where can i study to become a futurist

Where can I study to become a Futurist?

I often get asked where can I study futurology and become a Futurist, or Futurist Speaker? To answer that I tell my story and have also decided to compile a list of courses around the world to help people take a step in the right direction.

Today we can see the disciplines of futurology and foresight having been established in the academic arena, with a wide variety of programs around the world ranging from Masters and Ph.D. programs, through to short courses that give you a boost in thinking with longer-range strategic planning and foresight . I have scoured the world to compile what courses exist (these are in alphabetical order and not by preference or rating). Always due your due diligence on the courses you are interested in.

Please let me know if there are other programs you think I should include here.

Ph.D Programs

 

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
AustraliaUniversity of Technology SydneyInstitute for Sustainable FuturesDoctor of Philosophy in futures studiesThe Institute for Sustainable Futures takes a futures/ foresight perspective for teaching sustainability. Of the methods taught, integral theory and the long view are key highlights.
ColombiaUniversidad Externado de Colombia (Externado University of Colombia)Business AdministrationDoctorate in AdministrationAn interdisciplinary doctoral degree with an option to focus on integrating futures and foresight (prospectiva).
DenmarkAarhus UniversitySchool of Business and Social SciencesDoctor of Philosophy in organizational future orientation or corporate foresightThis doctoral program is offered by Professor René Rohrbeck. The program offers scholarships every six months to cover tuition and expenses. Research proposals with a strong empirical core are favored.
FinlandTurun yliopisto (University of Turku)Turku School of Economics: Finland Futures Research CentreDoctor of Science in economics and business administration or Doctor of Philosophy – futures studies as a majorThe stated purpose is to help prepare students to become independent futures researchers. Applicants are required to have no less than 10 ECTS credits of futures/ foresight courses.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationDoctor of Management Sciences (PhD) in foresight (prospective) management, innovation, strategy, organizationCnam’s EPN Innovation has a history of foresight education that stretches beyond their doctoral and masters degrees. Their Fundamentals of Foresight course is included in 45 of their degrees.
HungaryBudapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Corvinus University of Budapest)Doctoral School of Economic Informatics: Department of Futures StudiesDoctor of Philosophy in future researchThe university has several futures/ foresight related classes which are available to related courses. They also have both bachelor and master degree programs in futures/ foresight.
IndiaUniversity of KeralaFaculty of Applied Science and Technology: Department of Futures StudiesDoctor of Philosophy in futures studiesThere are a total of 20 seats available, and the program has produced 20 PhD graduates in various topics.
IranUniversity of IsfahanDepartment of Futures StudiesMaster of Futures StudiesA two-year program with an updated syllabus that focuses on teaching theoretical topics and methods for future studies. Students’ dissertations are chosen based on their interest so that they can apply what they have learned to specialize in a particular field.
South AfricaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)Institute of Futures Research (IFR)Doctor of Philosophy in futures studiesThe IFR began in 1974. This program provides the only PhD degree in futures/ foresight in Africa. It is primarily focused on those students who have graduated with the USB’s MPhil in futures studies or a related degree with futures studies as a main component.
UKUniversity of StrathclydeStrathclyde Business School: Department of Strategy & OrganisationDoctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Business Administration in scenario thinking and scenario planningThe Department of Strategy & Organization offers a PhD and a DBA with three different research areas: strategic management, international business, scenario thinking and scenario planning. Although not explicitly titled strategic foresight or futures studies, the scenario thinking and planning degrees are focused on futures/ foresight and it’s tools & methods.
USAUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaCollege of Social SciencesDoctor of Philosophy in political science with a focus on alternative futuresThe Manoa program teaches futures studies as a subset of political science. Started in 1971 by James Dator, the program was the first of its kind in the world.
USARegent UniversitySchool of Business & LeadershipDoctor of Strategic Leadership in strategic foresightThe Regent degree is focused on fostering leadership skills in its doctoral students. Strategic foresight helps these leaders to concentrate on the intricacies of leading organizations.

