The Graduate Certificate in Design Business is an 18-credit online program that will expose students to issues and contexts relevant to the creation and management of design-driven organizations. The certificate program will provide quick and convenient training in state-of-the-art best practices in management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for the evolving new economy.
The Graduate Certificate in Design Business will enable students to formulate strategic responses to the ongoing restructuring of the global economy. The program will challenge students to develop new business frameworks using the design thinking, entrepreneurial focus, and foundation in social responsibility for which Parsons is known. The program is particularly well suited for early- to mid-career professionals in creative fields, innovation-focused companies, and firms that routinely employ design, as well as business professionals seeking to complement their design and business skills with practical application. Because the program is entirely online, it's ideal for students who want access to Parsons' faculty of experienced practitioners from New York City and around the world but cannot come to New York City to study.
The curriculum of the certificate program is drawn from that of the MS in Strategic Design and Management and consists of six online courses in design management, business, innovation, and leadership. The courses address issues confronting design-intensive and creative industries that deliver sustainable services, innovative experiences, and design-inspired solutions for an increasingly interconnected and mobile global economy.
Because these courses are required for both the certificate and the MS, students from the two programs take classes together.
Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited American college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.