Are you a college graduate seeking an advanced certificate you can tailor to your own personal or professional needs?

Our graduate certificate in organizational leadership delivers a unique mix of substance and flexibility to help you attain your goals. And it places you within easy reach of a master’s degree, to help you advance at a time when synergies among varied skillsets is in high demand.

Certificate Requirements

All of the requirements for the graduate certificate are also requirements for the master’s degree. Students who choose to continue would need to complete an additional M.I.S. seminar, 9 additional elective credit hours, and 6 credit hours of work on a thesis project. In total, completing the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies would require an additional 18 credit hours.

Required Courses

Certificate Requirements (15 credit hours)
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
IDIS-D 512/PSY-B 378 Introduction to Industrial Psychology 3
IDIS-D 511/ENG-W 331
IDIS-D 511
Business and Administrative Writing Or Grant Writing 3
IDIS-D 511/SPCH-S 440 Organizational Communication 3
IDIS-D 512/BUS-W 320 Leadership and Ethics 3
One elective* 3

*Elective: Students will choose from a variety of courses that allow them to give their degrees a particular vocational focus. For example, students who would like to know more about Human Resources Management can take either IDIS-D 512/BUS-Z 441 (Wage and Salary Administration) or IDIS-D 512/BUS-Z 445 (Human Resource Selection). Although IDIS-D 512/BUS-Z 440 (Personnel-Human Resource Management) is a prerequisite for these courses, faculty have agreed that IDIS-D 512/PSY-B 378 (required for the concentration) can serve as an equivalent course.

Admission Process

For regular admission, students must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of the Director and the Advisory Committee.

Application deadlines

Applications are accepted anytime, but deadlines exist for starting in a particular semester.

Session Deadline


August 10


January 2

Summer I & II

April 15

Application Requirements

Applications to Interdisciplinary studies programs (either MIS or Graduate Certificate) are submitted via this on-line process: MIS Online Application

All of the material listed below will be submitted via this link; we list them here for your information:

1. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Note: other graduate admissions tests will also be accepted (e.g., GMAT, LSAT)

Note: a voucher for reduction in fees for the GRE is available. Check with the Financial Aid office for further info and qualifications.

2. Three letters of recommendation.

The on-line application process will request mail and e-mail addresses of your references and it will automatically send them an email requesting a recommendation. It is in your best interest to (a) warn your references that the e-mail will be coming and (b) ask people to write letters who can speak to your ability to succeed in a graduate program. Former professors make better references than relatives or friends.

3. You will be asked to upload a statement of personal and educational objectives:

  • Why do you wish to study in the Master in Interdisciplinary Studies program?
  • What your objectives are in so doing?
  • Indicate major and minor areas of interest for your coursework in the MIS program.
  • What strengths and weaknesses do you bring to this kind of graduate study?

4. All undergraduate transcripts--complete and official.

You will be asked to list all previous schools attended, but it is your responsibility to contact the schools for official transcripts. Note that you do not need to request any IU system transcripts; the MIS office can access IU transcripts.

5. Application fee: $35.

In order to complete the on-line submission process you will have to make electronic payment of the application fee via IU PayPlus.

6. Conversation with the MIS Director.

Once the complete application has been received, the MIS director will contact you to schedule a conversation, either in-person or by telephone, at your convenience.


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Advising in the M.I.S. graduate certificate program takes place both during the admissions process, when the director schedules an initial conversation with the applicant upon receipt of the complete application, and continuously over the course of the program, as individual degree pathways evolve.

For more information, contact Dr. Deborah Finkel, director of the M.I.S. program.

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Deborah Finkel Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Crestview Hall 019
Phone: (812) 941-2668

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