MA students must hold an undergraduate degree before enrolling.

Application Form

To begin the application process, you must first complete the online application form. The application is easy to fill out, plus you can save it as you go so it doesn’t have to be completed in one sitting. The form requires a credit card number for the application fee of $50.

Official College Transcripts

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Submit official transcripts from any colleges or universities that you have attended. Official transcripts must be sent via mail or email directly from the issuing institution, as well as uploaded by you to Slideroom. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts. Due to the impact of the pandemic, MCAD will accept unofficial copies for review in the application process, with official copies due prior to enrollment. We can assure you that you will not be negatively impacted by these delays in your admission to MCAD.

Letters of Recommendation (Optional)

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Letters of recommendation for the MA program are completely optional. Your chance of admission will not be hurt if you do not submit letters of recommendation. Students may submit up to two optional letters of recommendation that attest to your creative ability, self-discipline, academic record, and commitment to your intended area of study. Letters may be from academic mentors, instructors, advisors, or professional supervisors, clients, collaborators, or employers. Graphic and web design applicants may reuse one previously submitted letter of recommendation from a previous application to the graphic design or interactive design and marketing post-baccalaureate programs. 

Personal Statement

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Provide the following information in two pages or less.

MA in Graphic and Web Design

  • How do you see the MA in graphic and web design helping you achieve your professional goals? (300-word limit)
  • Students are required to identify a research and design problem to pursue during the course of the program resulting in a capstone project. Please describe the research topic and design challenge you will explore during your coursework in the program. Examples may include social, political, global, economic, environmental, technological, small business challenges, etc.
  • How many 3-credit courses per semester do you plan to take during your time in the program? One course per semester equals part-time attendance.

MA in Sustainable Design

  • List your top three career goals. How do you expect this MA in sustainable design to help you achieve your professional goals? (300-word limit)
  • What has been your experience with the process of design? (300-word limit)
  • Present an example of your past engagement in the field of sustainability or sustainable design. How did this experience influence your decision to apply to this program? (400-word limit)

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Submit a current copy of your résumé that highlights your past and present professional and volunteer work experience, appointments, awards, grants, scholarships, accolades, etc., as relevant, in four pages or less. 

Introductory Video

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Students should include a short, self-made video introducing yourself. Please speak to the following:

  • The most important reason you are motivated to study your chosen area of focus
  • At least one goal you hope to achieve in your graduate education
  • Why you think MCAD is the best place to achieve your goals

Use whatever tools available to you (e.g. phone, laptop—high production value is not expected) to create a video no more than three minutes’ duration. This video will function as the beginning of a conversation that will continue if you enter the MA program at MCAD. Please contact if you have any questions or concerns about this requirement.

Portfolio (graphic and web design program only)

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MA in graphic and web design applicants should submit ten pieces that demonstrate your strongest work. Applicants with experience in interactive media should submit a selection of no more than ten screenshots and may submit a video no more than three minutes in length. Still images (JPEG, up to 10MB each), Video (up to 500MB each), Audio (up to 60MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud. The quality of presentation is taken into consideration by the graduate committee. Applicants are required to label each work by title, date, media, and dimensions. If the work is a collaborative effort, you must include your role in its creation and development.

Submit 10 pieces that demonstrate design principles (professional, academic, personal) and readiness for the MA in graphic and web design.

  • Web Design
  • Web Development
  • Typography
  • Print Design
  • Logo Design
  • Infographics
  • Motion Graphics
  • Branding, Marketing, Identity

Personal Video Statement (optional)

  • The most important reason you are motivated to study your chosen area of focus.
  • At least one goal you hope to achieve in your graduate education.
  • Why you think MCAD is the best place to achieve your goals.

Interview (sustainable design program only)

MA in Sustainable Design program applicants must schedule an interview with the Director of the MA in Sustainable Design program.

Be prepared to discuss your career goals, your interest in this program, and how you plan to manage your time. 

To schedule a time for your interview, please email the MASD Program Director, Denise DeLuca, at

Additional Requirements for International Students

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Proof of English proficiency

If English is not your native language, you must successfully complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test, or one of the Michigan tests for higher education. The TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo English Test, or Michigan tests for higher education must be taken within twelve months of MCAD's application deadline (e.g. if MCAD's deadline is January 1, 2018, the test must be taken after January 1, 2017). Minimum scores for admittance:

  • PBT TOEFL: 550
  • IBT TOEFL: 79
  • IELTS: 6.5

MCAD's TOEFL code: 6411


Minimum score: 100

MCAD accepts the Duolingo English Test. The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample which are shared with MCAD when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session. 

Michigan Tests for Higher Education

MCAD accepts the following Michigan tests for higher education, which assess English language proficiency.


Official English translations of all transcripts

Proof of citizenship (a photocopy of your passport is suitable)

Skype Interview

MCAD's Mailing Address

Please use the following address when mailing admissions materials to MCAD.

MCAD Admissions Office
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55404