Design Leadership (MA/MBA)
Learn at the pace and style that works best for you with traditional and project-based courses offered in an interactive online format.
Two world-class institutions
The only degree of its kind that leverages a world-class research institution, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and a premier art and design school, Maryland Institute College of Art.
Lead in design
The unique integrated curriculum creates leaders unafraid to think differently, producing creative visionaries capable of transforming companies, marketplaces, and human welfare.
Build a network
Cohorts consist of students with a broad range of backgrounds. Students have access to both Johns Hopkins and MICA alumni networks, allowing students to build powerful professional networks spanning industries and disciplines.
Learn about our class profile*.
- 18 percent male / 82 percent female
- 3.57 average undergraduate GPA
- 7.5 average years of full-time work experience
- 82 percent of students from the U.S.
*Fall 2021 incoming class
In the Design Leadership (MA/MBA), you will master creative approaches to strategic decision-making while also learning how to apply these skills to complex management challenges and business opportunities.
The 2022 edition of the Carey Business School University Catalog is available.
This program begins with a MICA-run, three-credit summer intensive called Foundations of Design Leadership. In the fall, students enroll in classes available through Carey Business School’s Flexible MBA program and in MICA's MA in Design Leadership curriculum. Students can choose an MBA specialization, but are not required to.
The Design Leadership (MA/MBA) program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship.
MBA Business Foundations (20 credits)
- Accounting and Financial Reporting
- Business Analytics
- Business Communication
- Business Microeconomics
- Corporate Finance
- Marketing Management
- Operations Management
- Statistical Analysis
- Strategic Management
- Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MBA Business Electives (22 credits)
You are welcome to take any elective courses you like. Specializations are simply a way to help organize your electives by content area. Elective courses may count toward more than one specialization, when applicable.
MBA Specializations Offered
- Business analytics and risk management
- Digital marketing
- Entrepreneurial marketing
- Entrepreneurship, innovation and technology
- Financial management
- Health care management, innovation and technology
- Public and private sector leadership
MA in Design Leadership (24 credits)
- The Competitive Advantage I
- The Competitive Advantage II
- Creativity and Innovation
- Cultural Relevance and Awareness
- Forecasting and Realization
- Foundations of Design Leadership
- Intersections of Business and Design I
- Intersections of Business and Design II
- Sustainability and Social Responsiveness
Gain experience putting your skills to the test solving your client’s business challenges while honing your analytic and leadership skills along the way.
Of course, your MBA isn’t just about skills learned— but also the networks you build. Whether you are taking courses online or on campus, experiential learning is your opportunity to connect with your classmates while developing complex problem-solving skills.
From CityLab, where you can partner with existing economic and community development projects to position yourself for a career in urban innovation and entrepreneurial business with social impact, to Discovery to Market, where you can transform scientific discovery into a viable commercial enterprise, the MA/MBA program offers multiple opportunities for experiential learning.
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Design Leadership (MA/MBA) students becomes trailblazers across industries. Here is a sampling of some of the employers who have hired graduates of this program
- Deloitte Consulting
- Dick’s Sporting Goods
- Johns Hopkins Medicine
- JP Morgan Chase
- Marriott International
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- United States Postal Service
- Senior Design Strategist
- Project Manager, Service Design
- User Experience Strategist
- Senior Consultant
- Software Designer
- UX Strategist/Designer
- Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
- UI/UX Interaction Designer
Student and faculty spotlight
career outcomesAlumna uses MA/MBA to design a career at Deloitte
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At A Glance
Tuition & Fees
There are numerous options for financing your education including scholarships, loans, and payment plans available to those who qualify. Learn More
Visit the How to Apply page for more details on requirements and instructions to help you prepare your application.
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See All Application Deadlines
Deadlines round 1 round 2 round 3 round 4 Candidate deadline October 26, 2022 January 4, 2023 March 22, 2023 May 31, 2023 Decision release December 14, 2022 March 1, 2023 April 26, 2023 Rolling Initial Deposit deadline January 18, 2023 April 12, 2023 May 24, 2023 3 weeks from decision Final Deposit deadline April 12, 2023 May 24, 2023 June 14, 2023 N/A
- $113,725 for the full program
- Application fee - $100
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Connect with Financial Aid
You are making a significant investment in your future, and we have options to assist in paying your tuition. From scholarships to financial aid to payment plans, Carey Business School offers a variety of choices.
We have a number of scholarships exclusively for our MBA students. Learn more about these and if you qualify on our MBA Scholarships page.