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Based on a recent informal poll of M.A./M.B.A. alumni, the majority reported having jobs before or shortly after graduation.

Throughout the history of the M.A./M.B.A. program, alumni have worked in a wide array of creative, arts and leadership roles. The list below is a small sample of the many positions held by SMU M.A./M.B.A. alumni:

  • 321 Theatrical Management, finance associate
  • ABC Family, integrated marketing manager
  • Adventure Theatre MTC, development director
  • Alley Theatre, executive manager of education and community engagement
  • American Airlines, revenue management
  • American Airlines, strategy analyst
  • Amon Carter Museum of American Art, marketing associate
  • AMS Planning & Research, senior research analyst
  • Arts Consulting Group, senior consultant
  • Arts Council of Fairfax County, director of development and administration
  • Atlanta BeltLine, development officer for public grants
  • AT&T Performing Arts Center, finance
  • Bain & Company, consultant
  • Big Thought, director of business operations
  • Big Thought, financial specialist
  • Big Thought, foundation grants manager
  • Big Thought, individual giving
  • Big Thought, new media specialist
  • Blackbaud, senior technical consultant
  • Blackhawk Network, director of product marketing
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield, development
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music, director of project management
  • Business Council for the Arts, programs manager
  • Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, executive director
  • Center for Nonprofit Management, director of integrated marketing
  • Center for Nonprofit Management, integrated marketing manager
  • Century Interactive, associate consultant
  • Christie's NYC/ Post-War & Contemporary Department, researcher in market intelligence
  • CHRISTUS Health, strategic planning analyst
  • Cleco Corporation, investor relations analyst
  • Communities Foundation of Texas, business analyst
  • Community Wealth Partners, consultant
  • Cornell University, director of marketing & participation
  • Cornerstone Information Systems, director of product marketing
  • Crow Collection of Asian Art, marketing director
  • Crow Collection of Asian Art, special projects manager
  • CSL International, analyst
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre, development associate
  • Dallas Children's Theater, corporate and foundation relations
  • Dallas Museum of Art, associate director of development
  • Dallas Museum of Art, development officer, Donor Circle
  • Dallas Opera, development associate
  • Dallas Opera, interactive fundraising manager
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra, group sales manager
  • Dallas Theater Center, director of special events
  • Douglas Elliman Real Estate, marketing consultant, strategist and nonprofit advisor
  • EchoVantage, director of client relations
  • Edmonds Center for the Arts, development manager
  • Elliott Marketing Group, consultant
  • Essilor Vision Foundation, communication coordinator
  • Eugene Symphony, director of operations and education
  • Farmers Branch ISD, advanced academics specialist
  • Firefly Social Media, consultant
  • First Book, senior vice president for development and alliances
  • Flat Rock Playhouse, development director
  • Gorton Community Center, executive director
  • Hawaii Performing Arts Festival, change management analyst/real time resolutions
  • Heritage Auctions, category marketing specialist
  • Holland Civic Theatre, assistant director and stage manager
  • Houston Symphony, chief operating officer
  • Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, board liaison and individual giving manager
  • Interlochen Center for the Arts, engagement officer
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, campaign fellow
  • Kansas City Repertory Theatre, executive director
  • Kitchen Dog Theater, managing director
  • League of American Orchestras, data associate
  • Linking the World, director of development
  • Lyda Hill Foundation, senior strategic associate,
  • Memorial Hermann Health System, senior director of development
  • Menil Collection, advancement associate
  • Merrimack Repertory Company (Lowell, Mass.), executive director
  • National Society of Hispanic MBAs, regional manager
  • NV Energy, public relations manager
  • Oracle, sales consultant
  • Pacific Science Center (Seattle), director of individual giving
  • PepsiCo (Frito-Lay), change management senior analyst
  • Perot Museum of Nature and Science, vice president of development
  • Per Scholas, managing director
  • Resnicow and Associates, vice president
  • Resolution Media, digital marketing manager
  • Robertson, Griege & Thoele, client services associate
  • Rockford Symphony Orchestra, marketing director
  • Rodan + Fields, executive consultant
  • Safecount Inc., project manager, digital market research
  • San Diego Opera, general director
  • San Diego Symphony, personnel manager
  • Savannah College of Art and Design, professor of arts administration
  • Seattle Opera, associate director of development
  • Seattle Opera, development coordinator
  • Singapore Management University, Ph.D. candidate in marketing
  • SiriusXM Radio, program manager/digital experience
  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts, director of alumni giving
  • Southwest Securities, underwriter and banking officer
  • Standing Dog LLC, interactive marketer
  • Studio Movie Grill, film support coordinator
  • TACA, community relations manager
  • TACA, finance manager
  • TACA, manager of institutional giving
  • TACA, programs associate
  • Texas Boys Choir, executive director
  • Texas Health Resources, marketing strategist
  • The Alford Group (Seattle), consultant
  • The ARC of Washington County, marketing and development director
  • The Music Center of Los Angeles County, program manager
  • TRG Arts, associate consultant
  • Trinity Valley School, development projects coordinator
  • Trinity Repertory Company, executive director
  • Turner Broadcasting, manager, corporate responsibility Turtle Creek Chorale, development and marketing coordinator
  • Uber, marketing Manager
  • Van Cliburn Foundation, director of artistic planning
  • Van Cliburn Foundation, director of development
  • Van Cliburn Foundation, marketing associate
  • Vizient Inc., senior analyst, pharmacy performance services
  • Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, Ark.), box office manager

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