• Program Duration: 4 monthsAt 5-10 hours/week
  • Self-Paced LearningLearning Format

Design Thinking Course Overview

Learn to create customer-centric products and services using the five-step design methodology. With this Design Thinking Leader Program, leverage innovation as the key to business success in the age of disruption with help of human-centered design and 25+ other frameworks.

Key Features

  • The 5 Step Design Thinking methodology popularized by Stanford’s d.school
  • IDEO’s 3 step human-centered design thinking framework
  • 25+ practical tools and templates of innovation used at top consulting companies such as McKinsey, BCG, Bain, and more
  • 4 Harvard Business Publishing Case Studies build on data sets from Apple, IDEO, Asia Miles, etc.
  • LevelUp sessions from Sara Blakely and Tim Brown
  • 8X higher live interaction with live online classes by renowned Design Thinking proponents
  • Experiential learning via real-life innovation projects and a capstone

Program Fee

$ 1,499

Program syllabus

Design Thinking Course Advantage

The Design Thinking Leader Master's Program explores concepts, frameworks, and tools of design thinking and innovation with help of industry examples, Harvard Business Publishing case studies, hands-on course-end, and capstone projects.

Become a digital-age innovation leader

Learn the practical business application of design thinking concepts in the context of organizational innovation in this course.

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With this program, you will:
  • Learn to create disruptive solutions
  • Learn to use the five-step design thinking methodology to create customer-centric products and services
  • Earn an industry-recognized course completion certificate
Master's Certificate

Harvard Business Publishing Case Studies

Harvard Business Publishing has a complete catalog of business case studies, articles, books, and simulations. This Design Thinking Leader Master’s Program follows the case study method to bring real-life business dilemmas to life in the classroom and help analyze business situations.

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Benefits of Case Studies
  • Real-world case studies authored by HBS professors and other top business school educators
  • Analyze business situations and different aspect of managerial decision making
  • Discover new ways to approach and solve business problems
Content Provider

Design Thinking Course Details

Explore the iterative path of the design thinking master's program to create the perfect product or solution while working towards developing an innovation strategy to multiply such innovations across the organization.


  • Get started with the Design Thinking Leader Master's Program with this course. Kickstart your Design Thinking journey by exploring the program basics in this orientation session.

  • Master design thinking as a tool for strategic product and service innovation. In this course, identify and pursue an innovation opportunity, exploit the human-centered design framework to develop products and services that are desirable, viable, and feasible. Take away many practical tools and templates of innovation that can help bring a positive impact at work.

  • This highly practical course explores the possibilities that design thinking can bring. Whether developing innovative products, services, or reengineering business models that are technologically feasible, viable for business, and (most importantly) desirable to your customers, this course provides many useful tools that you can use to bring a difference to your business.

  • This design thinking course helps understand disruption to help you create disruption. This course will help you discover why innovation is the key to survival and success in a disruptive world. You will understand how to build an organizational structure that fosters innovation on a large scale.

  • Apply the design thinking and innovation skills you have learned in this Design Thinking Leader program to develop an innovative product or a service. To foster such innovations across the organization, develop an innovation strategy with guidance from industry mentors and support from learner success managers during the capstone.


  • Design Thinking
  • Business Strategy
  • Product Innovation
  • Service Redesign
  • Innovation Strategy
  • Collaborative Innovation
  • Innovation Management


User Journey MappingAffinity DiagramMindmappingBrainstormingRapid IdeationCharrettePrototypingSketchesStoryboardsWireframesPhysical ModelsWizard of OzBusiness Model CanvasDigital Disruption FrameworkFramework for Collaborative InnovationIdea Management FrameworkInnovation FrameworkProduct Design FrameworkService Design FrameworkTriz

Harvard Case Studies

  • Project 1

    Design Thinking and Innovation at Apple

    Think like a Chief Innovator to create great products by understanding Apple's approach to innovation, management, and design thinking.

