Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing

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 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, design, and manufacturing efforts.

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How to Apply

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

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Registration Now Open! Application for this program will close by May 2020.

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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 for details.

Who should attend

The Professional Certificate Program in Design & Manufacturing 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 

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Certificate Requirements

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 with any questions.

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

Core Courses

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

You may select from the following Core courses:

Note: MIT Professional Education – 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.

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

  • Design of Electric Motors, Generators, and Drive Systems—June 1-5, 2020, $4,700 (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.
  • High-Speed Imaging for Motion Analysis: Systems and Techniques—June 8-11, 2020, $3,500 (4 days)
    Learn the fundamentals of lighting, imaging technologies, and motion analysis—and then apply your newfound knowledge by making high-speed images in the laboratory.
  • Design-Driven Innovation—June 22-24, 2020, $3900 (3 days)
    Harness the power of design processes to facilitate innovation and enable thoughtful, inspired leadership.
  • Device Manufacturing: From Energy to AI—July 27-29, 2020, $3,300 (3 days)
    Explore fundamental manufacturing and design considerations for solid state devices, including energy storage and information transmitting devices for AI. 

Note: MIT Professional Education – 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.


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