The undergraduate I&E Certificate is open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Duke University and is earned upon graduation in conjunction with their major degree. Second-semester first-years, sophomores, and first-semester juniors are eligible to apply. Students may apply as early as the spring semester of their freshman year. The deadline to apply is the end of the drop/add period in the fall semester of a student’s junior year.
You are encouraged to apply as soon as you are eligible and feel ready to complete the application. The benefits of applying earlier are that you will have a longer period of time over which to complete the requirements and you will have earlier access to the advising and enrichment opportunities that accompany the program.
No, students are not rejected or denied from the Certificate. At each application deadline, we review all submitted applications. If you have sufficiently answered all questions and clearly articulated your Certificate plan, we will send you an acceptance confirmation. If we have questions about your application, we will return it to you and request additional information and offer to meet. If your application is returned, you will not need to reapply; rather, you will simply need to address the questions we have. We are here to help you be successful in creating your own Certificate pathway and learning goals.
There is no limit to the number of students we will admit to the program. The I&E Certificate is available to all eligible Duke undergraduates who, through their application, demonstrate a good fit with the program and can put together a cohesive and thoughtful pathway through the requirements. If there is any concern about a student’s application, the student will be counseled to determine if the I&E Certificate is the right fit for their Duke experience.
You should apply to the Certificate with a clear set of your goals for the program as well as a general interest area you would like to focus on through your coursework and experiences (e.g., technology, energy, social innovation, etc.). The self-designed pathway enables you to shape your Certificate in whatever way best serves your interests and goals and also allows your plan to evolve.
As a member of the I&E Certificate program, you will become part of a community of Duke students dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. Certificate students will also have individual advising as well as special access to workshops, speakers, mentorship, and networking opportunities.
You do not need to know what your specific experiences will be at the time you apply to the I&E Certificate. However, you should be able to broadly identify the type of experiences you want to undertake as part of the certificate, and justify why they are a good fit for your overall pathway through the program.
You may change the selection and timing of your courses and experiences after you are accepted into the program. We understand that your plan may evolve as you progress through your undergraduate career and accumulate more experience. Regardless, the courses and experiences you end up completing must together form a cohesive pathway and coherent story.
Once you are enrolled in the Certificate, you can request that a course be approved to meet the Certificate elective requirement; there is a form on our Current Students page to guide you in this process. We review submitted courses for their relation to I&E, as well as how they support a student’s individual learning goals and pathway.
The experiences should occur within the context of the undergraduate career and be aligned with your area of focus. Because the e-portfolio is intended to capture your experiences in real time and be a vehicle for reflection as you progress through the certificate, your experiences will be better maximized if you are part of the program when undertaking them. However, if you believe your case warrants an exception, please provide justification for this on the application in the relevant text box for describing your anticipated experience. Upon admission to the program, you will then need to complete an experience proposal in order to get official approval. At most, the program will be able to accept one experience that was completed prior to starting the program.
After you are admitted into the program, you will fill out a form that will be used to determine if an experience meets the criteria for the certificate. The general criteria for an experience are that it is hands-on and practical, is innovative and entrepreneurial in some way (meaning at some level, you are helping identify and solve problems), and helps further your individual objective(s) for completing the certificate.
The experiences are not time-bound. You may choose to do them at any time and over any period of time, as long as they meet the minimum hour requirements and are both completed prior to taking the Capstone.
After you are admitted into the program, you will be provided a comprehensive set of guidelines for completing the portfolio. This will provide clear instructions for everything from how to set up your portfolio to the specific content that it should contain and how it is assessed.