Innovation and Design Certificate

Certificate #209

Starts: Winter

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

Course Details
Course 1 MN3811
Course 2 CS4925
Course 3 DA4104
Course 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

For information regarding tuition, please contact the NPS Tuition office at, or contact this offering’s POC at

For information regarding service obligation, please visit the Admissions Office’s Eligibility/Service Obligation page.

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 Jan 2024

    Spring Quarter applications due

  •  01 Apr 2024

    Summer Quarter applications due

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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Academic Calendar

  •  09 Oct 2023

    Columbus Day (holiday)

  •  24 Oct 2023

    Shift day: treat as Friday class schedule

  •  10 Nov 2023

    Veteran's Day (holiday)

See NPS Academic Calendar for more dates.