review Start

Go to admissions

27 Sept 2023
Program Start
Dec 2024
Program End

News & Social

15 June 2023
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SDA Bocconi Alumna Sara Menato recently founded a start-up dedicated to the world of fine wine.
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17 April 2023
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SDA Bocconi Alumnus Paolo Petrocelli was recently named Young Global Leader by the World ...
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