MIT Professional Education—Short Programs offers more than 50 courses and two professional certificates in two- to five-day sessions in the summer. Course topics include biotechnology, design and manufacturing, data analysis and modeling, engineering leadership, professional communications, and more. These intensive courses are designed to inform busy professionals through in-depth learning with long-term value. Courses combine MIT's breakthrough research, hands-on learning, and renowned faculty with insights from industry, government, and academic participants. These courses sharpen participants' competitive edge as today's technologies, industries, and organizations undergo rapid change.
Short Programs attendees come from across the United States and around the world. About 30 percent are international; another 20 percent come from New England states. Most are mid-career technical, scientific, business, and government professionals in their 20s through 50s who seek new skills for the purposes of a promotion, career advancement, or professional standing.
In addition to receiving a Certificate of Completion, Short Programs participants can earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Units for each course are specified on the course information page and are calculated based on learning contact hours. Participants can also enroll in Short Programs Professional Certificate Programs, designed to be completed within 1-2 years, in Innovation and Technology or Real Estate Finance and Development.