Master of Arts in Sustainable Design / MCAD

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design

Small, high-touch classes.
World-class faculty.
Fully online.

The high-caliber master of arts degree in sustainable design is pushing the sustainability envelop with its innovative design and rigorous course work. The MA program integrates the themes of systems thinking, life cycle analysis, and biomimicry—blending theory, practice, and leadership courses into holistic and hands-on training and experience.

Throughout this two-year program, you will:

  • Engage with renowned faculty
  • Join a network of sustainability professionals
  • Learn to put sustainability theory into practice
  • Collaborate with fellow students and mentors
  • Explore innovative sustainable design techniques and processes
  • Become a creative leader
  • Complete a cutting-edge sustainability thesis project

This program culminates in a student-driven Graduate Sustainability Thesis Project in which you’ll conduct independent (yet mentored) research on a sustainability-focused project of your choice. Make this program your own by focusing your time and energy where your passions lie and with the support of your unique thesis committee.
 

Developed to Work around Your Schedule

MCAD’s sustainable design program was developed exclusively for busy working professionals and an online platform. MCAD has been leading online learning at art and design schools for nearly twenty years and was the first art and design school to bring sustainability-focused education online.

We are proud to be the only AICAD school to offer a fully online graduate degree program in sustainable design. MCAD’s multidisciplinary MA in sustainable design continues to be the first of its kind in the world.

Our program engages a global community of students and faculty who work together to develop design strategy, collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving skills that are then applied to solve humanity’s most pressing environmental and social sustainability challenges.

What Our Students Are Saying
 

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Credit Requirements

Successful completion with a grade of C or above is required for all credits applied toward the MA. All coursework must be taken for credit and is designed to be completed in two years.

Financial aid, including grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study, is available for graduate students enrolled in at least six credits per semester.

 

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design

Year Fall Spring Summer
1
  • Introduction to Sustainable Design
  • Systems Thinking
  • Innovation Tools and Techniques
  • The Practice of Sustainable Design
  • Electives
2
  • Creative Leadership
  • Collaborative Product Design
  • Making the Business Case for Sustainability
  • Graduate Sustainability Thesis Project Part 1
  • Mid-Program Review
  • Global Design Challenge
  • Graduate Sustainability Thesis Project Part 2
  • Final Thesis Review

Course Descriptions

Required Courses 30
Total Credits 36




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