IBM Enterprise Design Thinking Graduate Certificate

Power up your future with Enterprise Design Thinking skills and digital credentials—for free.

IBM Design

Program Information

  • Course Overview

    Are you eager to revolutionize your problem-solving skills and drive better business outcomes? Do you want to get hands-on experience with Design Thinking practices and boost your professional toolkit?

    This 10-week, no-cost certification program aims to provide a human- centered framework for problem-solving at the speed and scale of the modern enterprise.

    The hybrid asynchronous/synchronous format follows a hands-on learning approach with 30% lectures and 70% group activities. Through engaging activities such as user research, ideation sessions, and prototyping exercises, you will gain a deep understanding of the design thinking framework and its practical applications, empowering you to solve real-world industry challenges effectively.

    You won't just learn theory; you'll get to apply your newly acquired knowledge in a real-world setting. Working alongside a community partner organization, you'll apply design thinking solutions to help tackle challenges within their organization.

    The program is designed to provide you with baseline and enterprise-specific design thinking capabilities and skills that will allow you to provide better solutions and make an impact within your communities.

  • Who may apply?

    Applications for the 2024 Spring Cohort are now closed. Please check back for future cohorts!

    Vanderbilt University students, staff, and faculty interested in honing their design thinking skills to solve real-world challenges with human-centered solutions are all encouraged to apply. No prior design thinking experience is necessary!

  • When is the course?

    Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CT; February 7th to April 17th.

  • Contact Us

    For any questions or to learn more please contact Mandy Lalrindiki at

Key Dates and Timeline

  • Wednesdays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM CT; February 7th to April 17th.

Completion Expectations and Requirements

Throughout the program, you’ll be guided through a process that will help you complete each deliverable by the required deadline. These include:

  • An online 2-hour, pre-requisite course: Enterprise Design Thinking, Practitioner. Participants will be required to complete the pre-requisite prior to the first day of class. Online access will be granted upon acceptance into the program.
  • Completion of all online course modules via the Brightspace learning platform.
  • Attend at least 8 out of 10 weekly, in-person classroom sessions, as well as all community partner meetings. These consist of 4 opportunities throughout the course for participants to meet with and receive feedback from community partners as they tackle their specific design challenges and develop prototypes.
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