The Master of Arts in Art Business is designed for both the aspiring and established professional with a passion for the visual arts and a desire to master the market and management dynamics that drive artistic and commercial values today.

The MA in Art Business prepares you for transformative roles in leading art businesses, initiatives, and organizations. Our focus on market dynamics and entrepreneurship gives you the skills and the knowledge to start your own ventures or build on existing ones. And our extensive network of alumni and professional contacts give you access to the people and resources you will need to make meaningful change in the art world and beyond.

We are the only art business graduate program on the west coast and the only program focused on the Pacific Rim, with courses dedicated to East Asian markets and field study trips to Latin America. We are also the only art business graduate program within a fully accredited, non-profit university, which means we are serving an educational mission as opposed to investors.

Program Highlights
  • Study full- or part-time with a flexible structure that includes mixes of online, hybrid, and in-person formats.
  • Begin in either fall or spring semesters.
  • Attend in-person classes, events, and programs in downtown Los Angeles.
  • Work with professional faculty drawn from from LA’s arts and cultural leadership as well scholars from CGU’s Drucker School of Management, School of Arts & Humanities, Center for Information Systems & Technology, and Museum Leadership Institute.
  • Access the full curriculum of the MA in Arts Management.
  • Experience international and domestic field study travel opportunities. Past trips have included Hong Kong for Art Basel, Shanghai, and Mexico City.

Program at a Glance

40 units

3 semesters

Fall | Spring

MA in Art Business

Featured Courses

Art Market Dynamics

Introduces students to the structures and dynamics of international art markets: the people, places, and institutions responsible for the flow of works around the globe as well as by and through which they gain their value.

Looking at and Writing About Art for Arts Professionals

Practice-based workshop dedicated to writing about the art in all genres and contexts, including artist profiles, wall texts, press releases, critical reviews, and news coverage.

Appraising Contemporary Art

Learn the methodology of personal property appraisal with an emphasis on contemporary art. Explore the duties of a professional appraiser; different types of appraisals, value and valuation approaches, the challenges specific to appraising contemporary works of art.

Curatorial Practice

Learn the function and role of the contemporary curator through a year-long cycle of the hands-on planning, mounting, and managing of a contemporary art exhibition in Los Angeles.

Startup Studio

The capstone to the Art Business entrepreneurship sequence in which teams of students develop and pitch ideas for new ventures to panels of investors and arts and culture leaders.

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Field Study

Field study travel introduces students to emerging and established art markets, and provides behind the scenes access to artists, art businesses, arts organizations, and leaders in the field. The trips are designed to accelerate the formation of international networks and ensure familiarity with the complexity of the international arts landscape.

View recent international itineraries:

Past global destinations include:

  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai
  • Beijing
  • Seoul
  • Tokyo
  • Mexico City

Past destinations within LA include:

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, LA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, LA
  • The Broad
Capstone Sequences

Every CBMArts student completes a capstone sequence, which is the culmination of your degree, synthesizing everything that you have learned throughout the program. It is also designed as a bridge to your professional life, serving as a powerful demonstration of the skills you’ve developed at CGU as you enter or continue your work in the arts and cultural field. Each capstone sequence comprises both course work and a final project or deliverable that stems from your own intellectual and creative pursuits.

Students in the Art Business and Arts Management programs may complete their degree requirements through any sequence below. (At this time, interfield students are required to follow the Entrepreneurship Sequence.)

Core Faculty

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Jonathan T.D. Neil

Director, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

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Alma Ruiz

Senior Fellow, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

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Kibum Kim

Program Director, Art Business

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Jay Prag

Clinical Full Professor

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Hovig Tchalian

Assistant Professor of Practice


Affiliated Faculty

Joshua Goode

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and History
Chair, History Department


Carmine Iannaccone

Adjunct Professor of Art


Melody Kanschat

Professor of Practice in Arts Management


Rachel Lachowicz

Professor of Studio Art


Lorne Olfman

Director, Center for Information Systems & Technology


David Pagel

Professor of Art Theory and History
Chair, Art Department
Roland Reiss Endowed Chair in Art


James Wallace

Associate Professor of Accounting



Adjunct Faculty

Leticia Buckley

Senior Civic Strategist, The Music Center


Steven Chen

Professor of Marketing, CSU Fullerton


Samantha Culp

Writer / Curator / Producer / Creative Strategist, Netflix


Jessica Cusick

President, Cusick Consulting


Letitia Fernandez-Ivins

Creative Services Manager, LA Metro


Rachel Fine

Executive Director/CEO, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts


Kim Glann

Cross-Sector Manager, LACDAC


Lela Hersh

Senior Lecturer of Arts Administration & Policy, SAIC - Art Advisor / Curator / Appraiser, ISA


Bronwyn Mauldin

Director of Research & Evaluation, LACDAC


John McGuirk

Senior Fellow, Community Foundation of Sonoma County


Kavior Moon

Liberal Arts Faculty, SCI-Arc


Rebecca Norris

Independent Researcher, Collection Specialist


Rosemary Ringwald

Managing Director, U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management


Christopher S. Reed

Senior Vice President of Intellectual Property, Fox Corporation


Ed Schad

Curator & Publications Manager,
The Broad


Robin Sukhadia

Major Gifts Officer, The Colburn School


Irene Tsatsos

Director of Exhibition Programs / Chief Curator, Armory Center for the Arts


Kejia Wu

Columnist, Financial Times China


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T: 909-607-7811