Design Leadership (MA/MBA)

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Program features

Online flexibility

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.

The Design Leadership MA/MBA program offered by the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins Carey Business School provides students with the unique opportunity to gain an interconnected degree in design and business through a fully online format.


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.

Experiential learning

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.

Join Hexcite, an early-stage medical software accelerator program, and work alongside Johns Hopkins innovators.


Employment outcomes

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At A Glance

Program Details

Full Time
2 years, 66 credits
Two degrees

Tuition & Fees

Tuition Cost
$113,725 for the full program
Financial Aid

There are numerous options for financing your education including scholarships, loans, and payment plans available to those who qualify. Learn More

Upcoming Deadlines

Fall 2023 | Round 4: May 31, 2023
See all application deadlines.

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