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Two programs that bring you to the future

We are offering two certificate programs:

  • Professional Certificate in Foresight: this is our week-long "boot camp" immersion designed for those who need to get the basics in a timely fashion
  • Graduate Certificate in Foresight: this recognizes those who have taken four courses in our Master's program.

Professional Certificate in Foresight

The Certificate in Foresight program is offered as a 5-day, project-based, face-to-face workshop that we hold in Houston each January and May. We also hold on in late May with our partners the Destree Institute. Participants learn to anticipate disruptive change and work towards the creation of transformational change, in order to influence the future of their organizations, companies and communities. Participants will receive 4 CEUs for attending, and can obtain the certificate if they complete a project within a given number of weeks after the program deliver.

Visit the College's certificate web page for more information:

Some of the organizations represented in the over 450 Certificate participants since 2009:

Army Corps of Engineers, Washington DC
Army Medicine, San Antonio TX
California Command College, POST Commission, Sacramento CA
Caribbean Development Bank, Barbados
Center for the Future of Museums, Washington DC
Convention & Visitors Bureau, Norfolk VA
Dallas Community College, Dallas TX
Department of Agriculture, Alberta, Canada
Destree Institute, Namur, Belgium
Executive Education, University of Wisconsin, Madison WI
Exxon Mobil, Houston TX
Federal Bureau of Investigations, Washington DC
Govt Office for Science, London, UK
Home Office, London, UK
HP, Dallas TX
Interpol, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lockheed-Martin, Fort Worth TX
Lumina Foundation, Indianapolis IN
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX
Marine Warfighting Lab, Quantico VA
Mendoza (Business) School, Notre Dame, South Bend IN
Ministry of Environment and Resources, Singapore
Ministry of Sustainable Development, Paris, France
MITRE Corporation, Quantico VA
National Defence Forces, Ottawa, Canada
National Forest Service, Minneapolis MN
Nestle SA, Vevey, Switzerland
Pepsico, Plano TX
Philips Design, Netherlands
Prime Minister’s Office, Santo Domingo
Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids IA
State Farm Ins, Tampa FL & Houston TX
Strategic Vision Grp, USMC, Quantico VA
Swedish Armed Forces, Stockholm, Sweden
Toyota Motor Sales, Torrance CA
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad

Graduate Certificate in Foresight

The University of Houston’s Foresight program offers a four-course (12 credit) Graduate Certificate in Foresight. The courses in the Certificate are currently offered within the Master’s degree in Foresight in the College of Technology. The Certificate will be noted by request on the applicant’s official University transcript.


6311: Introduction to Foresight
Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An introduction into the methods, practitioners and issues of futures research.

6332: Systems Thinking
Cr. 3 (3-0). Prerequisite: Graduate standing. An introduction to the systems perspective, including systems modeling and complex adaptive systems.

6371: World Futures
Cr. 3 (3-0). A review of global trends shaping the future, including the most important demographic, environmental, technological, economic, political, and cultural changes.

6351: Futures Research
Cr. 3 (3-0). An introduction to and practice in the tools and techniques used in traditional and in alternative futures forecasting.

Others Foresight courses can be substituted with permission.

Here is the link for info on the certificate and how to apply.

Participants will enroll at the University of Houston through regular admission to the Foresight program or through Pre-Graduate enrollment