Cost | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


An MCAD education is an investment that will help you achieve your career goals. The Graduate Admission and Financial Aid Offices at MCAD are committed to assisting you in finding ways to make your chosen program affordable. Review the full cost of an MCAD education, prior to your financial aid.

2023/24 Academic Year

The Master of Arts in Creative Leadership is an accelerated 15-month program and is 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 (full-time summer 2024) $6,000
8 Credits (full-time fall 2023, spring and summer 2024) $8,000
Per Credit $1,000

Total program tuition cost: $30,000

Fees Per Semester Per Total Program
Technology Fee $125 $500
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $685* $2,740*
Board (group meals, required)** $400 (per year) $800
Housing (optional)** $400 (per year) $800
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 residencies each summer.

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.