Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & Technology

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Building on MIT's prestigious reputation and innovative culture, MIT Professional Education is pleased to offer the Professional Certificate Program in Innovation & 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 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.

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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. In your application form you may select which courses you intend to take in 2019.

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Application Deadline: May 17

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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 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

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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 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.

Participants who have been accepted into the program prior to November 2018 are grandfathered in to the previous curriculum, which consists of four qualifying courses, one of which may be an elective.

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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).

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.

  • Radical Innovation November 4-6, 2019, $3500 (3 days)
    Discover the philosophy, tools, procedures, and incentives that your organization can adopt to drive innovation.
  • Organizations, Innovation, and Technology: Putting Ideas to Work Date TBD 2020 (5 days)
    Drawing on real-world lessons, acquire strategies for overcoming the bottlenecks that can impede innovation in both the public and private sectors.
  • Design-Driven Innovation Date TBD 2020 (3 days)
    Harness the power of design processes to facilitate innovation and enable thoughtful, inspired leadership.
  • Mastering Innovation & Design-Thinking January 22-24, 2020 (3 days) an additional session will run in Summer 2020, date TBD
    Acquire a design-thinking process for developing groundbreaking solutions and communicating your vision to senior management, colleagues, and consumers.
  • Innovation: Beyond the Buzzword Date TBD 2020 (3 days)
    Challenge yourself with hands-on activities that are designed to deepen your understanding of the design methods that foster disruptive innovation.
  • Inclusive Innovation: Designing for a Better World Date TBD 2020, $5300 (5 days)
    Delve into an evidence-based, innovation-driven, problem-solving approach called Participatory Design.
  • The Invention Process: Invention in the Context of Innovation (5 days) Note: This program will not be running in 2020 Examine the strategy, culture, and methodology of invention—and put those principles to work to identify inventive opportunities within your organization.

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


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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