    Design Thinking and Innovation at Apple
  • Project 2

    IDEO Human Centered Service Design

    With one of the world's leading design firm IDEO, learn human-centered innovation culture and processes to make your organization more innovative

    IDEO Human Centered Service Design
  • Project 3

    Asia Miles Road to Stakeholder Centric Insight Driven Innovation

    Drive change management process in an organization to inculcate design thinking into their culture, systems and employees as a part of Asia Miles'leadership.

    Asia Miles Road to Stakeholder Centric Insight Driven Innovation
  • Project 4

    Design Thinking at Great Lakes The Search for Growth

    Step into shoes of Great Lakes' Innovation Team, to explore and develop profitable revenue growth opportunities to enter snack foods market.

  • Project 5

    Designing an Employee Wellness Approach

    Step into the shoes of a Design Consultant, to help Arena Industries leaders identify and address opportunities to improve employee wellness.

Disclaimer - The projects have been built leveraging real publicly available data-sets of the mentioned organizations.


Design Thinking Course Advisor

  • ChandraSekar Pandyan

    ChandraSekar Pandyan

    Certified Coach, KM & Innovation Evangelist, Design Thinker & StoryTeller

    ChandraSekar Pandyan has 30+ years of experience in the Strategy Execution & Management Consulting industry in top companies like Intel, MindTree, and Fidelity Investments. He specializes in design thinking, storytelling, creativity & innovation excellence.

  • Tim Brown

    Tim Brown

    Chair of IDEO: LevelUp Session Expert

    Tim Brown is chair of the innovation and design firm IDEO. Author of the book Change By Design, he talks about the value of design thinking, creative leadership, and innovation and shares ideas to inspire business leaders and designers around the world.

  • Sara Bakley

    Sara Bakley

    Founder of Spanx: LevelUp Session Expert

    Sara Blakely is an inventor and entrepreneur who created Spanx, a brand of women body-slimming undergarments, & became the world’s youngest female self-made billionaire in 2012. She has also featured in Time magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Industry Trends

A Forrester Total Economic Impact™ Study suggests Design Thinking adoption can lead to 2x faster time-to-market, 75% reduced design time and one-third reduction in development time.

  • Design Thinking Practice Industry Growth


    73% of Strategic Planners are Design Thinkers


    38% of the executives believe Design Thinking improves customer experience.

    Design Thinking Consultant Annual Salary
    $ 39 KMin
    $ 58 KAverage
    $ 84 KMax
    Source: Glassdoor
    Principal - Design Thinking Hiring Companies
    Source: Indeed

Ideal Candidates

If you are an executive, or a manager aiming to transform your product or services, this course is right for you.

Target Audience

Product Heads, Consultants, Executive Officers, Product/Growth/Marketing Managers, UX/Graphics/Web Designers, Educators, Corporate Trainers, and Researchers

Pre-requisite/Eligibility Criteria

Learners need to have an undergraduate degree or high school diploma.

Why Online Bootcamp

  • Develop skills for real career growthCutting-edge curriculum designed in guidance with industry and academia to develop job-ready skills
  • Learn from experts active in their field, not out-of-touch trainersLeading practitioners who bring current best practices and case studies to sessions that fit into your work schedule.
  • Learn by working on real-world problemsCapstone projects involving real world data sets with virtual labs for hands-on learning
  • Structured guidance ensuring learning never stops24x7 Learning support from mentors and a community of like-minded peers to resolve any conceptual doubts

Program Cohorts

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Design Thinking Course FAQs

  • Who should take this Design Thinking Masters Program?

    This Design Thinking Leader Program is right for:

    • Product/growth/marketing managers involved in driving product strategy to translate customer needs into solutions and deploy transformational business intelligence products
    • Product heads, consultants, and Executive Officers who drive strategy and are looking  to build business models based on a human-centered design framework
    • UX/graphic/web designers working on user-facing designs who want to learn a structured approach to blend form with function
    • Educators, corporate trainers, and researchers who lead organizational transformation to foster design thinking as a mindset to achieve collaborative innovation

  • Why should I learn design thinking and innovation?

