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Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation

Graduate Certificate

Now more than ever, T-shaped professionals are in high demand for their ability to collaborate across disciplines, build relationships, and advance innovation. These contemporary workers are characterized by the possession of deep skills in a specialty, as well as the knack for solving problems in other areas of expertise, allowing them to move beyond boundaries. The emerging field of design thinking responds to this paradigm shift as a human-centered approach to connecting the dots.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation introduces a mindset, as well as core skills in creative problem solving, that can be applied to any discipline or field. Knowing how to investigate innovative solutions will enable you to actively apply, connect, and produce knowledge that meets complex human needs. You not only acquire advanced training that can be applied across multiple disciplines, but you also have opportunities to engage in collaborations across cultures and industries.

As a student in the program, you learn to engage with complex problems, ambiguity, and uncertainty in a creative problem-solving process through interdisciplinary teamwork. You learn to demonstrate keen sensitivity and empathy toward people and contexts in which problems are situated. You recognize and apply appropriate methods to frame problems, generate ideas, and evaluate solutions. You move beyond theory and develop facilitation skills to empower stakeholders and implement solutions.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation prepares you to work in a broad range of industries in such careers as:

  • Innovative design thinking specialist 
  • Innovation consultant 
  • Product developer 
  • Product manager 
  • Innovation manager 
  • Brand manager 
  • Design research manager 
  • User experience designer 
  • Customer experience specialist 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Design Thinking for Collaborative Innovation, you must complete 18 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Design thinking for collaborative innovation core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Practicum in design thinking for collaborative innovation (6 credit hours) 


  • Intro: Design Thinking for Tackling Wicked Problems/Sensemaking 3 Credits
  • Design Methods for Framing Problems3 Credits
  • Design Methods for Ideating3 Credits
  • Design Methods for Prototyping3 Credits
  • Practicum6 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $400.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1200.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $400.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1200.00

Additional fees will apply.

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