 

Masters Programs

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
ArgentinaUniversidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES) (University of Business and Social Sciences)Postgraduate DepartmentSpecialization in strategic foresightAs a specialization, the degree is intended for those already in the workforce as managers or in strategic roles.The program is available virtually on a distance learning platform in Spanish.
CanadaOntario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)Strategic Foresight and InnovationMaster of Design in strategic foresight and innovationThe stated purpose of the program is to develop designers who think strategically to develop innovations that could build a better world.
ColombiaInstitución Universitaria de Envigado (University Institution of Envigado)Faculty of Social SciencesMaster of Psychology with a specialization in Technological Foresight (Prospectiva Tecnológica)The stated purpose of the program is to train students to develop multiple scenarios within a technolgical context according to best practices.
ColombiaUniversidad Externado de Colombia (Externado University of Colombia)Business AdministrationMaster’s in strategic thinking and foresight (prospectiva)This degree has been tailored to train students how to prepare the future of organizations and territories in Latin America. Two certifications are also offered during the program: Economic Commission for Latin America’s ”Diploma in Territorial Prospecting and Sustainable Development“ and Futuribles Internacional’s ”Certificate in Prospective“.
ColombiaUniversidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Pontifical Bolivarian University)n/aSpecialization in management strategy and foresight (prospectiva)The program is for professionals and entrepreneurs needing to increase their strategic skills.
ColombiaUniversidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Technological University of Bolivar)n/aSpecialization in strategic planning and foresight (prospectiva)The program focuses on integrating foresight into the traditional strategic planning process.
FinlandTurun yliopisto (University of Turku)Turku School of Economics: Finland Futures Research CentreMaster of Arts in futures studiesThe Finland Futures Research Centre leads the Finland Futures Academy to offer futures studies courses to other students in other universities across Finland.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationMaster of Law, Economics and Management in foresight (prospective), innovation and public management (Master of Public Innovation)The degree is aimed primarily at students who are or desire to be public servants.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationMaster of Law, Economics and Management in foresight (prospective), innovation and transformation of organizationsThe degree is a little more broad than the Master of Public Innovation. It is targeted at students who will support organizations to manage their futures.
FranceUniversity of Angersn/aMaster of Science in foresight and innovationThe program is taught entirely in English. The two years of the degree are split according to their focus. The first year is focused on understanding change and the second is focused on creating and/ or managing change.
GermanyFreie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin)Department of Education and Psychology: Institut FuturMaster of Arts in futures studiesThe program offers a two year degreee primarily taught in German. The focus is on concepts and methods, areas of application, and practical exercises.
HungaryBudapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Corvinus University of Budapest)School of Information Economics: Economic Geography, Geoeconomics and Sustainable Development Institute: Department of Futures StudiesMaster of Science in economics, regional, and environmental economicsThe university has several futures related classes which are availaable to related courses. They aslo have bachelor and doctoral degree programs in futures/ foresight.
IndiaUniversity of KeralaFaculty of Applied Science and Technology: Department of Futures StudiesMaster of Philosophy in futures studiesThe program requires two semesters of six months each. The second semester is devoted to dissertation work.
ItalyUniversità di Trento (University of Trento)Department of Sociology and Social ResearchMaster of Social ForesightThe program is aimed at students who are already employed for their professional development. It is conducted entirely in Italian.
MexicoCENTROn/aSpecialization in design of tomorrow: scenarios and solutionsThe program was developed with support from the Club of Rome, WFSF, WSF, Millenium Project, and Institute for the Future. The program trains students to analyze large sets of data, design scenarios, communicate complex ideas, and generally apply the principles of futures/ foresight to complex problems.
MexicoInstituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education)School of Government and Public TransformationMasters in strategic foresight (prospectiva)Established in 2000, the program has taught students how to study the future for public, private and civil society organizations. The program seeks to benefit all of Latin America with students from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
PeruCenter for Higher National Studiesn/aMasters in strategic foresight (prospectiva)After students have finished their studies, they can travel to a regional Peruvian government office to practice what they have learned. They may also travel to Bogota for a week to study at the Externado de Colombia University.
South AfricaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)Institute of Futures ResearchMaster of Philosophy in futures studiesThe IFR began in 1974. This program provides the only MPhil degree in futures/ foresight in Africa. It is primarily focused on those students who have graduated with the USB’s Graduate Diploma in futures studies. The main point of the program’s vision is to foster futurists who want to engineer a preferred future.
TaiwanTamkang UniversityCollege of Education: Graduate Institute of Futures StudiesMaster of Education in futures studiesPrimarily taught in Chinese, the program is focused on teaching futures studies as a method to keep education moving forward. Undergraduate courses and courses taught in English are also available. Graduate Institute of Futures Studies also publishes the Journal of Futures Studies.
UKUniversity of StrathclydeStrathclyde Business School: Department of Strategy & OrganisationMaster of Philosophy in Scenario thinking and scenario planningThe Department of Strategy & Organization offers an MPhil with three different research areas: strategic management, international business, and scenario thinking & scenario planning. Although not explicitly titled strategic foresight or futures studies, the scenario thinking and planning degree is focused on futures/ foresight and its tools & methods.
USAUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaCollege of Social SciencesMaster of Arts in alternative futuresThe Manoa program teaches futures studies as a subset of political science. Started in 1971, the program was the first of its kind in the world.
USAUniversity of HoustonCollege of TechnologyMaster of Science in foresightOriginally begun at University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1974, the UH MS of foresight program is the longest continuously running futures/ foresight program in the world. They started enrolling online learners in 2002.

