Applications are now open

Submit your application for Fall 2023 before the June 15th priority deadline

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree (in any field) in good standing
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Note: We do not require GRE scores

Applicants will be reviewed based on written communication skills, career objectives, professional experience and potential for equitable contributions to the field.

When can you start?

A new certificate cohort begins classes online every fall. Applications completed after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

How to apply

  • Contact Lindsay Andrews, the College of Education’s adult and higher education program lead, to discuss whether the certificate is a good fit for your educational and professional goals.
  • Then submit your application and official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended using the OSU Graduate School’s online application form. The nonrefundable application fee is $75.

Current OSU graduate students who intend to pursue the certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree:

To apply, you must electronically submit:

1.    Submit the Instructional Design application documents to [email protected]

The application documents include: (1) CV/résumé, and (2) 1-2 page personal/professional narrative.  Additional requirements for these materials are described on the application page.

2.    A Certificate Request Form (also known as a "Change of Major/Degree Request Form").

Under "Work on Concurrent Degree/Certificate", select "Certificate" and "Instructional Design (Certificate)." Your Change of Degree/Major Request Form will not be processed unless you are admitted to the Instructional Design certificate. You will not be charged the application fee. 


Required application documents

Upload the following documents using the OSU Graduate School’s website: 

  • A current résumé that includes your employment history and professional experience
  • A 1-2 page personal/professional narrative that summarizes significant learning experiences that have contributed to your professional development and answers the following question:

As a part of our admissions process, our faculty want to learn more about your understanding of equity. Our certificate has a focus on equity across all of our courses. Based on either your current or future workplace, how do you define equity within training and learning? What is one equity issue you would like to be better prepared to address in your career as a result of completing this certificate?

NOTE: International applicants must also submit documents and language test scores that are outlined on the graduate admissions international applicants webpage.

Apply to take courses as a nondegree-seeking student

If you don’t want to apply to the OSU Graduate School but would like to take individual classes that are part of the instructional design graduate certificate curriculum, you may apply to OSU as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Nondegree-seeking students who may later wish to apply to a graduate degree program should be aware that a maximum of 9 credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student may be transferred to a graduate certificate or degree program. For additional details, please refer to the “Nondegree Status” section of admission to Oregon State University.

For more information, contact:

Lindsay Andrews
Adult & Higher Education Program Lead
[email protected] 
(541) 737-3574