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Graduate Degree Programs

Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Shawn M. Clark
451C Business Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-4449

The Smeal College of Business proposes to establish a graduate certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT_GCT). This certificate will be designed to meet the needs of individuals in industry who have at least a bachelor’s degree, but lack awareness, understanding, and competency in the areas of corporate innovation, new venture creation, and entrepreneurship. The knowledge and skills associated with innovation and entrepreneurship are of tremendous value in many different contexts and industries, including the areas of leadership, strategic planning, business model development, managing or launching new ventures, developing new products, improving services and business processes, technology commercialization and technology transfer initiatives, customer development, and starting a business. This degree will specifically target individuals in the corporate sector where product/service innovation and continuous improvement are imperative, however, students interested in launching startup companies will also find this program beneficial. In general, those students who have a science or engineering background, are in management roles involving innovation, desire to launch new venture in or outside a given organization, or have job responsibilities involving innovation and creativity, will find this degree helpful. This 12 credit certificate program will provide students a solid foundation in innovation and entrepreneurship necessary to advance in their chosen career fields, but may also be extended to a master’s degree (Master of Professional Studies program in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship) by taking an additional 21 credits associated with the field. The curricular design of both the 12 credit certificate and the 33 credit MPS are based on a recent market study conducts by Penn State’s World Campus, and by soliciting input from a variety of industry experts.

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must also satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Along with the submission of the online application and the nonrefundable application fee, the following is required: Official Transcripts and Grade Point Average (GPA) – Applicants must submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. A Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the final two years of undergraduate studies, or in your most recent graduate degree, is required. Statement of Purpose - Applicants must upload a 1–2 page (double-spaced) statement of purpose describing how professional experience and goals potentially align with the certificate.


MBADM 531(3), ENTR 810(3), ENTR 502(3), ENTR 820(3)


Effective Semester: Spring 2018
Expiration Semester: Spring 2023




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