Albers School of Business and Economics

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • With the professional Certificate for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, participants will learn the critical strategies and skills to successfully launch, manage, and lead innovative programs and organizations of all sizes. You will receive practical, hands-on experience to work more effectively within your current company or to launch your own new venture by choosing one of two flexible areas of emphasis: Innovation or Entrepreneurship. In addition, you'll have access to the support and guidance of our dedicated Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship staff, including access to coaches and subject matter experts from among the top business leaders in the region.

    Benefits to You

    • Learn a solid set of innovation and entrepreneurial skills that you can apply to any career, job, or area of your life.
    • Gain a deeper understanding and applied learning of the best practices in innovation & entrepreneurship, as demonstrated by “real-life” successful practitioners.
    • Interact with and learn from top-notch professors and faculty who are experts in their fields.
    • Receive feedback, guidance, and coaching from the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s staff and coaches.

    Who Should Enroll

    • Team or company leaders who want to learn how to be more innovative & entrepreneurial
    • Managers or other professionals within existing companies, nonprofits, or startups who want to reach the next level of success
    • Anyone interested in launching their own startup or other enterprise
    • Technical or engineering students who want to bring more innovation and creative thinking to their projects
    • Project teams that want to work together more effectively and create breakthrough results  

    from Seattle University's 2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

    Admission Requirements

    Applicants must have:

    1. A minimum of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution
    2. A minimum 2 years of full time work experience


    Individual courses below may have additional prerequisites. See the Prerequisites table for details.
    Courses may be taken in any order.

    I. Required Course

    One required course (3 credits) Credits
    MGMT 5370: Business Plan Development 3

    II. Electives

    Choose any four elective courses from either or both of the following emphases:
    (12 credits)

    Entrepreneurship Emphasis Credits
    BLAW 5305: Legal Issues for New Ventures 3
    FINC 5315: Entrepreneurial Finance * 3
    MGMT 5300: Family Owned Business 3
    MGMT 5330: Entrepreneurship: Social Enterprise 3
    MGMT 5340: Business Consulting 3
    MGMT 5360: Entrepreneurial Strategies and Growth 3
    MKTG 5340: New Venture Marketing 3
    Innovation Emphasis
    MGMT 5365: Management of Change 3
    MKTG 5310: New Product Development 3
    MKTG 5350: Creativity and Innovation 3
    OPER 5310: Project Management and Control 3

    *Note: For students enrolled in the Master of Science in Finance program, FINC 5315 is excluded from the list of eligible electives qualifying for this certificate.

    Requirement for certificate: 15 credits

    Next Steps

    • You need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.
    • Once you are accepted, you may start any term (Fall, Winter, Spring, or Summer).
    • After being accepted, you must attend an advising orientation.
    • Refer to the 2015-2016 Class Schedule to plan your program.
    • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term.
    • Cost is $815 per credit plus fees. (Certificate requirement: 15 credits.)

    For more information, contact Millena Williams at

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    Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship