Degrees and Diplomas

At the DAN School, we offer a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management and a Master’s degree in Arts Leadership. These professional post-graduate programs equip students in all aspects of Arts Management and have been a catalyst for securing fulfilling careers with arts organizations across Canada. In addition, many of our faculty are also cross-appointed to the Department of Cultural Studies where they supervise students in their Master's and PhD Programs.

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Explore our various graduate degree and diploma programs below.

Our Graduate Diploma in Arts Management is a 4-month (or 12 week) diploma in which students take courses in artistic producing, marketing, philanthropy, contract negotiations, and accounting. This professional program augments the artistic acumen of entrepreneurial artists who wish to scale their capacity and supports those who plan to seek employment with professional arts organizations.

As a student in this hybrid summer intensive program (May-August), you will take courses in person for first half (6-weeks) of your Diploma before moving online for the second half of the summer term. See our Graduate programs section to learn more about the courses and the Diploma experience.

The Master of Arts in Arts Leadership is a 12-month Professional Master's program that combines graduate coursework with a paid internship at a professional arts organization. You can review courses and descriptions in the Arts and Science Course Calendar.

As a student in this program, you will complete duties at the host organization and complete a capstone report supervised by a faculty member. The capstone report focuses on a topic relevant to your placement and leverages the knowledge gained through your coursework.

Graduates of this program have gone on to establish rewarding careers in many of Canada's premier arts organizations.

The Department of Cultural Studies offers both course-based and research-based Master's degrees and a PhD program in Cultural Studies. Many DAN School faculty members supervise students in these programs.

Visit the Department of Cultural Studies to find out more about these programs, including a list of potential supervisors.  

The knowledge we gather through the Art Leadership program is a privilege. The professors are exemplary and through the program, they teach us the best practices for cultural institutions. But how can we use that knowledge without an opportunity to apply it in the field? Like many of my classmates, my internship was absolutely needed as a steppingstone into the industry. I started as an intern but quickly proved my leadership skills. I am now the acting Manager of Database & Membership at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. Working with a team who admires my education and is happy to have me on board.

Daniela Casas
Master of Arts Leadership, ‘22

How to Apply

Graduate students apply through the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

Application requirements and supporting materials for both the Graduate Diploma and Degree programs include:

 Completed a 4-year undergraduate degree in any area (BA, BSc, BMus, BFA)

 Achieved a minimum cumulative B+ GPA

 Names and contact information for two referees

 Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutes attended, sent by each institution directly to Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

 A non-refundable application fee of $110 CAN

Start your application by logging into the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs portal.

  1. Click "Create an Account" if you are a new applicant to a graduate program at Queen's

  2. Once your account is created, you will be asked to select your program

    • Select the "Diploma in Arts Management" if you wish to be considered for the 4-month program

    • Select "Master's in Arts Leadership" if you wish to be considered for the 12-month program

  3. You will also be asked to select your “Start Term” (May or September)

    • Students seeking entry into the Diploma in Arts Management will choose "May"

    • Students seeking direct entry into the Master's of Arts program will choose "May"

    • Students who have already completed a Graduate Diploma in Arts Leadership and are now seeking entrance to the Master's in Arts Leadership will choose "September"

Your application is considered complete after the following occurs:

 Completed application form

 Receipt of both Letters of Reference

 Receipt of transcripts directly from each academic institution attended

 Receipt of application fee payment

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  1. The application deadline is January 15 of each year for a May 1 or September 1 start.

  2. Notification of acceptance will be posted in the School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs portal.

  3. Questions about the application process? Contact our Graduate Program Assistant, Ms. Amie Bello.


1. How do I submit my transcripts?

Transcripts should be sent by each institution directly to Queen's School of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.

2. What are the tuition fees?

Tuition fees for domestic and international students are detailed through the Queen's Registrar Office.

Fees for domestic students:  Graduate Diploma: $6,078; M.A. Degree: $12,156

Fees for international students: Graduate Diploma $15,802; M.A. Degree: $31,604

All fees are in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.