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 programs at MCAD are 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 Per Semester Per Year
6 Credits (full-time) $5,538 $11,076
3 Credits (part-time) $2,769 $5,538
Per Credit $923 N/A
Fees Per Semester Per Year
Technology Fee $125 $250
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $685* $1,370*
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.

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

As an MA student, you may qualify for certain types of financial aid, such as external scholarships and/or loans.