The online Design Business Graduate Certificate program will challenge students to develop new business frameworks using the design thinking, entrepreneurial focus, and foundation in social responsibility for which Parsons is known. The program is particularly well suited for early-to mid-career professionals in creative fields, innovation-focused companies, and firms that routinely employ design, as well as business professionals seeking to complement their design and business skills with practical application. Because the program is entirely online, it's ideal for students who want access to Parsons' faculty of experienced practitioners from New York City and around the world but cannot come to New York City to study.
Applicants should submit a complete application by January 10. Applications received after January 10 will be considered on a rolling basis until the program is full.
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Parsons graduate programs use a self-managed application process. Submit your application online and mail any supplemental application materials, preferably in a single packet, to the Office of Admission. Include a materials cover sheet (PDF), which can be downloaded from the supplemental forms section of the online application.
Official college transcripts: Submit a sealed original copy of your official college transcripts along with your application packet. If that is not possible, instruct the institution to send transcripts directly to the Office of Admission at the address below. Photocopies are not acceptable.
International transcripts: All applicants with transcripts from international institutions are required to submit an original transcript from each institution attended outside the United States. Additionally, a certified English language translation must be provided for all official international transcripts that are not written in English. Applicants who would like to transfer academic credits earned at non-U.S. institutions are also required to have their transcript(s) evaluated by World Education Services (WES), our preferred provider, or by another member of the National Association of Credit Evaluation Services (NACES). A course-by-course evaluation report must be prepared for each transcript. Please start the evaluation process as early as possible, including the submission of all required documents to WES (or another provider), in order to ensure the timely completion of the evaluation report. In addition, an admission counselor may require a transcript evaluation by WES or an NACES approved evaluator if it is deemed a necessary part of the admission decision process, even when applicants do not want transfer credits applied to a program of interest. Instruct the provider to send the report to
Parsons Graduate Programs
Office of Admission
72 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
If you request your report online, search for "New School Parsons" when selecting our institution. If your provider is unable to send the evaluation report directly to the school, please obtain the report and send it to Parsons, along with a materials cover sheet.
Statement of Interest and Intentions: Please outline your reasons for applying to this program. In what ways will you contribute to the subject matter? You should include a thoughtful description of your background, tentative plan of study or area of inquiry in the field as you now envision it, your professional goals, and how this program will help you realize those goals. If you have not been enrolled as a student in the past five years, please address anticipated opportunities and challenges in pursuing the certificate, and future career expectations upon completion of the program.