RITx MicroMasters Program in Design Thinking

Learn design thinking skills to develop innovative products.

Pursue the Program

What you will learn


User-centered research skills to gain user empathy through interviews and observations


Strategies to understand user context to identify and verify business problems


Ideation and visualization techniques to generate targeted and creative solutions


Methods for evaluating and applying user feedback from testing models

Program Overview

Innovation. Creativity. Strategic thinking. In the past year, more than 279,000 job postings have listed these skills. Another 239,000 mention design thinking.*

Why has design thinking become one of the most sought-after skills? Employers are looking for problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and analytical skills to enhance the capabilities of their employees to lead their companies into a successful future. Design thinking was developed out of the processes used by designers including user understanding and user experience, however, its application may be used to address non-product oriented problems as well –from innovating new product or service possibilities to implementing procedural change, or identifying a new strategic direction for the company.

In the Design Thinking MicroMasters program, you will learn how to use the design thinking process to solve problems creatively, collaboratively and empathetically. Earning the MicroMasters program certificate will equip you with knowledge of the processes and techniques used to solve problems and innovate in the workplace.

* Source: Burning Glass Technologies

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Time to completion

8 months
8-12 hours per week

Pathway to Credit 

Upon successful completion of the Design Thinking MicroMasters program, you will be prepared to advance in the workforce, and may also build on your work by applying to RIT. Admitted students may be awarded credit for their MicroMasters program certificate toward the advanced certificate in project management and/or the master of science in professional studies at RIT, resulting in an accelerated graduate degree.

Job Outlook

84% of global executives reported that innovation was extremely important to their growth strategies, but a staggering 94% were dissatisfied with their organizations’ innovation performance.

McKinsey poll

The corporate world has seen an explosion of innovation programs in the past few years, with 38% of the leading 200 companies setting up innovation centers in a global tech hub.

Campainlive.co.uk

The top in-demand skills include complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity and emotional intelligence.

World Economic Forum

Corporate Endorsement

“Autodesk is becoming increasingly aware of the value of design thinking as we deepen our design practice, and truly integrate it with engineering, product management, and data analysis. Design methods are helping us better see, understand, and act on our customer’s deeper needs and motivations. Tools for better framing problems, interacting with customers and among teams, and communicating solutions are critical for unlocking the business’s potential for growth and driving value in the world. New hires that have exposure and applied experience with these methods have a leg up.”

Adam Menter
Business Architect for Customer Success
Autodesk

Courses

Learn how a user-centered approach and design thinking principles inspire innovative ideas to create desirable solutions. 

This course provides an introduction to the foundational activities related to design thinking: a flexible, yet systematic process to define and solve problems. 

A common misconception is that design thinking requires artistry, but it is not centered on artistic principles. Design thinking is a strategy and mindset that can be applied to any industry to solve problems.

Enroll in the Design Thinking Fundamentals course on edX

See more details about this Design Thinking Fundamentals course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Learn how to identify and understand product or business problems through active listening, empathy, and user-focused research. 

When you immerse yourself in the context of the user, you can uncover pain points and find opportunities for improvement or innovation not always evident to your audience.

Enroll in the Design Thinking: Empathizing to Understand the Problem course on edX

See more details about this Design Thinking: Empathizing to Understand the Problem course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Learn how ideas transform into solutions through iteration and validation along with best practices for communicating your solution to stakeholders. 

Designing a successful and innovative solution requires creative ideas and their iteration. As critical phases of the design thinking process, ideation and iteration are often what distinguish design thinking from traditional or linear problem-solving approaches.

Enroll in the Design Thinking: Ideation, Iteration, and Communication course on edX

See more details about this Design Thinking: Ideation, Iteration, and Communication course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Learn the importance of prototyping and user testing solutions before going to market, and how to assess and evaluate solutions post-launch. 

Creating prototypes puts a proposed solution into action. In this course, you will learn the value of prototypes and user testing as critical components of the design thinking process.

Enroll in the Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing course on edX

See more details about this Design Thinking: Prototyping and User Testing course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained during the Design Thinking MicroMasters program. 

The capstone course will be a cumulative experience incorporating all aspects of the design thinking process, from end to end.

Enroll in the Design Thinking Capstone course on edX

See more details about this Design Thinking Capstone course on edx.org, including pricing, prerequisites, and more.

Frequently Asked Questions

The edX Help Center is an excellent resource which will likely have the answer to your question. If not, you may email info@edx.org with your question.

MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

To earn the program certificate, learners must successfully earn a verified certificate in all three project management courses, and pass the final comprehensive capstone exam.

Upon successful completion of the Design Thinking MicroMasters program, you may build on your work by applying to RIT. Admitted students may be awarded credit for their MicroMasters program certificate toward select graduate programs at RIT.

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Verified learners have the ability to receive a certificate to validate their successful completion of the edX course. Verified learners also are the only learners who will have the ability to participate in graded assessments.

During an active self-paced offering, all of the course content will be available to the learner upon enrollment. You can complete the course on your own schedule within the designated course start and end dates without any other date restrictions.

Instructor-paced offerings begin at a set date and content is released to all learners on a weekly basis. These offerings may include weekly deadlines for assignments or quizzes.

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