M.A. Online

Sustainable Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

12 months
10800 USD/year
10800 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Ideal for working adults who are passionate about sustainability, understand the power of design, and want to affect change, Minneapolis College of Art and Design's Master of Arts in Sustainable Design is a unique, fully online program that engages a world-class community to creatively lead sustainable solutions across disciplines and industries.


Asynchronous coursework offers flexibility while occasional synchronous meetings allow for community-building with fellow students, faculty, and visiting experts. Course activities may include readings, videos, discussions, projects, team work, and critiques. Small class sizes encourage collaboration and personal attention from experienced faculty. 

As a master's student in Sustainable Design, you will:

  • Explore current sustainability theories and frameworks. 
  • Practice innovative sustainable design tools and techniques through project-based assignments.
  • Experience collaborative design and creative leadership.
  • Develop systems thinking, critical thinking, research, writing, problem-solving, and visual-presentation skills.
  • Build a web-based portfolio of your coursework.
  • Complete a cutting-edge, sustainability-focused thesis project and presentation.
  • Gain actionable knowledge that keeps you and your organization at the forefront of this increasingly important field.
  • Engage with an international network of sustainability professionals and supportive MCAD alumni.


There are many paths to explore with a Master's in Sustainable Design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Potential careers include:

Eco Fashion Designer

Sustainable Packaging Designer

Green Business Marketer

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Systems Thinking
  • Creative Leadership
  • Graduate Sustainability Practicum
  • Making the Business Case for Sustainability
  • The Practice of Sustainable Design
  • Collaborative Product Design
  • Innovation Tools and Techniques
  • Biomimetic Design
  • Visual Communications for Sustainability
  • Packaging Sustainability

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • MA students must hold an undergraduate degree before enrolling.
  • Application Form
  • Official College Transcripts
  • Two 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. 
  • Personal Statement: 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?
  • Resume
  • Proof of English Proficiency 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    10800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10800 USD per year during 12 months.
  • Part-time tuition fee: $5,400


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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