Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy


Lead with Confidence

An eight-month online and in-person Ivy League certification designed to advance your career in arts and culture.

The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy is a premier opportunity for professionals working in the arts and culture sector to learn valuable skills in strategy, fundraising, financial management, governance, and marketing while forging meaningful connections with a diverse cohort of leaders – all at a uniquely affordable price.


Since 2015, NAS has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice to implement an actionable, skills-based curriculum taught by the world’s leading business minds. Through the program’s blended learning environment, participants can learn online and at their own pace while forming lasting relationships that provide opportunities for support and career advancement during live online sessions and an in-person convening at the University of Pennsylvania.


Graduates from the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy will join a network of more than 300 professionals working to challenge the status quo around the world and have opportunities to connect at NAS community activities.


You’ll receive…

an Ivy League certificate through our partnership with the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, an internationally renowned academic institution.

You’ll gain…

concrete skills you can immediately apply to your work. Implement tools in real-time to positively impact your organization the right way.

You’ll join…

an international cohort of arts leaders, growing your network and building a community of support with whom you can connect and collaborate.

You’ll learn…

at your own pace. Courses are designed to be flexible around your busy life. Most students report spending an average of 4-6 hours per week on coursework.

This unique program is designed to give you expert industry knowledge, flexible scheduling, a powerful professional network and an Ivy League credential that will help you reshape the cultural landscape.

2022 Schedule


  • Early Decision Deadline: July 11, 2021
  • Regular Decision Deadline: August 29, 2021
  • Online Orientation: December 2021
  • Online Learning: January – July 2022
  • Closing Convening: August 2022
    University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA

Who Should Apply

You are:

  • An early to mid-career professional (at least 3 years of experience) in the arts and culture sector
  • Or, seeking to enter the sector (with a minimum of 3 years work experience)
  • Curious, open and driven
  • Searching for tools and frameworks to help you navigate and move forward in your career

No prerequisites in education or otherwise are required. The Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy strives to be accessible to leaders at all stages of their careers. All professionals interested in advancing their careers in the arts and cultural field are invited to apply.

Program Cost

Tuition for the eight-month Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy is $5,950 and covers all materials required to successfully complete the program. Students are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs for the in-person convening in Philadelphia.


A limited number of scholarships are available during the Early Decision Period. Submit your application before July 30, 2021 to be considered for partial tuition coverage.


Want to learn more about the Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy? Join us at an upcoming webinar:


Information Session: June 29 @ 2:30pm EDT / 11:30am PDT


Alumni Panel: July 8 @ 12:00pm EDT / 9:00am PDT


What Our Alumni Have to Say

We’re proud that our Executive Program alumni have used the knowledge and skills they’ve gained in the program to become leaders in the world of arts and culture strategy.