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Design Strategy

California College of the Arts

24 months
53250 USD/year
53250 USD/year
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We offer a master degree in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts. Ask questions, examine complexity, and innovate for human-centered solutions.

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Our two-year, low-residency MBA in Design Strategy program (DMBA) at California College of the Arts is a graduate business program with five four-day residencies held each month of a semester. 

Key Features 

  • Set against the backdrop of the Bay Area, a region known for its unshakeable belief in a better world, the MBA in Design Strategy trains future leaders to question, listen, and put human needs at the center of decision-making.
  • This is uniquely possible at an art and design college, where we recognize systems are made—not given—and operate with the optimism that systems can be made better. We do much more than analyze balance sheets and come up with marketing plans; we imagine alternate futures and then build them. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Live Exchange
  • Strategic Foresight Studio + Data Lab
  • Managerial Economics
  • Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • Business Models and Stakeholders

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application and $70 nonrefundable application fee
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Unofficial college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (international applicants only)
  • Portfolio
  • Personal essay

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    53250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 53250 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    53250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 53250 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Oakland

1055 - 1962 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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