Radford launches online design thinking program

Students are trained in the art of innovation, creativity, collaboration, ideation, and problem solving.

design-thinkingRadford University launched its newest certificate program, the Design Thinking Certificate, in fall 2015.

Design Thinking is an innovative collaborative process for solving complex problems. Designers have been working within this framework for years – only recently have others found it to be successful across a multitude of non-design disciplines.

According to the Harvard Business Review, “Design thinking has become central to strategy, innovation, and organizational culture.”

The MFA degree in Design Thinking at Radford University can be completed in two years as a full time student or four years as a part-time student, with a total of 60 credits. Students are not required to have a degree in design and the MFA is designed to augment any bachelor’s or master’s degree.

The online Design Thinking Certificate requires students to complete 15 credit hours of graduate level coursework that empowers them to strategize, plan, and solve complex problems across a multitude of avenues.

The curriculum includes topics in design thinking methods, leadership, team building and behavior. The certificate is structured so that its courses can be transferred to the MFA in Design Thinking program.

An MFA in Design Thinking opens doors for graduates with a variety of different backgrounds and undergraduate degrees. The MFA in Design Thinking at Radford enables graduates to be leaders in business and industry because of their unique skills and experiences. Career paths include but are not limited to team leader, manager, executive, strategist, or consultant in fields such as criminal justice, law, healthcare, business manufacturing, or design.

Additionally, because this is a terminal degree, graduates from this program are able to teach in higher education.

Financial aid is available for students and graduate assistantships are available for full-time degree seeking students through the graduate college.

Radford University will be hosting an online open house on October 21 and November 4 at 7pmEST.

This open house features a 1-hour webinar and interactive live chat for prospective students. Contact Joan Dickinson at jidickins(at) to sign up for this information session.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

Laura Ascione

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