Technology and Innovation Program 

Technology and Innovation Program Details


A 10-week intensive program providing a comprehensive review of the disciplines required to manage the ongoing innovation and rapidly changing technology in today's business environment and strategies to assure sound decision-making for business in an interconnected world. 

With the dramatic acceleration of technological change and innovation in the U.S. (and the world) over the past three decades, it has been difficult for businesses to keep pace. In an era of innovation and constantly changing and evolving technology, IT managers are expected to understand more than ever when it comes to decision-making. The goal of the Technology and Innovation Program is to provide an understanding of the key disciplines involved in the practical management of technology and innovation for business. 

At the conclusion of this program, the successful student should have an appreciation of the information technology industry, in general, and the pertinent aspects of managing technology and innovation and strategic decision-making to benefit one’s business, in particular. The student should be able to apply the knowledge gained in the program to "real world" business situations, recognizing that information technology (in all its forms, i.e., data, voice, image, text, graphics) is a critical and viable business tool that can be managed effectively in an interconnected world and in this era of innovation. The program is ideally suited for IT professionals, technology managers, project managers and others who are responsible for the planning or implementation of new technologies. Program content will consist of instructor-led lecture/discussions, reading materials, homework assignments (in the form of online quizzes), a mid-term and final exam.

For a complete program description, download the program's brochure


Spring Quarter 2021

  • Application Deadline:Early Mar. 2021
  • Tuition Deadline:Early Mar. 2021
  • Classes Begin:Week of Mar. 27th (Date TBA)
  • Classes End:Week of Jun. 5th (Date TBA)

Meeting Pattern

Online: Sync Sect


Days & Times: Saturdays, 9:00am-12:15pm (Central Time)

These classes take place at a specific time on a specific day, with the instructor and all the students meeting online using a synchronous meeting tool like Zoom. Classes will be recorded, so any student who is not able to join at the specified time will be able to watch the recording of the class. Before selecting this option, please carefully consider your ability to actively participate in video and audio with a reliable internet connection.

What if I cannot make it to every online synchronous class meeting?
Joining the class meetings in real time is highly recommended, but is not required. You can still take this class by viewing the class recordings and keeping pace with the weekly topics and assignments.

Online: Async (Sync-Option) Section

These classes do not meet at a specific time on specific days. This class is paired with a class that takes place at a specific time on a specific day via Zoom (or similar tool). Students in this class may connect with the live classroom and instructor, if and when they are available, but they are not required to do so.

Students will have access to the recordings of the paired synchronous online classroom. They are expected to follow the same weekly agenda of topics and assignments as the class that meets synchronously, but can view the course material at a time of their own choosing.


Spring Quarter 2021


  • $2,665.00

Full payment of tuition must be received before the start of the program. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-refundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: DePaul reserves the right to cancel any program before that program’s first scheduled meeting, in which case tuition fees (but not convenience fees) will be refunded. The university's refund policy allows a return of 100% of tuition if the student drops the Technology and Innovation Program within two weeks of the program's start date (convenience fees will not be refunded).

Notice for Current DePaul Students

  • Undergraduates: Please be aware that the tuition fee for this program is not included in the university’s full-time term package pricing.

Application Fee

  • $40.00non-refundable

Each program requires a $40.00 (non-refundable) application fee that can be paid online (via credit card) during the online application process. If you need to pay this fee by check or money order, please make the check or money order payable to DePaul University and send it to:

DePaul University Institute for Professional Development
243 S. Wabash Avenue
Room 301
Chicago, IL 60604


Textbooks are a separate purchase to be made by students.

Reading materials for certificate programs consist of textbooks and supplementary handouts. Textbook readings are considered preparatory in nature and are typically assigned prior to lectures; supplementary handouts are frequently distributed in class to provide additional information.

Required Textbook
Title: Information, Technology, and Innovation (Resources for Growth In a Connected World)
Author: John M. Jordan
ISBN#: 978-1-118-15578-3
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2012
List Price: $60.00

Other Fees

CTA U-Pass Fee: Beginning Autumn Quarter 2016, any IPD certificate program student who enrolls in a full-time course load (8 graduate or 12 undergraduate credit hours) and where at least one course is taught at an on-campus location will be automatically enrolled in the University’s CTA U-Pass program. The CTA U-Pass program provides unlimited rides on CTA transport and it requires that all eligible students participate in the program. The cost of the CTA U-Pass is $105.00 per quarter. Students who meet the eligibility criteria will have this fee added to their student accounts. Students are responsible for this fee regardless of benefit use or card pick-up. Students who are taking courses exclusively online do not qualify for this program. Further information about the U-Pass program is found at

Payment Options

Fees are payable by check made out to DePaul University, or by credit card. Students who elect to pay tuition using a credit or debit card will be assessed a non-redundable 2.75% convenience fee.

Applicants who are eligible for a tuition reimbursement program offered by their employer and are interested in deferring their tuition payment using the university's Employer Tuition Deferral Plan, must return the Employer Tuition Deferral Plan application to the Institute for Professional Development Office. Submitting this application to any other DePaul office may delay the student's registration process. Information about this plan, along with an application form, is found here .

Applicants who wish to use the university's Single Term Payment Plan or a third-party billing arrangement should contact the Institute for Professional Development office at (312) 362-6282 for details.


Admission Requirements

Professional work experience in the administration, support, or management of information technology services is recommended. Acceptance into the program will be determined by the admissions committee on the basis of an applicant's overall qualifications, including work history and educational background.

Course Credit

The Technology and Innovation Program is an accredited course of DePaul University, which follows the quarter system (as opposed to the semester system).

Course #: IPD 345

Credit hours: 4 undergraduate

The credit hours are awarded to those who successfully complete the program's academic requirements. Course requirements include class discussion participation, reading assignments, homework and quizzes, and mid-term and final exams.

Course credit and final grade information will be available through the Institute for Professional office upon the program's completion, and will be reflected on the university's system at the end of the university's regular academic quarter.

Application & Registration Procedure

All interested parties should apply for admission using the Institute for Professional Development's online application; or, download and complete the Application Form and email to Upon admission, the Institute office will contact the prospective student with information and instructions about the registration process.

You do not have to be an existing DePaul student to take this certificate program. Registration is restricted to individuals who apply for admission to the program and receive an acceptance letter. IPD staff will register applicants upon receipt of payment and registration form.

Regular DePaul students cannot register themselves via the university's registration system. If interested in enrollment, regular DePaul students should begin by submitting an application for admission. Students must meet the program's admission criteria.