iCert - Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies

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Why Professional Studies?

The online Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies (iCert) is designed to provide flexible multidisciplinary course options aligned with individual or organizational needs.

The contemporary workplace challenges professionals to develop and sustain the ever-changing skill sets and multidisciplinary workplace competencies required for success as innovators, leaders and change agents. Organizations are similarly challenged in fostering employee professional development to meet the fluctuating demands of a highly technological and global economy. Today’s professionals desire state-of-the-art approaches for continuing their education, including shorter, flexible, modularized, and just-in-time academic opportunities. To meet the growing demand for 21st-century learning, custom tailored to individual and organizational needs, Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies created the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies – or iCert for short. iCert represents a radically different approach to professional and academic learning. This first-of-its-kind certificate is uniquely designed to provide flexible multidisciplinary course options aligned with individual or organizational needs by incorporating three powerful learning components:

  1. Intentional Planning and Reflection: Students identify and reflect on professional strengths, needs, aptitudes and career interests in their iCert Foundations course, resulting in a personalized Professional Learning Plan (PLP).
  2. Individualized Program Design: Students choose courses from multiple program areas, based on their PLP, and customize to meet their academic goals.
  3. Innovative Experiential Learning: Students choose from credit or noncredit real-world learning opportunities through Northeastern’s online Experiential Network and their final iCert Capstone course, connecting classroom learning to their current or future professional aspirations.

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Unique Features

  • Students design a personalized Professional Learning Plan (PLP)
  • Courses from iCert may be applied toward ten eligible Master's degrees
  • Students participate in real-world learning opportunities through Northeastern’s online Experiential Network
  • iCert Capstone course connects classroom learning to current or future professional aspirations

Program Objectives

iCert graduates will be able to:
  • Identify, reflect on, and articulate professional goals in order to envision a future self.
  • Develop a career focus that integrates and builds or enhances knowledge, skills, and attitudes around the following multidisciplinary workplace competencies:
    • Communications
    • Creative Problem Solving
    • Cultural Responsiveness
    • Leadership
    • Lifelong Learning
    • Management
    • Systems Thinking
    • Technological Proficiency
  • Translate classroom learning into practice through authentic workplace experiences.
  • Build a professional practice as individuals, members of organizations, and socially responsible members of the global community.
  • Continue graduate studies in the following 10 master’s degrees:
    • Corporate and Organizational Communication
    • Education
    • Homeland Security
    • Human Services
    • Leadership
    • Learning Analytics
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Project Management
    • Sports Leadership 

    • Technical Communication

What you'll study

General Requirements

Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies General Requirements

16 total quarter hours required.

EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations
2.00
EDU 6980 - Interdisciplinary Capstone
2.00

Choose a minimum of 12 quarter hours from the following:

Corporate and Organizational Communication

CMN 6080 - Intercultural Communication
3.00
CMN 6020 - Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication
3.00
CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
3.00
CMN 6110 - Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management
3.00
CMN 6060 - Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation
3.00
CMN 6025 - Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques
3.00

Education

EDU 6319 - How People Learn
4.00
EDU 6323 - Technology as a Medium for Learning
4.00
EDU 6051 - Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence
4.00
EDU 6333 - Social Media and Beyond
4.00
EDU 6450 - The Globalization of Education
4.00

Learning Analytics

EDU 6340 - Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories
4.00
EDU 6341 - Introduction to Data Mining in Education
4.00
EDU 6343 - Predictive Modeling for Learning Analytics
4.00
EDU 6182 - Educational Statistics
4.00

Homeland Security

HLS 6000 - Introduction to Homeland Security
3.00

Human Services

HSV 6100 - Theory and Practice of Human Services
3.00
HSV 6110 - Human Services Management and Development
3.00
HSV 6120 - Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building
3.00

Leadership

LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
6.00
LDR 6110 - Leading Teams
6.00
LDR 6120 - Organizational Leadership
6.00

Nonprofit Management

NPM 6110 - Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations
3.00
NPM 6120 - Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations
3.00
NPM 6150 - Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations
3.00

Project Management

PJM 5900 - Foundations of Project Management
4.00
PJM 6000 - Project Management Practices
3.00
PJM 6205 - Leading and Managing Technical Projects
3.00
PJM 6210 - Communication Skills for Project Managers
3.00
PJM 6215 - Leading Remote Project Teams
3.00

Sports Leadership

LDR 6400 - Sports Management
3.00

Technical Communication

TCC 6100 - Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
4.00
TCC 6450 - Managing Technical Publications
4.00
TCC 6430 - Writing for the Computer Industry
4.00

Did You Know?

A graduate certificate can boost your earnings by an average of 25% (Washington Post, 2012).

Stackable Certificate

Credits earned completing iCert can be applied towards several key Master’s Degree programs.

Average Time to Completion

6-12 Months

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Winter