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Frequently Asked Questions

Can the Segal Design Certificate be combined with any major?

Yes, students can combine the Segal Design Certificate with any major of their choice.

Do I need earn a certain grade in a Segal Design Certificate course?

Grades must be “C” or higher for the course to be applied to the Segal Design Certificate.

Can I apply a graduate-level course towards the Segal Design Certificate?

No, graduate courses cannot be used toward the Segal Design Certificate.

How do I enroll in the Segal Design Certificate program?

During their sophomore or junior year, interested students should use the McCormick Advising System (MAS) to declare the Segal Design Certificate and enter their initial course plan.

Are there any prerequisites for the Segal Design Certificate program?

Yes. For engineering students, Design Thinking & Communication (DTC) satisfies this requirement. Students outside of McCormick can take Design Thinking and Doing to fulfill the prerequisite.

What do I need to do to receive the Segal Design Certificate when I graduate?

Students can update their course plan and  monitor their progress towards the certificate in the McCormick Advising System. The course plan will be reviewed as part of your graduation audit. Note that students receiving a degree outside of McCormick may still need to submit additional forms as part of their school's graduation process.
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