The 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:
- 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).
- Individualized Program Design: Students choose courses from multiple program areas, based on their PLP, and customize to meet their academic goals.
- 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.
- 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 ObjectivesiCert 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:
- Creative Problem Solving
- Cultural Responsiveness
- Lifelong Learning
- 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
- Homeland Security
- Human Services
- Learning Analytics
- Nonprofit Management
- Project Management
- Sports Leadership
- Technical Communication
Our admissions process operates on a rolling basis, however we do recommend following the application guidelines below to ensure you can begin during your desired start term. If you are an international applicant, please view our international application deadlines.
Fall Term A:
Start date: September 18
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 8
Fall Term B:
Start date: October 30
Recommended Admissions Deadline: September 18
Winter Term A:
Start date: January 9
Recommended Admissions Deadline: November 28
Winter Term B:
Start date: February 21
Recommended Admissions Deadline: January 9
Spring Term A:
Start date: April 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: February 27
Spring Term B:
Start date: May 22
Recommended Admissions Deadline: April 10
Summer Term A:
Start date: July 10
Recommended Admissions Deadline: May 29
Summer Term B:
Start date: August 7
Recommended Admissions Deadline: June 26
- Online application
- Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): identifies your educational goals and expectations of the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose
- Professional resume
- Official undergraduate transcripts: must be provided in a stamped and sealed envelope from the institution(s), stating degree conferral and date
- Two letters of recommendation: from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
- English Language Proficiency Proof: students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
- Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S, stating degree conferral and date
- TOEFL, IELTS, or NU Global Exam scores
16 total quarter hours required.
Choose a minimum of 12 quarter hours from the following:
Corporate and Organizational Communication
Northeastern's signature experiential learning model combines academics with professional practice to help students acquire relevant, real-world skills they can apply to their desired industry. Each program offers its own unique experiential learning opportunities, but they might include:
- Experiential Learning at Work — Working professionals collaborate with their employer to develop a project that addresses a key business need their company has in an area they want familiarity with.
- Experiential Network (XN) — Students work virtually with a sponsoring organization on a short-term project over a six-week period.
- Full-Time Co-op Opportunities — Students on co-op work in a paid position in their field of study for three to six months.
Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and in fields ranging from finance to education to biomedical science to management to the U.S. military. They serve as mentors and advisors, and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.
By enrolling in Northeastern, you gain access to a network of more than 230,000 alumni and 3,000 employer partners, including Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and global NGOs. Our current students and faculty across strategically located regional campuses further foster that lifelong global community of learning and mentoring.
Below is a look at where our Education & Learning alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.
Where They Work
- Boston Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- NYC Department of Education
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Tufts University
What They Do
- Community and Social Services
- Business Development
- Human Services
What They're Skilled At
- Public Speaking
- Curriculum Development
Learn more about Northeastern Alumni on Linkedin.