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Design Ethnography Admissions

Admissions Requirements

To qualify for this program you must have:

  • Be admitted to Boise State as a degree-seeking student OR
  • Be admitted to Boise State as a non-degree seeking student

There are no specific program admissions requirements for the Design Ethnography Certificate. If you apply as a degree seeking student, you will receive a diploma showing successful completion of the certificate. Non-degree seeking students will have the ETHNO courses listed on transcript, but will not receive a certificate diploma.

Application Deadlines by Semester

SemesterApplication DeadlineCourses Begin
SummerApril 1Early May
FallJuly 10Late August
SpringNovember 30Early January

Review the online program calendar (PDF) for semester start dates and deadlines. Please note: This is a summary of key dates within the academic calendar for online programs and is subject to change. For current official academic calendar details, please refer to the Boise State Academic Calendar.


image of Dr. John Ziker“We are excited to offer this unique online certificate in which the methods and ethics of Anthropology are applied in a step-by-step experiential process. The program fosters knowledge about the design research and related qualitative research fields and helps students develop relevant career skills.”Dr. John Ziker - Ethnography Certificate Director, Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology


To apply for this program

Step 1 – Apply to Boise State University

  • Submit the Boise State University Undergraduate Admission Application online.

    If you are applying as degree seeking:
    • In the Semester and Major section of the application, select “Certificate Only – ONLINE” as your academic area of interest and that you are interested in taking courses Entirely through online delivery.

    If you are applying as non-degree seeking:
    • In the Academic Goal section of the application, select “I want to attend Boise State University part-time”
    • In the Type of Admission section of the application, select “Option 2: Non-degree Seeking”

Important note about non-degree seeking

As a nondegree-seeking student, you can register for any combination of courses totaling seven or fewer credits; or a maximum of two courses, even if these courses total more than seven credits. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid and will not receive a degree certificate upon completion of the program.

Step 2 – Request Official Transcripts

If you are applying as degree seeking: Request official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities you attended.

If you are applying as non-degree seeking: There is no need to submit official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities you’ve attended. If you want to enroll in courses outside of the Design Ethnography Certificate program, you may need to supply unofficial transcripts as proof of completing any prerequisite courses.

Step 3 – Contact a Design Ethnography Representative

After you are admitted to Boise State University send your ID number to your Design Ethnography Representative and we will grant you access to register for the Design Ethnography Courses.

Application Checklist

  • Apply to Boise State University
  • If needed, submit all official transcripts
  • If degree-seeking, apply for Financial Aid
  • Contact representative
  • Register for courses

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