Cultural Management MA

Study period: 2 years


Volume of Studies: 120 ECTS


Study form: daytime and evening studies


Study language: English


Location: EBS Tallinn and Estonian Academy of Music and Arts, EMTA


Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Social Sciences

The two-year full-time Master Programme in Cultural Management is a joint initiative with Estonian Business School and Estonian Academy of Arts. The programme is international, interdisciplinary and flexible with an emphasis on management of culture and creative industries. The MA programme is intended for those interested in managing cultural institutions and organizing projects - ideal for anyone with experience in the field or deeper interest in culture. Through active learning methods and lively discussion, the course offers students a chance to engage in cultural discourse, learn about creative industries and cultural entrepreneurship while also providing access to creative networks. The latest curricular development will provide a special module on managing creative projects with a societal impact.

The aim of the programme is to prepare professional managers of arts organizations with creative leadership skills and vision; entrepreneurs promoting Estonian cultural industries in an international context; administrators and decision-makers in the field of cultural policy and creative industries strategies, who are able to work in and understand the working mechanisms of different cultural fields.

Lectures are delivered in English and international topics are taught by guest lecturers from the UK, USA, Austria, Serbia, Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Finland. Courses in management and entrepreneurship are offered by Estonian Business School to provide relevant knowledge on effective management, leadership and entrepreneurship. In addition to lecturers and professors from Estonian Business School, the programme also brings the experience of local experts and top-managers in the field. Courses related to arts and design are provided by the Estonian Academy of Arts. Our balanced approach to practical and theoretical aspects treats all the fields of culture equally. As a student of the joint MA in Cultural Management programme you will experience the diversity of cultural life in Tallinn and study in the very heart of the city alongside the creative talents of students in the performing and visual arts. You will also have an opportunity to study or carry out an internship abroad. See international exchange options here.

Graduates from our programme work in the private and/or public sector - embassies, government organisations, universities, theatres, museums, NGOs, foundations (e.g. Kultuurikatel, PÖFF film festival, Jazzkaar festival) and private sector companies. Ninety-five per cent (95%) of our graduates are employed in the field of culture and creative industries; see the gallery of our alumni on our Facebook album!

  • Organisation of studies

Studies for the next group will commence in September 2016. Classes take place in the centre of Tallinn, and the schedule will be sent to new students by e-mail in July. Studies are organized as a combination of obligatory and elective courses that are delivered either as weekly lectures that run throughout the semester or intensive blocks over 3 to 5 days. This means students can benefit from a flexible programme to balance studies with work and other commitments. The first three semesters have quite full schedules, while apart from a couple of seminars the fourth semester is free for you to work on your MA thesis. As part of our individual approach to all students, you may be eligible for advanced standing in recognition of previous studies and work (VÕTA programme). International students may also apply for a DORA scholarship. Further information on these programmes will be given to foreign students after admission.

  • Admission

Successful candidates do not need to have previous qualifications in culture or the arts, but must have at least a Bachelor's degree and a specific interest or practical experience in a cultural field. We welcome all candidates with a keen interest or practical experience in cultural entrepreneurship. The tuition fee for the cultural management programme is 2500 € per year. The academy's Rector holds the right to reduce the tuition fee for a limited number of cases. International and local candidates will be assessed based on the same criteria and the results of the entrance essay and interview.

Documents required:

  • electronic application;
  • 1 photo (electronic form);
  • copy of identity card or passport (including corresponding document's page that carries the personal identification code);
  • copy of document certifying change of name, if the applicant has had a name change;
  • copy of document certifying completion of the previous educational level with a certificate with grades or diploma supplement;
  • CV in English;
  • an essay in English (3-5 A4 pages) on a topic related to cultural management.

Documents are to be submitted to the Admissions Committee, see further details and dates here. Documents submitted shall not be returned. Foreign candidates may also initially send copies of their documents electronically to Originals (or certified copies) can be presented or sent to the Academy later.

Entrance interviews will take place in Tallinn at the end of June. A video-interview via Skype is possible for foreign students. The time for the interview will be scheduled with each candidate individually. The interview will be held in English.

Accommodation: Our students can rent a room at our new dormitory in the city centre. Muusa Majutus has been established by the Estonian Art Academy and Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. See more about the dormitory here.

Contact for further information:
Anna Ranczakowska
Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Tel +372 6675 738


The subjects taught at EBS are:

  • International Business Law 6 ECTS
  • Organisational Behaviour 3 ECTS
  • Project Management 3 ECTS
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods 6 ECTS
  • Financial Accounting 3 ECTS
  • Strategic Management 6 ECTS
  • Entrepreneurship and Business Planning 3 ECTS
  • Media Relations 3 ECTS

For further information please visit Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre website