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Graduate Programs

Offering a transformative education open to all backgrounds, MCAD gets you ready to confidently lead and practice in an ever-evolving world. It’s where students find their personal and professional purpose as creative, cultural leaders.

MCAD offers four graduate programs: one on campus and three online. No matter where you are, a master’s degree from MCAD can propel you to where you want to go.

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Master of Fine Arts

There are 14 areas of study. Or you can make your own. The MFA program is a community of makers, thinkers, theorists, researchers, and creative professionals working in a mentor-based, interdisciplinary environment.

Master of Arts in Creative Leadership

The Master of Arts in Creative Leadership is an accelerated fifteen-month, online program—bracketed by two week-long residencies in Minneapolis—for individuals who seek the knowledge and skills to navigate changes in their careers, organizations, and communities.

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Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design

Designed for motivated working adults, the Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design is a flexible, online program that allows for discussions, critiques, and community-building with instructors, peers, and visiting designers.


Master of Arts in Sustainable Design

The Master of Arts in Sustainable Design is a fully online program that engages a world-class community to creatively lead sustainable solutions across disciplines and industries.

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