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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 coursework to help you gain detailed and valuable cross-disciplinary knowledge about the structure, finance, and success measures of public policy and philanthropy.

Certificate Options

Nonprofit and Mission-Driven Management

For professionals who want to become leaders and managers of nonprofit and other mission-driven enterprises.

Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship

For professionals who want to become economic development leaders or social entrepreneurs in the nonprofit, private, or public sectors.

Public Management

For professionals who want to become leaders in the public sector.

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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.

Certificate courses can be counted as electives in the MDes program of study.

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