Postgraduate Diplomas

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
ColombiaUniversidad EAFIT (EAFIT University)Continuing EducationDiploma in strategic foresight (prospectiva)This 32-hour course is focused on using futures/ foresight as an advanced manangement tool.
Costa RicaInstituto Centroamericano de Administración Pública (Central American Institute of Public Administration)n/aDiploma in foresight (prospectiva)The program is intended for mid-level professionals in the public and private sectors for their professional development in using strategic foresight within strateic planning.
PortugalInstituto para o Desenvolvimento e Estudos Económicos, Financeiros e Empresariais (IDEFE) (Institute for Development and Economical, Financial, and Entrepreneurial Studies)n/aPost-Graduate in foresight (prospetiva), strategy, and innovationThe university perceived a need from both public and private sectors to increase the skills of staff in anticipation, innovation, and value creation. So the program integrates foresight, strategy, leadership and innovation. 3-month internships are available in the Consulting arms of Deloitte and OgilvyRED. After receivng the diploma, students will be able to easily segue to the Master in Industrial Management and Strategy.
South AfricaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)Institute of Futures ResearchPostgraduate Diploma in futures studiesThe IFR began in 1974. This program provides the only postgraduate diploma in futures/ foresight in Africa. The main point of the program’s vision is to foster futurists who want to engineer a preferred future.

Undergraduate Programs

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
HungaryBudapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Corvinus University of Budapest)School of Information Economics: Economic Geography, Geoeconomics and Sustainable Development Institute: Department of Futures StudiesBachelor of Arts in future researchThe university has several futures/ foresight related classes which are available to related courses. They also have master and doctoral degree programs in futures/ foresight.
USASan Diego City Collegen/aAssociates in futures studiesIt is only a two year degree, but it provides all the basic learning necessary to engage the futures/ foresight community.
USAUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaCollege of Social SciencesBachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studiesThe Manoa program teaches futures studies as a subset of political science. Started in 1971, the program was the first of its kind in the world. Although UHM does not offer a BA in futures studies, such a degree can be custom built for students under the BA in Interdisciplary Studies program. Undergraduate classes are also available for students in other degree programs.

