Programs for designers interested in social innovation and public policy.

As part of the MDES degree experience, and in partnership with the Stuart School of Business, students are able to develop deeper expertise in social innovation through the pursuit of certificates including Non-Profit and Mission-Driven Management, Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship, and Public Management. Students who obtain these certificates will gain cross-disciplinary knowledge of how public policy and philanthropy work, or how non-profits are structured, financed, and measured for success.

Each certificate consists of 12 credits (4 courses) earned as electives 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.

Certificates

Nonprofit and Mission-Driven Management Certificate: Designed for professionals who want to become leaders and managers of nonprofit and other mission-driven enterprises.

Curriculum
PA 502 Leading and Managing Knowledge-Intensive Organizations

And at least three of the following courses: 
PA 505 The Law and the Nonprofit Sector
PA 533 Advanced Financial Management For Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PA 540 Alternative Dispute Resolution
PA 541 Performance Measurement in Nonprofit and Public Management
PA 543 Public Policy, Nonprofits, and Philanthropy
PA 556 Public Management Strategies for the 21st Century
PA 565 The Nonprofit Sector
PA 566 Nonprofits and the Public Sector
PA 570 Social Capital and the Community
PA 579 Ethics & Professional Responsibility
 

Economic Development and Social Entrepreneurship Certificate: Designed for professionals who want to become economic development leaders or social entrepreneurs in the nonprofit, private or public sectors.

Curriculum
PA 568 Strategic Competitiveness in the Public Sector

And at least three of the following courses: 
PA 533 Advanced Financial Management For Public & Nonprofit Organizations
PA 539 Local Government Management
PA 550 Social Entrepreneurship
PA 551 Public Infrastructure Management
PA 555 Introduction to Urban & Regional Planning
PA 556 Public Management Strategies for the 21st Century
PA 557 Urban and Regional Development
PA 570 Social Capital & the Community
PA 578 Planning and Policy Making and the Built Environment
 

Public Management Certificate: Designed for professionals who want to become leaders in the public sector.

Curriculum
Select one course from the following:
PA 501 Essentials for Public Management in a Complex Society
PA 502 Leading and Managing Knowledge-Intensive Organizations
PA 532 Managing Public Financial Resources in a Changing World

And at least three of the following courses: 
PA 511 Comparative Public Administration
PA 516 Information Technology in Public Administration
PA 522 Effective Management of Human Resources in Environment of Scarce Resources
PA 533 Advanced Financial Management For Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PA 539 Local Government Management
PA 540 Alternative Dispute Resolution
PA 541 Performance Management in Nonprofit and Public Management
PA 551 Public Infrastructure Management
PA 556 Public Management Strategies for the 21st Century
PA 562 Urban and Metropolitan Government
PA 568 Strategic Competitiveness in the Public Sector
PA 578 Planning and Policy Making and the Built Environment
PA 579 Ethics & Professional Responsibility
PA 580 Policy Evaluation Analytics
 

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Co-founder of Greater Good, Sara Aye, says, “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.”
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