    The rapid proliferation of technology changed the way today’s customer behaves which has upended industries and economies. Innovation is the key to survival and success in such a disruptive world and can only happen when one has a deep understanding of the customer’s needs. Design thinking methodology helps exploit a human-centered design framework to develop products and services that are user-friendly, business viable, and technologically feasible — and are at the center of a disruptive business model.

  • What are the eligibility criteria for this Design Thinking Masters Program?

    Learners need to possess an undergraduate degree or a high school diploma. We recommend you come with an open mind and willingness to unlearn the old ways and learn the new ways of creating products and services.

  • What are the three most important takeaways from the Design Thinking Masters Program?

    • 25+ practical frameworks of innovation that you can use at work to innovate faster
    • Hands-on knowledge of design thinking as a business problem-solving tool, and how to build a culture of innovation
    • Group capstone projects and a certificate to showcase your credentials in the discipline of innovation

  • What certificate will I receive?

    Upon completing this Design Thinking Master’s Program, you will be awarded a Master’s Certificate in Design Thinking, as well as program completion certificates from Simplilearn for the courses included in the learning path.

  • How is this Design Thinking Masters Program organized?

    The learners of this design thinking leader program follow a three-dimensional learning model. The first dimension deals with how individuals can master design thinking as a tool of innovation. The second illustrates how individuals can work together in teams to create product, service, and business innovations. Finally, dimension three includes how to build a blueprint for an organization that fosters innovation at scale.

    This design thinking master’s program is an intertwined journey of self-paced learning full of conceptual knowledge, live classes led by industry experts where interaction and sharing of ideas takes place, and case study discussions and projects that provide learners with hands-on experience to make them ready for real-world innovation challenges.

  • Will I get any academic assistance while learning?

    Our teaching assistants are a dedicated team of subject matter experts to help you get certified on your first attempt. They proactively engage with you to ensure adherence to the course path and enrich your learning experience — from class onboarding to project mentoring and job assistance.

  • Who are the instructors for this Design Thinking Masters Program, and how are they selected?

    Our highly qualified instructors are industry experts with years of relevant industry experience. Each of them undergoes a rigorous selection process, including profile screening, technical evaluation, and a training demo evaluation before getting certified to train for us. We ensure that only those trainers with a high alumni rating remain part of our faculty.

  • How does the case study help me?

    Harvard Business Publishing has a complete catalogue of business case studies, articles, books, and simulations. This design thinking leader program follows a case-based learning methodology to bring real-world business innovation challenges to life in the online classroom, and encourages the participants to come up with solutions through discussion. There are several benefits of this teaching method:

    • Real-world case studies authored by HBS professors and other top business school educators
    • Analyze business situations and different aspect of managerial decision making
    • Discover new ways to approach and solve business problems

  • Tell me more about the capstone project?

    The capstone project is 3-4 weeks in duration where students learn how to apply the crucial concepts taught in the course. In the beginning of the capstone, learners choose their teams and the innovation projects they would like to work on. Each week, the mentors (design thinkers) guide the learners, explain the concepts, provide feedback on their approach, and help them solve the challenges in the project. The project has two parts. In part one, learners are expected to design an innovative product. In part two, learners create a strategy to build an organizational culture that supports innovation at a large scale.

  • I am not able to access the online Design Thinking Leader Master's program. Who can help me?

    Contact us using the form on the right side of any page on the Simplilearn website, select the Live Chat link, or contact Help & Support.

  • What is covered under the 24/7 Support guarantee?

    We offer 24/7 support through email, chat, and calls through our dedicated team that provides on-demand assistance through our community forum. What’s more, you will have lifetime access to the community forum, even after completing the Design Thinking Master’s Program.

  • If I want to cancel my enrollment in this Design Thinking Master’s Program, can I get a refund?

    Yes, you can cancel your enrollment if necessary. We will refund the program price after deducting an administration fee. To learn more, please read our Refund Policy.
    * Disclaimer
    This Design Thinking Leader  Master's program is offered on a non-credit basis and is not transferable to a degree.

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  • PMP, PMI, PMBOK, CAPM, PgMP, PfMP, ACP, PBA, RMP, SP, and OPM3 are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.