Master in Arts Management and Administration

The Art of Managing the Arts.

Next Start 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

Looking around at various masters in Cultural Management I was sure MAMA was the best choice for me. After my time at SDA Bocconi, I can say that I was right. Through the study of international cases, meetings with major institutions and professionals in the field and courses with top level professors, the MAMA program prepares its students to overcome the apparent contradiction between management and culture and to ensure the long-term sustainability of cultural institutions to maximize impact. MAMA alumni are critical thinkers with a full set of tools to develop the cultural institutions of the future.
Learning these tools, working in teams with amazing people from all over the world and applying theory constantly to real cases made the experience worthwhile. Combining this with private visits to the most spectacular Italian heritage and cultural sites made it unique.

Damasia Patino Mayer - French/Argentinian
MAMA 2017

After lengthy experience gained working in major museums in Italy and Europe, we have applied our historical, critical and scientific knowledge to the creation and management of public and private art collections: from Italy to the Middle East, India and China. Through our international and multicultural network, we offer an across-the-board consultancy service, carefully tailored to suit the specific requirements of collectors, companies and institutions. These include New York University Abu Dhabi, for whom we created their art collection. We are proud of our new alliance with the Master in Arts Management and Administration (MAMA) at the prestigious SDA Bocconi. The purpose of the course is to bridge the gap between academic and business worlds. Indeed, our experience has taught us that now more than ever the art world needs new multidisciplinary professionals, creative, open minded, and sensitive to the most diverse cultural environments.

Marina Pizziolo

Art Consulting, Milan and Dubai


Upcoming face-to-face meetings
Mar 2023 13:00 - 17:00 | CET
Orientation Meetings - Parigi
Language ENGLISH
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Mar 2023 13:00 - 20:00
Orientation Meetings - Firenze
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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.


    The COVID-19 global crisis has turned the world upside down and drastically changed our routines. Business rules are being re-written and that is exactly why, today more than ever, management education is the most crucial asset for people and organizations to reset their vision and account for this new reality. Making the choice to grow professionally means being confident about the future and ready to change for the better.
    Take advantage of the expertise of our team who can advise you on how to find the best way to reach your professional goals. They will provide you with customized information and support to choose the program that best fits your profile. You will find details here for all our meetings and initiatives.

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Next Steps

Nov 2022
Application Review Start

Go to admissions

31st May 2023
Deadline application
Sept 2023
Program Start
Dec 2024
Program End

News & Social

17 March 2023
Social Economic Impacts in the Arts: the new MAMA course in collaboration with BCG
Theory, tools and strategies for a more socially aware and sustainable approach to the world of ...
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09 February 2023
The Museo Egizio in Turin and MAMA create the (digital) future of cultural institutions ...
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