iCert – Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 16
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


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.
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 



Required Courses (4 q.h.)

EDU 6184 Interdisciplinary Foundations
2 q.h.
NEW Interdisciplinary Capstone 2 q.h.


Choose a minimum of 12 q.h. from the following courses:

Corporate and Organizational Communication:
CMN 6080 Intercultural Communications
3 q.h.
CMN 6020 Ethical Issues in Organizational Communication 3 q.h.
CMN 6015 Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media 3 q.h.
CMN 6110 Group Dynamics and Interpersonal Conflict: Meeting Management 3 q.h.
CMN 6060 Negotiation, Mediation, and Facilitation 3 q.h.
CMN 6025 Digital Era Skills: Platforms, Tools, and Techniques 3 q.h.


EDU 6319 How People Learn 4 q.h.
EDU 6323 Technology as a Medium for Learning 4 q.h.
EDU 6051 Culture, Equity, Power, and Influence 4 q.h.
EDU 6333 Social Media and Beyond 4 q.h.
EDU 6450 Globalization of Education 4 q.h.


Learning Analytics
EDU 6340 Learning Analytics Concepts and Theories 4 q.h.
EDU 6341 Introduction to Data Mining in Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6343 Predictive Modeling for Learning Analytics 4 q.h.
EDU 6182 Introduction to Education Statistics 4 q.h.


Homeland Security
HLS 6000 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 q.h.


Human Services
HLV 6100 Theory and Practice of Human Services 3 q.h.
HSV 6110 Human Services Management and Development 3 q.h.
HSV 6120 Social Inequality, Social Change, and Community Building 3 q.h.


LDR 6100 Developing Your Leadership Capability 3 q.h.
LDR 6110 Leading Teams 3 q.h.
LDR 6120 Organizational Leadership 3 q.h.


Nonprofit Management
NPM 6110 Legal and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6120 Financial Management for Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.
NPM 6150 Human Resources Management in Nonprofit Organizations 3 q.h.


Project Management
PJM 5900 Foundations of Project Management 4 q.h.
PJM 6000 Project Management Practices 3 q.h.
PJM 6205 Leading and Managing Technical Projects 3 q.h.
PJM 6210 Communication Skills for Project Managers 3 q.h.
PJM 6215 Leading Remote Project Teams 3 q.h.


Sports Leadership
LDR 6400 Sports Management 3 q.h.


Technical Communication
TCC 6100 Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing 4 q.h.
TCC 6450 Managing Technical Publications 4 q.h.
TCC 6430 Writing for the Computer Industry 4 q.h.


Required minimum credit hours: 16 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines
  • Website Transcript Copy: To submit and complete your application you are able to upload your unofficial transcript directly to your online application. It can be uploaded in PDF format directly to the online application. Please ensure that the scanned documents are readable and include all courses, grades, (i.e. marks, scores, etc.) and credits completed to date. The scanned documents should also include information pertaining to the institution's grading scale. If accepted, you will additionally need to provide your official transcript. In order for a transcript to be "official," it must be in a sealed envelope from the transferring college or university.

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $10,736.00.*

*This is the maximum tuition for this program. Tuition is based on individual course rates and will vary depending on which courses are taken.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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