|Person-in-Charge||Shawn M. Clark|
The Smeal College of Business offers a graduate certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. This certificate is 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 certificate specifically targets 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 certificate 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, the Master of Professional Studies degree program in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Courses taken in the certificate program may be applied toward the M.P.S. in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, subject to restrictions outlined in GCAC-309 Transfer Credit. Certificate students who wish to have certificate courses applied towards the M.P.S. must apply and be admitted to that degree program. Admission to the M.P.S. graduate degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed.
Effective Semester: Spring 2018
Expiration Semester: Spring 2023
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
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.
GRE/GMAT scores are NOT required.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
|MBADM 531||Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship||3|
|ENTR 810||Emerging Trends, Technology, and Corporate Innovation||3|
|ENTR 502||Business Modeling and New Venture Creation||3|
|ENTR 820||Corporate Innovation Strategies and Entrepreneurial Methods||3|
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.
Certificate Program Head: Shawn Clark
Primary Program Contact: Michelle Rockower
Mailing Address: 220 Business Building, University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: (814) 863-0474
Program Website: Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate