Master of Arts in Sustainable Design / MCAD

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design

36 credits.
Studio design-oriented.
Fully online.

The master of arts degree in sustainable design 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 gain in-depth and actionable knowledge and experience, putting sustainable design theory into practice by developing your fundamental problem-solving skills, collaborative innovation techniques and processes, and creative leadership experience. You’ll take building-block courses that culminates in the Graduate Sustainability Thesis Project, where you’ll lead independent yet mentored cutting-edge research in the field as it pertains to your career aspirations.

MCAD’s Sustainable Design Program is developed exclusively for busy working professionals and an online platform. Our program engages a global community of students and faculty that work together to develop collaboration, leadership, design strategy, and problem-solving skills that are then applied to innovatively solve humanity’s most pressing environmental and social sustainability challenges.

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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 is available for graduate students enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester. Scholarship opportunities are also available.

Master of Arts in Sustainable Design

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

Course Descriptions

Required Courses 30
Total Credits 36