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DESIGN LEADERSHIP (MBA/MA)

Joint Degree Program Offered by Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University and MICA

The world's business challenges require visionaries that think like tomorrow's leaders, not today's. Learn the creative approach to strategic decision-making embraced by top designers and how to apply it to the most complex management challenges and opportunities for commercial leadership. Earn two degrees at the same time from Johns Hopkins University and Maryland Institute College of Art--recognized globally among the most innovative institutions.

Who Should Apply

The MBA/MA program in Design Leadership enrolls students who want to be transformative business leaders at the highest levels by developing a next-generation approach to management and problem solving. Students' backgrounds include business management, marketing, engineering, finance, art and design, architecture, fine arts, and other fields.

How to Apply

All required application materials can be submitted to the Carey Business School through their online application system. Please note that a GRE or GMAT score is required for full admission. For full information about Carey Business School requirements, please visit the Carey Business School Application Requirements page. Applicants can submit an optional Design Leadership portfolio through MICA's SlideRoom system; however, a portfolio is not required for admission. For more information about the application procedures, contact carey.admissions@jhu.edu. For more information about the portfolio submission, contact graduate@mica.edu.

See Also Programs of Study: Design Leadership (MBA/MA)

Application Procedures for Design Leadership (MBA/MA)

Priority Application Deadline October 31, Standard Deadline February 2, Final Deadline April 1

1. Completed Application Form via Johns Hopkins Carey Business School

Most required application materials, including the form, transcripts, recommendations and written requirements, are submitted online through the Carey Business School online application system. Questions regarding the application system can be directed to carey.admissions@jhu.edu.

2. Written Requirements

The Design Leadership (MBA/MA) requires applicants to upload three unique essays through the Carey Business School online application:

A. What are your career aspirations and why is the Design Leadership (MBA/MA) the next step in achieving those goals? (500 words)

B. Please answer either essay question B1 or B2. (500 words)

B1. Describe your most significant success or failure. Please include the situation, attributions related to it and what you learned from it.
B2. Describe a time your ethics were challenged. How did you address the situation and what did you learn?

C. Why are you a strong candidate for the Design Leadership (MBA/MA)? What makes this degree a good fit for you? How will you make a unique contribution to the Carey Business School and MICA communities?

3. GMAT or GRE Test Scores

All applicants to the Design Leadership are required to submit a GMAT or GRE score. In some circumstances, this requirement can be waived. For more information on scoring and waiver applications, please contact carey.admissions@jhu.edu

4. Professional Portfolio & Portfolio Narrative (optional, submitted through MICA's SlideRoom)

Applicants to Design Leadership (MBA/MA) may submit an optional portfolio online through MICA's SlideRoom system. However, it is not required for admission. For designers, artists and architects, the portfolio may include samples of art and design work. For professionals in other fields, the portfolio can include but is not limited to: marketing or promotional materials, video of business or professional presentations or samples of collaborative design or marketing materials, technical, engineering or architectural images or documentation. A portfolio may include traditional or time-based media (2D or 3D) and/or technical documents that illustrate the applicant's ability to visually communicate ideas and information. Full media guidelines are available online through SlideRoom at the portfolio submission stage. Candidates that choose to submit a portfolio should also submit a Portfolio Narrative which is a second document that provides brief descriptions and context for each sample of media uploaded. Please note that SlideRoom assesses a $10 processing & hosting fee upon submission.

5. Special Requirements for International Students

The Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University has special requirements for international applicants. For more information, visit the What You Need to Know Before Applying page of the Carey Business School's website.