MCAD values transfer students for the experience, insight, knowledge, and vigor they add to our creative community. You are considered a transfer student if you have graduated from a high school program (or equivalent) and have enrolled at a post-secondary institution. Students taking college courses while still in high school or participating in dual enrollment college classes or PSEO must apply as first-year students and are not transfer applicants.
Additionally, we may accept transfer credits from advanced placement (AP), international baccalaureate (IB), post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO) and other pre-college programs.
Undergraduate student profile
675 Total undergraduate students
33% Domestic students of color or Native American students
68% Students who are female
24% Students who are transfers
93% Students who are under 25
Learn more about MCAD’s community of equal opportunities and inclusivity.
Course-by-course review. We are selective with transfer credits and may accept credits with a grade of “C” or better from regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions and pre-college programs. Learn more about transferring credit to MCAD.
Maximum number of credits that can transfer
Up to 30 liberal arts credits and 33 studio arts credits
Number of credits required for degree
Minimum cumulative GPA required
Minimum grade required for a course to transfer
Block transfer accepted
Make an appointment with an admissions counselor to determine your transfer credit eligibility. This initial review is not binding, but it will give you a good idea of what credits may transfer. Once you are accepted for admission, you will receive an official transfer-credit evaluation.
Fall term: Early Action, Dec. 1; Priority, Feb. 15; Regular, April 1
Spring term: Early Action, Oct. 1; Priority, Nov. 1; Regular, Dec. 1
Where electronic transcripts must be sent
Financial aid & cost
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Office of Admissions
2501 Stevens Avenue