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Embark on a transformative journey with an MCAD education-a valuable investment that opens the doors to a world of opportunities. The Graduate Admission and Financial Aid Offices at MCAD are committed to assisting you in finding ways to make your chosen program financially accessible. Review the full cost of an MCAD education, before any financial aid you may qualify for. Your success is our priority, and we are here to support you in making your career dreams a reality.


2024/25 Academic Year

The Master of Arts in Creative Leadership is an accelerated 15-month, 30 credit program and has a guaranteed tuition plan. This means students are locked-in to their tuition rate based on the semester they begin the program. Students are able to take a one-semester break and maintain the same tuition rate.

Tuition Semester
6 Credits $6,198
8 Credits $8,264
Per Credit $1,033
Fees Per Semester
Technology Fee $200
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $685*
Board (group meals, required)** $400 (per year)
Housing (optional)** $400 (per year)
One Time Payment for New Students
Enrollment Tuition Deposit (credited to your tuition bill upon enrollment) $300

*Textbooks and supplies are estimated considering costs of internet and personal computer expenses for online programs.
**Anticipated charges for room and board in MCAD on-campus housing during required residencies. In addition, students must plan for anticipated travel expenses to attend the two required on-campus summer residencies each year.

Do you plan to work while earning your master’s degree? MCAD can assist you with an employer tuition reimbursement program.

As a Creative Leadership student, you may qualify for certain types of financial aid, such as scholarships and/or loans.