The Business of Design graduate certificate is an 18-credit program that exposes students to issues and contexts relevant to the creation and management of design-driven organizations. This certificate program, which can be taken online or on campus, provides 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 Business of Design enables students to formulate strategic responses to the ongoing restructuring of the global economy. The program challenges 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 to 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 certificate can be completed 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.
curriculum of the certificate program is drawn from that of the
MS in Strategic Design and Management and consists of six 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 U.S. college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign college or university.
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The graduate certificate is awarded for completion of 18 credits. Transfer credits are not accepted. Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and fulfill all requirements in a timely manner.
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Applicants should submit a complete application by January 1. To be most competitive for admission, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the January 1 priority deadline pending space availability in the program. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.
Financial Aid Deadline
Merit scholarships are not available for this program. If you are a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen, we encourage you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found on the Web at
www.fafsa.gov. The FAFSA is available each year on January 1. You do not need to wait for an admission decision to apply for federal aid; we recommend submitting by our FAFSA priority deadline of March 1 for fall applicants. (The New School’s federal school code is 002780.)
All applicants are required to apply online. Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.
Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an
Application Materials Cover Sheet. All supporting materials must be received before your application can be reviewed.
See below for additional information regarding submission of transcripts and recommendations.
Rhea Alexander Program Director
Raz Godelnik Program Director