Future Online Students

Apply to Herron’s Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking 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

To begin the application process, visit IUPUI's online graduate application.

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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.

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.

Official transcripts from each institution you attended must be sent to Herron's Office of Admissions and Student Services. Official transcripts must demonstrate a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and completion of a bachelor's degree.

If you are in the process of completing a bachelor's degree when you apply, a transcript showing your academic record through your current term of study is acceptable. If admitted to Herron, you must submit a final, official transcript verifying the completion and award of your degree.

For international students, if the original documents are not in English, a verified translation must be sent with your official transcripts.

Submitting electronic transcripts

If your institution(s) can submit official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed to herrgrad@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 (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST).

Emailed unofficial PDFs of transcripts will not be accepted.

Submitting mailed hard copies

If there is an extenuating circumstance preventing the submission of official electronic transcripts, contact the Office of Admissions and Student Services at herrgrad@iupui.edu with an explanation and a representative will provide detailed mailing instructions.

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 internet-based test (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.

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

Application fees

  • IU online graduate application fee: $70 for all applicants

Application deadlines

  • Fall admission: Opens September 5 and closes February 1
  • Spring admission: Opens May 1 and closes October 1

Questions?

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