Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Technology and Society

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

District 3 and the Centre for Engineering in Society are proud to announce Concordia University’s new Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Technology and Society. This 15-credit program is open to students from any academic discipline holding or near completion of a bachelor’s degree in their academic program. It is also suitable for practicing professionals interested in adding innovation skills to their professional portfolio.

The Theoretical Core

This certificate will develop students’ knowledge of innovation processes in commercial and social entrepreneurship. Students will work in cross-disciplinary teams as they complete two theoretical course, a seminar, and a semester long practicum at District 3. Certificate students will share a common nine-credit core sequence:

  • ENCS 6041 Creativity, Innovation and Critical Thinking, a four-credit course in ideation techniques and innovation methods
  • ENCS 6042 Communication for the Innovation Process, a four-credit course in user-centered communication techniques for innovation processes
  • ENCS 6043 Seminar in the Innovation Process, a one-credit seminar and critiqued project presentation focused on preparing an innovation project for execution in the District 3 practicum.

The District 3 Practicum

While several North American universities offer innovation certificates, none offer a practicum component. We are very proud to be able to offer our students the full resources of District 3 for their innovation projects. The practicum will consist of:

  • ENCS 6043 Seminar in the Innovation Process, a one-credit seminar and critiqued project presentation focused on preparing an innovation project for execution in the District 3 practicum.
  • ENCS 6042 Communication for the Innovation Process, a four-credit course in user-centered communication techniques for innovation processes
  • ENCS 6043 Seminar in the Innovation Process, a one-credit seminar and critiqued project presentation focused on preparing an innovation project for execution in the District 3 practicum.

In District 3, certificate students will be coached and mentored by District 3 staff, attend District 3 instructional seminars and events, and be immersed in District 3’s unique innovation ecosystem. Throughout the practicum, teams will work toward developing a prototype and preparing a pitch that can be used to promote the project after completion of the certificate.

For more information and how to apply