MLI 2021 applications will not be accepted.

COVID-19 Pandemic Update

As a result of world-wide travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus at the local, state, national and international level, the MLI 2021 residency has been cancelled and all participants have deferred to the class of 2021. The program will be held in May 2021 online and in residence in Claremont, CA in June of 2021.

Applications will not be accepted for MLI 2021. Check back in the fall of 2021 for application information and deadlines for our 2022 program.

The renowned Museum Leadership Institute is entering its 41st year. The program is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions’ capabilities and advance the field.

This intensive management program is for CEOs, Directors, COOs, and senior-level museum executives who influence policy, effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their position. Program participants take four weeks of intensive courses that address current trends and challenges in the museum field. The program blends two weeks online and two weeks of residency at CGU, and includes practicum sessions at Los Angeles area institutions. Academically rigorous, the program emphasizes leadership, strategy, organizational culture, and change management.

The selection process aims at creating a class of participants that fosters the best peer learning experience for all. MLI strives to include participants with a range of specializations, sizes, budgets, and geographical locations. We actively seek the participation of museum professionals from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds. Selection preference will be given to qualified candidates from art institutions.

Program Dates & Information

April 26-May 8, 2021 – Online week: Asynchronous online classroom with live peer interaction and faculty webinars.

June 4-19, 2021  – Residency week: Classes at the beautiful tree-lined campus of the Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.


How to Apply

Step One: Read the Eligibility and Selection criteria.

Step Two: Read the Application Submission Guidelines.

Step Three: Share this Recommendation Form link with your recommenders.

Step Four:

Applications Closed


Program Fee

The 2021 program fee is $10,000.

The fee includes accommodations at the Claremont Doubletree Hotel, most meals, and all course materials. Need-based scholarships may be available.