Future Online Students

Apply to Herron’s Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation online program

Herron welcomes applicants from many backgrounds beyond design, such as business, communication, public health, environmental affairs, engineering, technology, and biomedical sciences. Successful applicants to the online program value academic rigor, professionalism, collaboration, and interdisciplinary exploration. They take creative risks and are interested in insight-driven innovation into their evolving practice.

In order to apply to Herron, you must hold an undergraduate degree, but there are no disciplinary requirements. Diverse backgrounds are expected. 

Application components

  • Complete the online application

    Visit IUPUI's online graduate applicationPlease note: SAFARI and CHROME users must enable pop-ups and third-party cookies in order for the application to function properly.

    On the "Application Information" tab within the IU online graduate application, select "Graduate Certificate" when asked "What type of degree do you intend to pursue?" Then select Herron in the "Academic Program" section.

  • Personal statement and resume

    Upload a personal statement explaining why you want to pursue the certificate, and how it will benefit you professionally and academically. The statement must be 500-750 words in length.

    Also upload a resume outlining professional experiences into the "Additional Uploads" section of the application.

  • Evidence of experience

    The nature of your submission depends on the nature of your experiences.

    Submissions should demonstrate how you solve problems and may include "briefs" that define the problem or opportunity statements and communication objectives, as well as the audience and context for each project so that your work can be evaluated meaningfully.

    Please provide three examples that present evidence of your experience in collaborative situations and developing solutions. These examples may include a case study, portfolio, deliverable, or other suitable format.

  • Transcripts


    Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and applicable graduate programs you have attended. Contact each school and request that your official transcript be sent directly to Herron. Official transcripts are not required from IUPUI or another IU campus.

    If the original transcripts are not in English, the documents must be in the native language and must be accompanied by verified English translations.

    If you are in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree when you apply, a transcript showing your first three years of study is acceptable. If admitted to Herron, you must submit a final, official transcript to the Office of Admissions and Student Services, verifying the completion and award of your degree prior to your matriculation.

    Transcripts may be mailed to:

    Herron School of Art and Design
    Office of Admissions and Student Services
    c/o Graduate Admissions
    735 W. New York Street HR 126
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-5222

    Electronic Transcripts

    Herron accepts official transcripts that are electronically generated from official university or college system. We do not accept emailed PDFs of transcripts.

    Electronic transcripts may be sent to micmulle@iupui.edu. If your school is sending limited-time login credentials that allow us to access their transcript system, be sure to make your request during regular business hours.

  • Proof of English proficiency for international applicants

    Proof of English proficiency is required for international students unless the applicant’s undergraduate degree is from a university that is located in a country where English is the official language.

    Most commonly, students submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores. TOEFL scores must total 79 or higher on the iBT (550 or higher on the paper-based test). IELTS scores must total 6.5 or higher.

    Applicants must request that an official copy of their test results be sent directly to IUPUI by the testing agency. The IUPUI reporting code for TOEFL is 1325. Other tests or ELS coursework may be accepted in order to verify English proficiency.

    For a list of all options and minimum scores required, please see the IUPUI Office of International Affairs English Requirements.

  • Further documentation for international applicants

    For a full list of required documents, please visit the IUPUI Office of International Affairs.

Application fees

  • IU online graduate application fee: $60 for U.S. citizens, $65 for international applicants

Application dates

  • Fall admission: Opens August 1 and closes February 1
  • Spring admission: Opens May 1 and closes October 1


Ask an admissions advisor, or contact Herron’s Office of Admissions and Student Services directly at 317-278-9400 or herron4u@iupui.edu.