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Focused on essential aspects of design, analysis, and manufacturing, this credential affords you the skill and insights to transform your processes. Equipped with these targeted strategies, you’ll be well prepared to reduce time to market while adapting the latest materials and technologies.


Awarded upon successful completion of 16 or more days of 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, design, and manufacturing efforts.


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Who Should Attend

The Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing is designed for professionals in a wide range of industries including automotive, robotics, aerospace, defense, mechanical engineering, product design, computer graphics, and shipbuilding. Participant backgrounds include:

  • Professionals with at least three years of professional experience who hold a bachelor's degree (at a minimum) in a technical background
  • Research scientists, engineers, developers, designers, and project managers
  • Product development and manufacturing executives
  • Technology and innovation strategists 

How to Apply

To apply, submit an application for the program using the link below, along with a non-refundable $325 application fee.

This Professional Certificate Program consists of a core of design and manufacturing-focused courses and several elective courses that have a strong design or manufacturing component. Earning the Professional Certificate requires the completion of at least 16 days of qualifying courses, which may include up to one elective. You can customize your learning experience by selecting the courses that are most relevant to you and your organization. The program must be completed within 36 months of completing the first qualifying course.

  • Successful completion of 16 or more days of qualifying Short Programs courses, including up to one elective
  • Courses primarily take place in June, July, and August on MIT's campus
  • Courses must be completed within 36 months of your first qualifying course
  • Non-refundable application fee: $325 

Note: Courses that have been completed prior to applying for the certificate program may count towards your program requirements (keeping in mind that the full program must be completed within the 36-month window). Contact us with any questions.

Key Benefits

The Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing 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 Short Programs and Digital Plus Programs courses
  • Gain membership in the exclusive MIT Professional Education LinkedIn group
  • Receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the MIT Technology Review upon completion of the program
  • 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 Design & Manufacturing Certificate Program. Please contact us for details.

Core Courses

All programs are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

You may select from the following Core courses:

Note: MIT Professional Education's Short Programs is committed to providing a diverse and updated portfolio of Short Programs courses and reserves the right to change these course selections in future years.


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

  • Deep Learning for AI and Computer Vision—  (5 days)
    Develop practical skills necessary to build highly accurate, advanced computer vision applications. Participants should have experience in programming with Python, as well as experience with linear algebra, calculus, statistics, and probability.
  • Design-Driven Innovation— (3 days)
    Harness the power of design processes to facilitate innovation and enable thoughtful, inspired leadership.
  • Designing Efficient Deep Learning Systems—  (2 days)
    Discover how to overcome power, memory, and processing challenges to deploy complex deep learning neural networks on IoT-enabled devices such as cell phones, wearables, and drones. 
  • Design of Electric Motors, Generators, and Drive Systems— (5 days)
    Analyze and design electric motors, generators, and drive systems—with a special emphasis on the design of machines for electric drives, including traction drives and drive motors for robots.
  • Solving Complex Problems: Structured Thinking, Design Principles, and AI— (5 days)
    Explore the strategies and frameworks you need to implement large-scale systems that can have significant positive impact—and minimize the probability of failure.

Note: MIT Professional Education's Short Programs is committed to providing a diverse and updated portfolio of Short Programs courses and reserves the right to change these course selections in future years.

How to Apply

The professional certificate program application fee is $325 (non-refundable). Each of the courses will be paid at the per-course rate. Visit our course catalog for individual course information.