Short Courses

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
AustraliaSwinburne University of Technologyn/aGraduate Certificate of Design Strategy and InnovationThis is a 6-month, single semester program that integrates futures thinking with design thinking. Students are taught design within a strategic and operational context which includes strategic foresight as a key skill.
DenmarkAarhus UniversitySchool of Business and Social SciencesStrategic ForesightThis is a four day course attended from 9 am – 4 pm. It is a leadership course that introduces students to the principles of foresight and shows them best practices for practical application.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationCertificate of Competence in foresight (prospective) and strategic managementThe purpose is to give students a deep understanding of the four key aspects of an organization: foresight, strategy, management and marketing
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationCertificate of Competence in organization strategy and applied foresightThe certificate will give students a deep understanding of foresight and how it applies to strategy with tools for implementation in one of the specialities: human resources, organization, technology, business, sustainable development and territories.
GermanyEuropean Business School (EBS)n/aModule on Strategy, Corporate Foresight & Business Model Innovation in the Mobility SectorThis is a module that can be included or is compulsory in Master in Automotive Management and Master in Business Administration (MBA).
GermanyEuropean Business School (EBS)n/aModule on Strategic ForesightThis is a module that can be included or is compulsory in Master in Management and Master in Business Administration (MBA).
PortugalInstituto para o Desenvolvimento e Estudos Económicos, Financeiros e Empresariais (IDEFE) (Institute for Development and Economical, Financial, and Entrepreneurial Studies)n/aExecutive Education Program: Futures, Strategic Design & InnovationThe program promises to be an immersive experience with illustrious keynote speakers and a Scanning, Sensing, and Acting framework specifically designed for this course.
SwedenInternational Certified Future Strategist (ICFS)n/aCertified Future StrategistsThe program is administered by foresight professionals in five different consultancies from five different countries across Europe. There are four modules within the course that are held over four 3-day weekends. So, the program is perfect for professionals needing an extra qualification for professional development. The certification process is overseen by the Executive Management Institute, https://www.exmi.se/en-us/.
UKOxford UniversityDepartment of Continuing EducationCertificate of Attendance for strategic planning and foresight: Learning from and managing for the futureA one-day course, the workshop gives attendees a toolbox of methods intended to be applied in their work.
UKOxford UniversitySaïd Business SchoolOxford Scenarios ProgramThis is a 5-day program teaching scenario planning. Alumni of the course will be able to attend the 3-yearly Oxford Futures Forum.
UKUniversity of ManchesterManchester Institute of Innovation ResearchThe ART of Foresight & Sustainable Futures: Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming Research and Innovation FuturesWith Course Director Rafael Popper and Co-director Ian Miles, this short course provides an overview of foresight techniques and their practical application for decision-makers and researchers. University of Manchester has run a Foresight and Horizon Scanning program every year since 1999.
USAUniversity of HoustonCollege of TechnologyProfessional Certificate in foresightThis is a 5-day, project based workshop that must be attended face to face. Those who complete the post-workshop project will gain a pre-requisite for joining the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).

Related Programs

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
AustraliaUniversity of Technology SydneyInstitute for Sustainable FuturesVariousThe Institute for Sustainable Futures takes a futures/ foresight perspective for teaching sustainability. They offer degrees in topics such as resource futures, water futures, food futures, etc. which appear to teach sustainability through the lens of futures/ foresight.
CanadaOntario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)n/aMaster of Arts, Master of Design, or Master of Fine Arts in digital futuresMany universities have a course in digital futures, but this program, that is connected to OCAD’s strategic foresight and innovation program, has a course called Possible Futures that focuses on teaching scenario thinking.
IndiaUniversity of KeralaFaculty of Applied Science and Technology: Department of Futures StudiesMaster of Technology in technology managementThe degree is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Futures Studies and focuses on integrated planning, design, optimization, operation, and control of technological products, processes, and services.
MaltaUniversity of MaltaEdward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of ThinkingMaster in creativity and innovationAlthough the degree program is not specifically futures/ foresight in subject, the Edward de Bono Institute uses futures/ foresight as a key principle for the program.
UKBirmingham City UniversitySchool of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentMaster of Science in building surveying with facilities managementIt is not a foresight program at all. However, the program exists in response to a futures/ foresight study that was performed: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Strategic Foresight 2030: http://www.rics.org/uk/about-rics/responsible-business/rics-futures/discussions/rics-strategic-foresight-2030/
UKBrunel Universityn/aMaster of Science in integrated product designAlthough not a futures/ foresight course, the program contains a Design Futures module that teaches the integration of futures thinking and design thinking.
UKUniversity of Glasgown/aMaster of Business Administration (MBA)The program has a class called Strategic Foresight, but it does not necessarily teach the principles of futures/ foresight. The class is primarily conducted by visiting speakers–business heads, who discuss the issues of mainatining a strategic edge. The content of the class therefore depends on the content of the presentations from these guest speakers.
USAUniversity of ArizonaSchool for the Future of Innovation in SocietyDoctor of Philosophy in human and social dimensions of science and technologyAlthough not focused on the future, the degree is an interdisciplinary study of how technology is affecting society and vice versa.

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where can i study to become a futurist

Where can I study to become a Futurist?

I often get asked where can I study futurology and become a Futurist, or Futurist Speaker? To answer that I tell my story and have also decided to compile a list of courses around the world to help people take a step in the right direction.

