Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology

Certificate Program Overview  | How to Apply | Key Benefits | Who Should Attend | Why Study Innovation at MIT? | Requirements | Cost | Core Courses | Electives | Destination | Links & News

Certificate Program Overview

Building on MIT's prestigious reputation and innovative culture, MIT Professional Education is pleased to introduce the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology. Focused on building competitive advantage through innovation and technology, this credential signifies your depth of knowledge and skill in this high-value area.

Awarded upon successful completion of four qualifying Short Programs courses in Professional Education, this certificate equips you with the best practices and actionable knowledge needed to make a powerful impact on your organization's innovation efforts.

How to Apply

To apply, submit an application for the program using the link below, along with a non-refundable $275 application fee. After you have been accepted in to the program, you should then apply for the individual courses that you intend to take this year.

Applications for 2016 are closed.

If you are interested in applying for the program in 2017, please submit this form to receive notification when applications are open.

Key Benefits

The Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology reflects MIT's world-class status and innovative culture, enabling you to:

  • Learn in-person from renowned MIT faculty and leading industry practitioners
  • Network with an accomplished group of peers from around the globe
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Receive a 15% discount on future MIT Professional Education courses
  • Gain membership in the exclusive MIT Professional Education LinkedIn group
  • Receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the MIT Technology Review
  • Take "insider" tours of Kendall Square and the Cambridge Innovation Center
  • Updates on faculty research, new programs, and MIT initiatives via our newsletter
  • Groups from the same company and location with five or more registrations in the same year receive a 15% discount for all courses included in the Innovation Certificate Program. Please contact for details.

Who should attend

The Professional Certificate Program in Innovation and Technology Program is designed for:

  • Professionals who hold a bachelor's degree (at a minimum), possess at least three years of professional experience, and wish to build a culture of innovation within their organization
  • Entrepreneurs who want to learn from MIT faculty and industry experts
  • Managers who are charged with bringing innovative products and solutions to their organizations and to market

Why Study Innovation at MIT?

Located in one of the world's foremost centers of innovation—Cambridge, Massachusetts' Kendall Square—MIT is the world's leading university in science, technology, and innovation. Kendall Square's intersection at Vassar Street and Main Street —home of MIT Professional Education—was named "the world's most innovative intersection" by Wired magazine (November 2, 2015).

The power of innovation at MIT is undeniable. In fact, 25 percent of MIT alumni have founded companies with innovations that started at the school; 31 percent hold one or more patents, and in total, they've created 4.6 million jobs around the globe that generate nearly $2 trillion in annual revenues.

In the spirit of MIT's motto, "Mens et Manus" or mind and hand, Short Programs from MIT Professional Education combine both theoretical and research-based knowledge with practical hands-on experience and networking opportunities for working professionals.

Certificate Requirements

This Professional Certificate Program consists of a core of innovation-focused courses and several elective courses that have a strong innovation component. Earning the Professional Certificate requires the completion of four qualifying courses within two years. You can customize your learning experience by selecting the courses that are most relevant to you and your organization. You must select at least three core courses, with the fourth course being your choice of an additional core course, or an elective course.

  • Application deadline: April 30, 2016
  • Successful completion of four qualifying Short Programs courses, including at least three core courses
  • Courses take place in June, July, and August on MIT's campus
  • Courses must be taken within two years
  • Non-refundable application fee: $275

Note: Coursework completed in 2015 may be applied to your program requirements. Please contact for information.


The professional certificate program application fee is $275 (non-refundable). Each of the four courses will be paid at the per-course rate. Visit the Short Programs webpage for individual course information.

Core Courses

At least three of the four courses needed to complete the program must be core courses. All programs are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • Radical Innovation — June 6–8, 2016
    Discover the philosophy, tools, procedures, and incentives that your organization can adopt to drive innovation.
  • Innovative Precision Product Design — June 6–10, 2016
    Tackle your product innovation challenges and explore every step in the design process from concept to fabrication.
  • Agriculture, Innovation and the Environment — June 13–17, 2016
    Discover innovative technologies that address critical agricultural issues including macro/micro aspects of climate, the application of advanced materials, and the use of data and modeling to improve yield.
  • Technology, Organizations, and Innovation: Putting Ideas to Work — June 20–24, 2016
    Drawing on real-world lessons, acquire strategies for overcoming the bottlenecks that can impede innovation in both the public and private sectors.
  • Mastering Innovation and Design Thinking — July 11–13, 2016
    Acquire a design-thinking process for developing groundbreaking solutions and communicating your vision to senior management, colleagues, and consumers.
  • Understanding and Predicting Technological Innovation: New Data and Theory — July 11–15, 2016
    Gain insight into the dynamics of technological innovation by analyzing data sets, exploring theories, and applying both to real-world scenarios. 
  • The Invention Process July 18–22, 2016
    Examine the strategy, culture, and methodology of invention—and put those principles to work to identify inventive opportunities within your organization.
  • Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword — July 25–27, 2016
    Challenge yourself with hands-on activities that are designed to deepen your understanding of the design methods that foster disruptive innovation.


One of the four courses needed to complete the certificate program can be an elective. All courses are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

  • Multiscale Materials Design — June 20–24, 2016
    Explore practical problem-solving computational tools and experimental techniques to probe the structure of materials and their applications in new technologies.
  • Rapid Prototyping Technology — July 18–22, 2016
    Get hands-on experience with processes commonly used to rapidly fabricate prototypes including 3D printing, laser cutting, and thermoforming.
  • Beyond Smart Cities — July 25–27, 2016
    Examine innovative ways to overcome energy, environmental, and mobility challenges in today's high-density cities.
  • Additive Manufacturing: From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor — July 25–29, 2016
    Utilize state-of-the-art technology to explore the fundamentals, applications, and implications of additive manufacturing of polymers, metals, ceramics, nanocomposites, and biomaterials.
  • Advances in Imaging — August 1–4, 2016
    Gain a greater understanding of computational imaging, novel imaging platforms, and computational techniques through a mix of theory and practical applications.


MIT is located in the intellectual, exciting, and vibrant city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, nestled next to the state capital of Boston and right on the Charles River. MIT is located in Kendall Square, an innovation hub with more startups than any other place in the world (for example, at CIC). Take time to visit historic Boston while here—catch a Red Sox game, go whale watching, visit world-class museums, take a boat ride on the Charles River, visit Quincy Market, or explore other local area colleges. TripAdvisor's Best of Boston Tourism list may be a good resource.

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