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Earn your Design Leadership (MA/MBA)

Transform business through art and design

Master creative approaches to strategic decision-making while learning how to transform companies, marketplaces, and human welfare in the Design Leadership (MA/MBA) program. Backed by two world-renowned institutions, this fully online dual degree program will provide you with the skills to apply design theory to complex business challenges.

In an accelerated, online format, you’ll learn at a pace and schedule that works best for you. Join a cohort of students with a diverse range of backgrounds and tap into the power of the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School to grow and enhance your knowledge and network.

Your career journey begins here

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Learn how your Design Leadership MA/MBA will give you the creative design skills and the business acumen to make an impact.

"The Design Leadership MA/MBA program combines right and left brain processes to create more ethical, efficient, innovative products, services, and businesses. The program helps students build skills in the intersection between human-centered design and business strategy."

Emma Koramshahi, Design Leadership MA/MBA ’22, Principal Design Strategist, Fidelity Investments

The MA/MBA difference

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Curriculum combines business and design

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Online flexibility that fits your schedule

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Build powerful networks across two world-renowned institutions

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Invent through thoughtful disruption

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Leverage the diverse backgrounds of each cohort

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Innovative experiences in real-world situations

About the Carey Business School

Grounded in the Johns Hopkins legacy of excellence and research, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School shapes business leaders who seize opportunity, inspire change, and create lasting value. We bring a modern business perspective to Johns Hopkins by shaping leaders who build for what’s next ®.

With locations in Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C., Carey offers full-time, part-time, and online MBA and MS degree programs, and executive education programs for the global marketplace that are data-driven and built to compete in an everchanging business world. Carey’s faculty are thought-leaders, trailblazing what’s next in the business world and in the classroom. And at Carey, we learn by doing. For more information, visit

About the Maryland Institute College of Art

Acknowledged nationally as a premier leader in art and design education, MICA is deliberately cultivating a new generation of artists – one that is capable of seamlessly integrating innovation, entrepreneurship, and creative citizenship with contemporary approaches to art, design, and media.