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Master of Design Studies Admissions

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The Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health, Historic Preservation, or Sustainable Design is offered in an innovative distance format that allows students to work full time while they study. Students learn from leading scholars and active practitioners and work closely with a small group of committed colleagues to gain expertise in their field. The online classroom has the same rigor of our traditional classrooms, and students enrich their online courses with a series of eight-day residencies in Boston that bring their courses to life and build connections between classmates and instructors.

Application Requirements

To apply to our Master of Design Studies program, please provide the following:

  • Completed application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official college transcript
  • Current resume
  • Portfolio or Work Sample
  • Admissions essay
  • One letter of recommendation
  • If English is not your first language, proof of your English proficiency

Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee to determine eligibility and acceptance into the program. There are a limited number of seats available, and acceptance is selective.

Applicants may apply for either a fall (August) or a spring (January) semester start. The priority application deadline is September 15 for the spring semester or March 15 for the fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by the priority application deadline for a given semester in order to be considered for admission. The Admission Committee will review all applications subsequent to this deadline, after which acceptance is on an as-available basis.

For more information about the Master of Design Studies, please contact Admissions at 617.585.0123 or

Financial Aid

As a fully accredited college, the BAC offers a range of federal financial aid. For more information, visit Financial Aid. If you have further questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at or 617.585.0125.

Tuition and Fees

For current tuition and fees, please visit Tuition and Fees.

International Students

International students may complete the MDS by continuing to live in their home country and traveling to Boston for week-long intensives during the program. Please see additional international student requirements here.