Online Specializations

Online Specializations

Learn from anywhere

For ambitious professionals with flexibility in mind, Darden online specializations push the limits of what's possible in a digital learning environment. Mirroring the intimate, discussional atmosphere of our classrooms, participants can accelerate their career trajectories from the office, the couch or the coffee shop.

Design Thinking and Innovation Specialization

A field leader in creative problem solving, Darden's Design Thinking and Innovation Specialization investigates the processes behind rapid idea generation and conscious solutions to difficult business challenges.

How You'll Get it

Taught through four 5-week project-based online courses, the Design Thinking and Innovation Specialization meshes a flexible format with videos, readings, assignments and facilitated conversations to simulate the classroom experience.

  • Design Thinking Part I: Insights to Inspiration

    Identify a human-centered challenge to solve, focus on the needs of your target audience and determine the insights and tools necessary to come up with an ideal solution.

  • Design Thinking Part II: Ideas to Action


    Learn how to take the ideas you developed in Part I, test them for viability and bring them to market.

  • Discovery Tools


    Learn to use tools from the field of human-centered design to discover how to connect with your customers on a human level, to get beyond what they say and observe what they do.

  • Creating the Innovative Workplace


    Learn techniques for aligning key players and projects, managing conflict, balancing top-level objectives with mid-level knowledge, and moving forward as a collective.

  • Design Thinking Workshop


    Offered only between June-August, this 8-week course combines Design Thinking Parts I & II and may be taken in place of both courses.

Courses can be taken in any order, though Design Thinking Part I must be completed before taking Design Thinking Part II.

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Darden Executive Education is provided by the University of Virginia
Darden School Foundation.