• Course Delivery
    76% to 99% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

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 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.

The certificate program not only provides you with advanced training that can be applied across multiple disciplines, but also creates opportunities for you to engage in collaborations across cultures and industries.

As a student in the program, you complete 18 hours of graduate credit. 

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Engage with complex problems, ambiguity, and uncertainty in a creative problem-solving process through interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • Demonstrate keen sensitivity and empathy toward people and contexts in which problems are situated.
  • Recognize and apply appropriate methods to frame problems, generate ideas, and evaluate solutions.
  • Move beyond theory and develop facilitation skills to empower stakeholders and implement solutions.


  • 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

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    With more than 115 online degree programs to choose from, Indiana University gives you the opportunity to receive a top-quality education when you want it, where you want it. The faculty who teach our online courses are the same exceptional faculty who teach those courses on our campuses. Whether you're looking for an undergraduate education or want to continue advancing your career with a graduate degree, IU Online’s degree program options have something for everyone.

  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

  • Service you expect from a leading University

    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.