Leadership for Creative Enterprises

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Northwestern University

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset for the business side of entertainment, media, and arts. Connect your creative expertise with business practices tailored for the creative sector, including marketing, finance, and law. Refine your leadership and collaboration skills and be a business trailblazer, whether you’re working with a theater company, fashion designer, media company, production studio, or museum.

Goals and Objectives

By integrating theory and research with real-world practice and direct engagement with industry leaders, professionals in Northwestern’s MS in Leadership for Creative Enterprises (MSLCE) are well prepared to make positive impact in the business of entertainment, the arts, and media.

Interact one-on-one with amazing professors, students, and industry pros, adding a whole new dimension to your graduate experience.

The only degree of its kind, Northwestern’s MSLCE is specific to the creative industries you are passionate about and develops the leadership and collaboration skills highly sought by employers. What better place to learn about business and the arts than in the dynamic, creative, and innovative setting of Chicago? Join other passionate rising professionals to become a catalyst for innovation and build bridges between producers, artists, executives, and other collaborators to bring creative work to life.

Earn the MSLCE degree in one year full-time or two to three years part-time.


The MSLCE curriculum is designed to help professionals acquire the knowledge and skills needed to lead creative people, projects, and teams. Core courses teach the strategic business principles that are essential for creative projects. Elective courses allow professionals to more fully understand the demands, opportunities, and challenges of leadership that arise within and across particular creative genres and to focus on additional skills that are deem important for their careers. During the summer, students complete an internship, thesis, or applied project and are enrolled in an accompanying online, three-credit course.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for fall or winter quarter starts. International applicants are only eligible for fall quarter starts. See website for recommended submission deadlines.

GRE/GMAT is not required, TOEFL required for international students who earned their degree at an institution where English was not the primary language of instruction.

The MSLCE program offers merit-based scholarships to qualified applicants from the United States and Canada.

See our application instructions for full application information.