Cost | Minneapolis College of Art and Design


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, prior to any financial aid you may qualify for. Your success is our priority, and we are here to support you in making your artistic dreams a reality.

2024/25 Academic Year
Tuition Per Semester Per Year
12-18 Credits $22,392 $44,784
1 Credit (if fewer than 12 or more than 18) $1,866 N/A
Fees Per Semester Per Year
Student Experience Fee $150 $300
Technology Fee $200 $400
Health Insurance (Optional) TBD TBD
Textbooks and Supplies (estimated) $1,900 $3,800
On-Campus Housing Per Semester Per Year
Housing Deposit N/A $350
Apartment Rental (per student, duration of 2022/23 academic year) $4,375-$6,875* $8,750-$13,750*
Required Resident Meal Card $1,400 $2,800
One Time Payment for New Students
Enrollment Tuition Deposit (credited to your tuition bill upon enrollment) $300


*Student Housing charges vary based on type of unit and number of occupants and can be viewed on myMCAD. Students are charged by the semester and payment is due with all charges prior to the start of the semester. Listed rental charges include internet service, laundry machine usage free of charge, and all utilities, except long-distance phone service. Contact the housing office for more information.

Financial Aid

Several financial aid options are available to Master of Fine Arts students, such as grants, scholarships, graduate assistantships, and more.