Today we can see the disciplines of futurology and foresight having been established in the academic arena, with a wide variety of programs around the world ranging from Masters and Ph.D. programs, through to short courses that give you a boost in thinking with longer-range strategic planning and foresight . I have scoured the world to compile what courses exist (these are in alphabetical order and not by preference or rating). Always due your due diligence on the courses you are interested in.

Please let me know if there are other programs you think I should include here.

Ph.D Programs

 

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
AustraliaUniversity of Technology SydneyInstitute for Sustainable FuturesDoctor of Philosophy in futures studiesThe Institute for Sustainable Futures takes a futures/ foresight perspective for teaching sustainability. Of the methods taught, integral theory and the long view are key highlights.
ColombiaUniversidad Externado de Colombia (Externado University of Colombia)Business AdministrationDoctorate in AdministrationAn interdisciplinary doctoral degree with an option to focus on integrating futures and foresight (prospectiva).
DenmarkAarhus UniversitySchool of Business and Social SciencesDoctor of Philosophy in organizational future orientation or corporate foresightThis doctoral program is offered by Professor René Rohrbeck. The program offers scholarships every six months to cover tuition and expenses. Research proposals with a strong empirical core are favored.
FinlandTurun yliopisto (University of Turku)Turku School of Economics: Finland Futures Research CentreDoctor of Science in economics and business administration or Doctor of Philosophy – futures studies as a majorThe stated purpose is to help prepare students to become independent futures researchers. Applicants are required to have no less than 10 ECTS credits of futures/ foresight courses.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationDoctor of Management Sciences (PhD) in foresight (prospective) management, innovation, strategy, organizationCnam’s EPN Innovation has a history of foresight education that stretches beyond their doctoral and masters degrees. Their Fundamentals of Foresight course is included in 45 of their degrees.
HungaryBudapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Corvinus University of Budapest)Doctoral School of Economic Informatics: Department of Futures StudiesDoctor of Philosophy in future researchThe university has several futures/ foresight related classes which are available to related courses. They also have both bachelor and master degree programs in futures/ foresight.
IndiaUniversity of KeralaFaculty of Applied Science and Technology: Department of Futures StudiesDoctor of Philosophy in futures studiesThere are a total of 20 seats available, and the program has produced 20 PhD graduates in various topics.
IranUniversity of IsfahanDepartment of Futures StudiesMaster of Futures StudiesA two-year program with an updated syllabus that focuses on teaching theoretical topics and methods for future studies. Students’ dissertations are chosen based on their interest so that they can apply what they have learned to specialize in a particular field.
South AfricaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)Institute of Futures Research (IFR)Doctor of Philosophy in futures studiesThe IFR began in 1974. This program provides the only PhD degree in futures/ foresight in Africa. It is primarily focused on those students who have graduated with the USB’s MPhil in futures studies or a related degree with futures studies as a main component.
UKUniversity of StrathclydeStrathclyde Business School: Department of Strategy & OrganisationDoctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Business Administration in scenario thinking and scenario planningThe Department of Strategy & Organization offers a PhD and a DBA with three different research areas: strategic management, international business, scenario thinking and scenario planning. Although not explicitly titled strategic foresight or futures studies, the scenario thinking and planning degrees are focused on futures/ foresight and it’s tools & methods.
USAUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaCollege of Social SciencesDoctor of Philosophy in political science with a focus on alternative futuresThe Manoa program teaches futures studies as a subset of political science. Started in 1971 by James Dator, the program was the first of its kind in the world.
USARegent UniversitySchool of Business & LeadershipDoctor of Strategic Leadership in strategic foresightThe Regent degree is focused on fostering leadership skills in its doctoral students. Strategic foresight helps these leaders to concentrate on the intricacies of leading organizations.

