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. Transcripts must be sent via mail directly from the issuing institution, as well as uploaded by you to Slideroom. Transcripts marked "Issued to Student" are not considered official transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

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Submit three letters of recommendation that attest to your creative ability, self-discipline, academic record, and commitment to your intended area of study. Letters should be from academic mentors, instructors, advisors, or professional supervisors, clients, 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?
  • What has been your experience with the process of design?
  • Present an example of your past engagement in the field of sustainable design. How did this experience influence your perspective on your role as a sustainable designer?


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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. 

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.

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) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The TOEFL or IELTS must be taken within twelve months of MCAD's application deadline (e.g. if MCAD's deadline is January 1, 2017, the test must be taken after January 1, 2016). Minimum scores for admittance:

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

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