dha College of Design
Design, Housing, and Apparel

Academic Programs



The Advanced Wearable Products Certificate Program is designed to deepen knowledge related to the design and development of wearable products.

This program presents an interdisciplinary opportunity that focuses on the intersection of design, technology, and function to optimize a range of wearable products that improve health, safety, and well-being. It prepares professionals from a wide variety of backgrounds to develop a specialization in on-the-body functional systems in order to enter related industries or transition to graduate study.



What You'll Learn


You'll gain a broader and deeper understanding of such topics as:


  • Apparel design: Advanced pattern making, 2D and 3D CAD-based pattern development, manufacturing, anthropometrics, and fit.
  • Wearable technology: E-textiles; human-computer interaction; wearable sensing, computation, networking, and actuation.
  • Functional clothing and personal protective equipment: Physics of on-body systems, human anatomy and physiology, and functional materials and structures.


What is a Certificate?


Credit certificates at the University offer efficient, targeted opportunities to learn new skills, or enhance existing knowledge. Certificates can be used to facilitate career advancement or transition, or to progress toward a graduate degree. These certificate programs are:


  • Designed to be accessible for working professionals.
  • Shorter than degree programs.
  • Used as an area of study for a graduate degree program.
  • Taught by University faculty.


Eligibility Requirements


To be admitted into the Advanced Wearable Products Certificate Program, you must have:


  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a related field.
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.
  • For international students whose primary language is not English, TOEFL is required.
  • Admission to the certificate program is recommended no later than after completion of the first course.


To apply for admission to a this certificate program:


  • Visit www.grad.umn.edu and select “prospective student.”
  • Select “Advanced Wearable Products Certificate Program” from the program drop-down menu.
    • The application prompts you to provide contacts for recommendation letters; this is not needed for the Advanced Wearable Products Certificate.


During application please submit:

  • Official current copies of all college and university transcripts (see graduate school online application for specific instructions).
  • Application fee of $75.00 (subject to change – check the graduate school application form for current information about the application fee).
  • Submit a goal statement consisting of approximately 500 words, stating why you are interested in the program. This goal statement should be submitted via the online application.


Note: The Graduate School cannot process your application until all materials are received.


Application Timeline


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to ensure admission before semester start dates, it is recommended that applications are complete by these deadlines:

  • Fall Semester - April 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Students already admitted to a Graduate School degree program


If you are admitted to a Graduate School degree program and want to enroll in a Graduate School post baccalaureate certificate program, you must use the Change of Status/Readmission application to indicate your proposed change of status. Change of Status form (PDF)


On the form you should equate "post-baccalaureate certificate" with "major" for the purposes of

completing the application.


  • If you wish to withdraw from your current major and pursue a certificate program only, check the "Change of major" box.
  • If you wish to add a certificate program to be pursued concurrently with your current major check the "Additional major" box.


Application Deadlines:


Fall Semester April 1


Spring Semester  October 1



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Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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