Design + Public Administration Certificates

IIT Institute of Design (ID) Master of Design (MDes) students interested in public policy and civic design can develop deeper expertise in social innovation by pursuing one of our certificates. In partnership with the Stuart School of Business, we offer this focused graduate-level course work to help you gain detailed and valuable cross-disciplinary knowledge about the structure, finance, and success measures of public policy and philanthropy.

Certificates

Nonprofit and Mission-Driven Management

Curriculum + Courses
We offer this certificate curriculum for professionals who want to become leaders and managers of nonprofit and other mission-driven enterprises.

Leading and Managing Knowledge-Intensive Organizations

And at least three of the following courses:

The Law and the Nonprofit Sector
Advanced Financial Management For Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Performance Measurement in Nonprofit and Public Management
Public Policy, Nonprofits, and Philanthropy
Public Management Strategies for the 21st Century
The Nonprofit Sector
Nonprofits and the Public Sector
Social Capital and the Community
Ethics and Professional Responsibility

Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship

Curriculum + Courses
We designed this certificate curriculum for professionals who want to become economic development leaders or social entrepreneurs in the nonprofit, private, or public sectors.

And at least three of the following courses: 

Public Management

Curriculum + Courses
We designed this certificate curriculum for professionals who want to become leaders in the public sector.

Select one course from the following:

And at least three of the following courses:

Timing

  • Each 12-credit certificate can be counted as elective courses in the MDes program of study.
  • Students pursuing these certificates typically complete them in the final year of their program.
  • A separate application and admission to the Stuart School of Business is required to enroll, which students will submit during their first year of study at ID.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for more information. If you have additional questions regarding our application process or requirements, please send an email to admissions@id.iit.edu or call us at 312 595 4900.

 “Human-centered design is a powerful toolkit for addressing not only business problems, but social problems. If you’re a designer looking to make a meaningful difference in our world, it’s critical to start with a deep understanding of the social sector.”
–Sara Aye, Co-founder of Greater Good Studio and ID alumnus