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 efforts.

How to Apply

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

Registration is now open!

Key Benefits

The Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & 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 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 Innovation Certificate Program. Please contact us for details.

Who should attend

The Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & Technology 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.


"If you're considering the Innovation & Technology Certificate Program, just do it. You're going to walk away with a new mindset, new network, and a lot of new knowledge."
Christina Woodwick, Advisor, Executive Leadership, Shell Oil Company

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 at least 16 days of qualifying courses, which may include up to one elective. For purposes of certificate completion, for courses with half-days, the total is rounded up (e.g. a course that is five half-days in length is considered as 3 full days). 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 (or in a live virtual format)
  • 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.

Participants who have been accepted into the program prior to November 2018 will complete under the legacy program requirements, which consists of four qualifying courses, one of which may be an elective.


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.

Core Courses

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

  • Innovation Dynamics Post-COVID⁠ —This course will not run in 2021 and is planned for summer 2022, date TBD. This course has a pre-requisite self-paced online component and counts as 5 days towards completing the certificate program.
    Discover the philosophy, tools, procedures, and incentives that your organization can adopt to drive innovation.
  • Design-Driven Innovation⁠— June 28-30, 2021 (3 days)
    Harness the power of design processes to facilitate innovation and enable thoughtful, inspired leadership.
  • Mastering Innovation & Design-Thinking⁠— July 14-16, 2021, (3 days)
    Acquire a design-thinking process for developing groundbreaking solutions and communicating your vision to senior management, colleagues, and consumers.
  • The Invention Process: Invention in the Context of Innovation ⁠— This course will not run in 2021 and is planned for summer 2022, date TBD 
    Learn the culture and methodology of the inventor, starting from the conviction that everyone can improve their ability to invent.
  • Inclusive Innovation: Designing for a Better World⁠— June 7-11, 2021 (5 half-days)
    Delve into an evidence-based, innovation-driven, problem-solving approach called Participatory Design.
  • Applied Inclusive Business: Scaling Technology in Low Income Markets⁠— TBD Summer 2022 (will not be offered in 2021)(6 half-days)
    Through live product cases, workshops and discussions with guest speakers, gain a toolbox of practical frameworks to initiate or augment Inclusive Business initiatives in your own institution.
  • Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword⁠— TBD Summer 2022 (not offered in 2021) (3 days)
  • Challenge yourself with hands-on activities that are designed to deepen your understanding of the design methods that foster disruptive innovation.
  • Organizations, Innovation, and Technology: Putting Ideas to Work ⁠— This course will not run in 2021 and is planned for summer 2022, date TBD (5 days)
    Drawing on real-world lessons, acquire strategies for overcoming the bottlenecks that can impede innovation in both the public and private sectors.

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

  • Predictive Multiscale Materials Design—June 21-25, 2021 (5 days)
    Explore practical problem-solving computational tools and experimental techniques to probe the structure of materials and their applications in new technologies.
  • Persuasive Communication Bootcamp— June 28-July 1, 2021 (4 days)
    Improve your communication skills through a mixture of discussion and hand-on workshops.
  • Engineering Leadership for Emerging Leaders— July 19-23, 2021 (5 day)
    Improve your leadership skills by learning from the latest breakthroughs in the practice of leadership.
  • Understanding and Predicting Technological Innovation: New Data and Theory—July 19-22, 2021 (4 half-days)
    Three modules analyzing data, exploring theories, and applying methods to guide innovation-related decision-making, investment, and various other utilities.
  • Designing Tomorrow's Cities—July 26-28, 2021, (3 days)
    Work closely with industry and government professionals across a range of disciplines to explore innovative urban design solutions—and enhance your ability to integrate the latest sensor and actuator architecture and other cutting-edge technologies into the built environment.   
  • Digital Transformation, Value Creation, and Breakthrough Innovation— July 26-28, 2021, (3 days)
    Discover how to develop breakthrough innovations, gain valuable insights into consumers’ needs, and influence key stakeholders.
  • Metal Additive Manufacturing: Fundamentals, Design, and IndustrializationThis course will not run in 2021 and is planned for summer 2022, date TBD
    Utilize state-of-the-art technology to explore the fundamentals, applications, and implications of additive manufacturing of polymers, metals, ceramics, nanocomposites, and biomaterials.
  • Solving Complex Problems: Structured Thinking, Design Principles, and AI— August 9-13, 2021 (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.
  • Engineering Leadership in the Age of AI—TBD 2022 (will not be offered in 2021) (5 days)
    Implement the key leadership tenets taught in the course: identifying and developing a strategic vision, formulating a competitive value proposition, convening and developing a high performing team, and building a culture that supports new AI applications. 
  • Enabling Innovation: Designing Research Facilities—TBD Summer 2022 (will not be offered in 2021) (4 days)
    Explore recent trends in the design and operation of facilities designated for advancing and facilitating innovation, research, and development. 

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.


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.