Graduate Programs

Design Leadership (MA/MBA)

To succeed in business, you must embrace the opportunity to look at things differently. The Design Leadership MA/MBA is rooted in the philosophy that the best business minds are open ones.



Program Features

Smarter business by design

Today’s greatest business challenges require visionaries with the courage to look beyond the surface for answers. In the Design Leadership MA/MBA, you’ll master creative approaches to strategic decision-making while also learning how to apply these skills to complex management challenges and business opportunities. Earn two degrees from two world-renowned institutions at the same time for less money and in less time—a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Art (MA) from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

The Design Leadership MA/MBA is the only program in the United States where students earn simultaneous graduate degrees from a business school at a major research university and a premier college of art and design, both of which are recognized globally among the most innovative institutions.

Creativity bridges big ideas and the balance sheet

Students in the Design Leadership MA/MBA program are open-minded creative thinkers. They aspire to be transformative leaders at the highest levels, leveraging a next-generation approach to research analysis, management, and problem-solving. A strength of the program is the diversity of backgrounds that comprises each cohort. Students come from business management, marketing, engineering, finance, art and design, architecture, fine arts, and other fields.


Sample Curriculum

In 20-24 months, you’ll earn an MBA and an MA in Design Leadership through a program designed to grow valuable new skills in an accelerated format. 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 JHU Carey Business School’s part-time MBA program and in MICA's MA in Design Leadership curriculum.

Studying with a cohort of peers, you’ll learn through hands-on experiences that immerse you in real-world situations. And you’ll emerge from the program with expertise in strategy formulation, audience targeting, research, and design thinking that’s driven by a collaborative and creative approach to problem-solving.