The Art of Managing the Arts.

Next Start 25 Sept 2024
Duration 12 Months
Language English
Format Full-Time
Avg. Working
5 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 21 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

What they say about MAMA

The management of Italy's historic-artistic and musical heritage requires professional figures, combined with artistic ones, able to effectively promote and value the infinite resources available in our country, creating value for the entire cultural system. SDA Bocconi’s MAMA Program represents a unique opportunity for revitalizing the musical activities through the training of specialized and dedicated professionals.

Andrea Cigni

Superintendent and Artistic Director, Fondazione Teatro Amilcare Ponchielli, Cremona

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


Upcoming face-to-face meetings
Jul 2024 08:30 - 09:30 | LOCAL TIME
SDA Bocconi Campus Life Experience
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Jul 2024 16:00 - 17:00 | LOCAL TIME
SDA Bocconi Campus Life Experience
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Upcoming online sessions
Jun 2024 18:00 - 19:00 | CEST
MAMA: Q&A Session on the MAMA Program and its career opportunities
Language ENGLISH
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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 phone or remotely. 

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 2023
Application Review Start


25 Sept 2024
Program Start
Dec 2025
Program End

News & Social

12 March 2024
Students presented a tourism product for the MAMA Hackathon with YesMilano
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27 September 2023
Rione Sanità: an inclusive creative neighborhood in Naples
By Charalampos Chronis, MAMA 2023 Candidate
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