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About This Certificate

Propel your company—and career—into the future. This online course of study immerses students in design thinking methodologies, enabling them to address business challenges across industries. Students emerge equipped to lead innovation and implement creative strategies that inspire new perspective in a range of business roles or opportunities.

Timeline to Completion: Courses last six weeks or less. Most students take two courses per semester. Certificate must be completed in two years, but many students finish in three semesters or one year.

Enrollment Type: Noncredit

Number of Courses: 5 courses

Format: Online only

Course Sequence: Students planning to complete the certificate are advised to take Design Thinking Fundamentals first and Futures and Foresight last.

$550 per course; $2,750 total


5 required courses

  • Design Thinking Fundamentals 
  • Economic and Cultural Context of Design
  • Design Leadership and Management
  • Design and Innovation for Sustainable Business 
  • Futures and Foresight
Required Courses
Design Thinking Fundamentals (Online - 1 of 5)
  • Feb 25 - Apr 07 , Spring 2019
  • Huang, Lee-Sean
Economic & Cultural Context of Design (Online - 2 of 5)
  • Feb 25 - Apr 14 , Spring 2019
  • Blondin, Holly
Design Leadership & Management (Online - 3 of 5)
  • Apr 01 - May 12 , Spring 2019
  • Cardimona, Edward
Design and Innovation for Sustainable Business (Online - 4 of 5)
  • Jan 22 - Mar 03 , Spring 2019
  • Gizer, Gokce
Futures and Foresight (Online - 5 of 5)
  • Feb 25 - Apr 14 , Spring 2019
  • Huang, Lee-Sean
What You'll Learn
  1. Interview and observation techniques to achieve insights into behavior that guide design thinking.
  2. Prototyping using simple materials, tools and skills.
  3. A broad understanding of key trends and forces shaping the economic and social context in the 21st century.
  4. Insight into how decisions are made that incorporate trends, forces, and broader contexts into business practice.
  5. Ways of designing innovative business models to turn sustainability challenges into competitive advantages.
Who Should Enroll
  • Professionals who want to understand the power of using a design-led approach to innovate business solutions across industries.
  • Intra- and entrepreneurs looking to transform business practices with creative solutions.
  • Professionals who want to learn how to integrate risk-taking and innovation practices into their leadership and management roles.

Jobs that utilize creative business strategies:

  • Senior Design Strategist
  • Design Research Strategist
  • Design Thinking Specialist
  • Innovation Analyst or Specialist
  • UX Designer
  • Director of Strategy
  • Store Operations Strategist
  • Manager/Corporate Strategy
  • Workforce Planning Analyst

How to Enroll

More than a course.
A new kind of network.
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