Innovation and Design Certificate

Certificate #209

Est.imated Completion Time: 12 months

Starts: Winter

Program Area: Global Security and Strategic Competition

POC: Program Manager

Modality: Distance Learning


This certificate supports students who are working to bring an innovation into adoption. The three courses teach how to design for a military environment, how processes of adoption work in organizations and communities, and how to learn the leadership skills to mobilize a community to adopt the innovation. The certificate includes a capstone project that applies the learning from the three courses to design a significant innovation and bring it into adoption in a military community. This certificate is delivered online with a mix of synchronous and asynchronous elements. It includes coaching for the capstone project. An optional in-person workshop will be offered for students who want to engage the courses practices with hands-on exercises.

Courses Required

Quarter Course
Quarter 1 MN3811
Quarter 2 CS4925
Quarter 3 DA4104
Quarter 4 CS Department
  • CS0809
  • GB4090
DA Department
  • DA4500

Requirements for Entry

  • 2.5 GPA and supervisor endorsement

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn the strategic skill of interpreting military history through the lens of technological change. In doing so, they will explore the common dynamics of success and failure in confronting emerging technologies.
  • Students will develop knowledge of commonly applied innovation adoption ideas, concepts, theories, frameworks and practices that are relevant for their military careers.
  • Students will learn the eight practices of innovation leadership and demonstrate them through a successful capstone project.
  • Students will define an innovation project that addresses a concern in a military community, design a new technology or process to deal with it, and bring it into early adoption.

Application Information

Applications are handled by the NPS Admissions Office. Please visit the admissions website or contact them at

Tuition & Service Obligation

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Other Information

Capstone due in fourth quarter. Capstone should be started by student in home department in Quarter 1 and be carried out in parallel with the courses. The particular capstone course use will be in the student’s home department.

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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