 

Masters Programs

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
ArgentinaUniversidad de Ciencias Empresariales y Sociales (UCES) (University of Business and Social Sciences)Postgraduate DepartmentSpecialization in strategic foresightAs a specialization, the degree is intended for those already in the workforce as managers or in strategic roles.The program is available virtually on a distance learning platform in Spanish.
CanadaOntario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)Strategic Foresight and InnovationMaster of Design in strategic foresight and innovationThe stated purpose of the program is to develop designers who think strategically to develop innovations that could build a better world.
ColombiaInstitución Universitaria de Envigado (University Institution of Envigado)Faculty of Social SciencesMaster of Psychology with a specialization in Technological Foresight (Prospectiva Tecnológica)The stated purpose of the program is to train students to develop multiple scenarios within a technolgical context according to best practices.
ColombiaUniversidad Externado de Colombia (Externado University of Colombia)Business AdministrationMaster’s in strategic thinking and foresight (prospectiva)This degree has been tailored to train students how to prepare the future of organizations and territories in Latin America. Two certifications are also offered during the program: Economic Commission for Latin America’s ”Diploma in Territorial Prospecting and Sustainable Development“ and Futuribles Internacional’s ”Certificate in Prospective“.
ColombiaUniversidad Pontificia Bolivariana (Pontifical Bolivarian University)n/aSpecialization in management strategy and foresight (prospectiva)The program is for professionals and entrepreneurs needing to increase their strategic skills.
ColombiaUniversidad Tecnológica de Bolívar (Technological University of Bolivar)n/aSpecialization in strategic planning and foresight (prospectiva)The program focuses on integrating foresight into the traditional strategic planning process.
FinlandTurun yliopisto (University of Turku)Turku School of Economics: Finland Futures Research CentreMaster of Arts in futures studiesThe Finland Futures Research Centre leads the Finland Futures Academy to offer futures studies courses to other students in other universities across Finland.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationMaster of Law, Economics and Management in foresight (prospective), innovation and public management (Master of Public Innovation)The degree is aimed primarily at students who are or desire to be public servants.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationMaster of Law, Economics and Management in foresight (prospective), innovation and transformation of organizationsThe degree is a little more broad than the Master of Public Innovation. It is targeted at students who will support organizations to manage their futures.
FranceUniversity of Angersn/aMaster of Science in foresight and innovationThe program is taught entirely in English. The two years of the degree are split according to their focus. The first year is focused on understanding change and the second is focused on creating and/ or managing change.
GermanyFreie Universität Berlin (Free University of Berlin)Department of Education and Psychology: Institut FuturMaster of Arts in futures studiesThe program offers a two year degreee primarily taught in German. The focus is on concepts and methods, areas of application, and practical exercises.
HungaryBudapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Corvinus University of Budapest)School of Information Economics: Economic Geography, Geoeconomics and Sustainable Development Institute: Department of Futures StudiesMaster of Science in economics, regional, and environmental economicsThe university has several futures related classes which are availaable to related courses. They aslo have bachelor and doctoral degree programs in futures/ foresight.
IndiaUniversity of KeralaFaculty of Applied Science and Technology: Department of Futures StudiesMaster of Philosophy in futures studiesThe program requires two semesters of six months each. The second semester is devoted to dissertation work.
ItalyUniversità di Trento (University of Trento)Department of Sociology and Social ResearchMaster of Social ForesightThe program is aimed at students who are already employed for their professional development. It is conducted entirely in Italian.
MexicoCENTROn/aSpecialization in design of tomorrow: scenarios and solutionsThe program was developed with support from the Club of Rome, WFSF, WSF, Millenium Project, and Institute for the Future. The program trains students to analyze large sets of data, design scenarios, communicate complex ideas, and generally apply the principles of futures/ foresight to complex problems.
MexicoInstituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education)School of Government and Public TransformationMasters in strategic foresight (prospectiva)Established in 2000, the program has taught students how to study the future for public, private and civil society organizations. The program seeks to benefit all of Latin America with students from Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.
PeruCenter for Higher National Studiesn/aMasters in strategic foresight (prospectiva)After students have finished their studies, they can travel to a regional Peruvian government office to practice what they have learned. They may also travel to Bogota for a week to study at the Externado de Colombia University.
South AfricaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)Institute of Futures ResearchMaster of Philosophy in futures studiesThe IFR began in 1974. This program provides the only MPhil degree in futures/ foresight in Africa. It is primarily focused on those students who have graduated with the USB’s Graduate Diploma in futures studies. The main point of the program’s vision is to foster futurists who want to engineer a preferred future.
TaiwanTamkang UniversityCollege of Education: Graduate Institute of Futures StudiesMaster of Education in futures studiesPrimarily taught in Chinese, the program is focused on teaching futures studies as a method to keep education moving forward. Undergraduate courses and courses taught in English are also available. Graduate Institute of Futures Studies also publishes the Journal of Futures Studies.
UKUniversity of StrathclydeStrathclyde Business School: Department of Strategy & OrganisationMaster of Philosophy in Scenario thinking and scenario planningThe Department of Strategy & Organization offers an MPhil with three different research areas: strategic management, international business, and scenario thinking & scenario planning. Although not explicitly titled strategic foresight or futures studies, the scenario thinking and planning degree is focused on futures/ foresight and its tools & methods.
USAUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaCollege of Social SciencesMaster of Arts in alternative futuresThe Manoa program teaches futures studies as a subset of political science. Started in 1971, the program was the first of its kind in the world.
USAUniversity of HoustonCollege of TechnologyMaster of Science in foresightOriginally begun at University of Houston-Clear Lake in 1974, the UH MS of foresight program is the longest continuously running futures/ foresight program in the world. They started enrolling online learners in 2002.

