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.

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Undergraduate student profile

702 Total undergraduate students
33% Domestic students of color or Native American students
67% Students who are female
24% Students who are transfers 
94% Students who are under 25

Learn more about MCAD’s community of equal opportunities and inclusivity.

I transferred into MCAD to pursue Photography. I wanted to attend a university that focused more on photography as an art form rather than more commercial based work.

Camryn Smith

Credit transfer

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

View community or technical college transfer pathways for MCAD.


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 which credits may transfer. Once you are accepted for admission, you will receive an official transfer-credit evaluation.

Apply online

Application deadlines
Fall term: Early Action, Dec. 1; Priority, Feb. 15; Regular, April 1
Spring term: Early Action, Oct. 1; Priority, Nov. 1; Regular, Dec. 1

Application fee

Where electronic transcripts must be sent
[email protected]

Financial aid & cost

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Tuition and fees

Applicants who meet the deadlines will receive an admission and MCAD Merit Scholarship decision within two weeks, on a rolling basis.

Financial aid deadline
Fall term: Oct. 1
Spring term: Nov. 1

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Learn more about financial aid at MCAD.

Contact information

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Office of Admissions
2501 Stevens Avenue
Minneapolis, MN55404
United States

Other Student paths

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