Advanced Wearable Products Graduate Certificate

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The Advanced Wearable Products certificate 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.


Program Details

Our hands-on curriculum is curated to give you 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.
Full Requirements & Course Descriptions

If you have questions about applying for this certificate or if you have already been admitted to the program and have advising questions, please email [email protected].

Planning Documents
Admissions Overview

Application deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. However, to ensure admission before semester start dates, applications should be complete by these deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: April 1
  • Spring Semester: October 1

Minimum admissions requirements
High academic standing with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA is preferred.

  • This certificate requires a minimum of 12 credits.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a related field is required.

Students are held to the course requirements in place at the time of their admission. As requirements may change in the future, students should refer to their GPAS for the requirements applicable to them.


If you have questions about applying for this certificate or if you have already been admitted to the program and have advising questions, please email [email protected].

Planning Documents
Application Materials

Materials required for all applicants

  • Complete University of Minnesota Graduate School Application.
  • Official current copies of all college and university transcripts (see graduate school online application for specific instructions).
  • Application fee of $75.00.
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.
  • The application prompts you to provide contacts for recommendation letters; this is not needed.
  • 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.
  • Admission to the certificate program is recommended no later than after completion of the first course.

For applicants who are non-native English speakers

  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (.pdf file format). Send scores to the University of Minnesota (school code is 6874).

For 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.
  • 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.