Postgraduate Diplomas

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
ColombiaUniversidad EAFIT (EAFIT University)Continuing EducationDiploma in strategic foresight (prospectiva)This 32-hour course is focused on using futures/ foresight as an advanced manangement tool.
Costa RicaInstituto Centroamericano de Administración Pública (Central American Institute of Public Administration)n/aDiploma in foresight (prospectiva)The program is intended for mid-level professionals in the public and private sectors for their professional development in using strategic foresight within strateic planning.
PortugalInstituto para o Desenvolvimento e Estudos Económicos, Financeiros e Empresariais (IDEFE) (Institute for Development and Economical, Financial, and Entrepreneurial Studies)n/aPost-Graduate in foresight (prospetiva), strategy, and innovationThe university perceived a need from both public and private sectors to increase the skills of staff in anticipation, innovation, and value creation. So the program integrates foresight, strategy, leadership and innovation. 3-month internships are available in the Consulting arms of Deloitte and OgilvyRED. After receivng the diploma, students will be able to easily segue to the Master in Industrial Management and Strategy.
South AfricaUniversity of Stellenbosch Business School (USB)Institute of Futures ResearchPostgraduate Diploma in futures studiesThe IFR began in 1974. This program provides the only postgraduate diploma in futures/ foresight in Africa. The main point of the program’s vision is to foster futurists who want to engineer a preferred future.

Undergraduate Programs

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
HungaryBudapesti Corvinus Egyetem (Corvinus University of Budapest)School of Information Economics: Economic Geography, Geoeconomics and Sustainable Development Institute: Department of Futures StudiesBachelor of Arts in future researchThe university has several futures/ foresight related classes which are available to related courses. They also have master and doctoral degree programs in futures/ foresight.
USASan Diego City Collegen/aAssociates in futures studiesIt is only a two year degree, but it provides all the basic learning necessary to engage the futures/ foresight community.
USAUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaCollege of Social SciencesBachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studiesThe Manoa program teaches futures studies as a subset of political science. Started in 1971, the program was the first of its kind in the world. Although UHM does not offer a BA in futures studies, such a degree can be custom built for students under the BA in Interdisciplary Studies program. Undergraduate classes are also available for students in other degree programs.

Short Courses

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
AustraliaSwinburne University of Technologyn/aGraduate Certificate of Design Strategy and InnovationThis is a 6-month, single semester program that integrates futures thinking with design thinking. Students are taught design within a strategic and operational context which includes strategic foresight as a key skill.
DenmarkAarhus UniversitySchool of Business and Social SciencesStrategic ForesightThis is a four day course attended from 9 am – 4 pm. It is a leadership course that introduces students to the principles of foresight and shows them best practices for practical application.
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationCertificate of Competence in foresight (prospective) and strategic managementThe purpose is to give students a deep understanding of the four key aspects of an organization: foresight, strategy, management and marketing
FranceConservatoire national des arts et métiers (Cnam) (National Conservatory of Arts and Crafts)EPN InnovationCertificate of Competence in organization strategy and applied foresightThe certificate will give students a deep understanding of foresight and how it applies to strategy with tools for implementation in one of the specialities: human resources, organization, technology, business, sustainable development and territories.
GermanyEuropean Business School (EBS)n/aModule on Strategy, Corporate Foresight & Business Model Innovation in the Mobility SectorThis is a module that can be included or is compulsory in Master in Automotive Management and Master in Business Administration (MBA).
GermanyEuropean Business School (EBS)n/aModule on Strategic ForesightThis is a module that can be included or is compulsory in Master in Management and Master in Business Administration (MBA).
PortugalInstituto para o Desenvolvimento e Estudos Económicos, Financeiros e Empresariais (IDEFE) (Institute for Development and Economical, Financial, and Entrepreneurial Studies)n/aExecutive Education Program: Futures, Strategic Design & InnovationThe program promises to be an immersive experience with illustrious keynote speakers and a Scanning, Sensing, and Acting framework specifically designed for this course.
SwedenInternational Certified Future Strategist (ICFS)n/aCertified Future StrategistsThe program is administered by foresight professionals in five different consultancies from five different countries across Europe. There are four modules within the course that are held over four 3-day weekends. So, the program is perfect for professionals needing an extra qualification for professional development. The certification process is overseen by the Executive Management Institute, https://www.exmi.se/en-us/.
UKOxford UniversityDepartment of Continuing EducationCertificate of Attendance for strategic planning and foresight: Learning from and managing for the futureA one-day course, the workshop gives attendees a toolbox of methods intended to be applied in their work.
UKOxford UniversitySaïd Business SchoolOxford Scenarios ProgramThis is a 5-day program teaching scenario planning. Alumni of the course will be able to attend the 3-yearly Oxford Futures Forum.
UKUniversity of ManchesterManchester Institute of Innovation ResearchThe ART of Foresight & Sustainable Futures: Anticipating, Recommending and Transforming Research and Innovation FuturesWith Course Director Rafael Popper and Co-director Ian Miles, this short course provides an overview of foresight techniques and their practical application for decision-makers and researchers. University of Manchester has run a Foresight and Horizon Scanning program every year since 1999.
USAUniversity of HoustonCollege of TechnologyProfessional Certificate in foresightThis is a 5-day, project based workshop that must be attended face to face. Those who complete the post-workshop project will gain a pre-requisite for joining the Association of Professional Futurists (APF).

Related Programs

CountryUniversityDepartmentProgramDescription
AustraliaUniversity of Technology SydneyInstitute for Sustainable FuturesVariousThe Institute for Sustainable Futures takes a futures/ foresight perspective for teaching sustainability. They offer degrees in topics such as resource futures, water futures, food futures, etc. which appear to teach sustainability through the lens of futures/ foresight.
CanadaOntario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U)n/aMaster of Arts, Master of Design, or Master of Fine Arts in digital futuresMany universities have a course in digital futures, but this program, that is connected to OCAD’s strategic foresight and innovation program, has a course called Possible Futures that focuses on teaching scenario thinking.
IndiaUniversity of KeralaFaculty of Applied Science and Technology: Department of Futures StudiesMaster of Technology in technology managementThe degree is an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Futures Studies and focuses on integrated planning, design, optimization, operation, and control of technological products, processes, and services.
MaltaUniversity of MaltaEdward de Bono Institute for the Design and Development of ThinkingMaster in creativity and innovationAlthough the degree program is not specifically futures/ foresight in subject, the Edward de Bono Institute uses futures/ foresight as a key principle for the program.
UKBirmingham City UniversitySchool of Engineering and the Built EnvironmentMaster of Science in building surveying with facilities managementIt is not a foresight program at all. However, the program exists in response to a futures/ foresight study that was performed: Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Strategic Foresight 2030: http://www.rics.org/uk/about-rics/responsible-business/rics-futures/discussions/rics-strategic-foresight-2030/
UKBrunel Universityn/aMaster of Science in integrated product designAlthough not a futures/ foresight course, the program contains a Design Futures module that teaches the integration of futures thinking and design thinking.
UKUniversity of Glasgown/aMaster of Business Administration (MBA)The program has a class called Strategic Foresight, but it does not necessarily teach the principles of futures/ foresight. The class is primarily conducted by visiting speakers–business heads, who discuss the issues of mainatining a strategic edge. The content of the class therefore depends on the content of the presentations from these guest speakers.
USAUniversity of ArizonaSchool for the Future of Innovation in SocietyDoctor of Philosophy in human and social dimensions of science and technologyAlthough not focused on the future, the degree is an interdisciplinary study of how technology is affecting society and vice versa.

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