Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate

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  

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify a real-world problem and potential innovative solutions for the problem
  • Design a sustainable business model and a procedure to validate the business model to solve the real-world problem
  • Determine resources needed to execute the business model and means to acquire the required resources
  • Communicate the business model to internal and external stakeholders by writing and presenting a business plan

Admissions and Certificate Requirements from Seattle University's 2023-2024 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

Certificate Requirements

Individual courses below may have additional prerequisites.
Courses may be taken in any order.

I. Required Courses

Two required courses (6 credits) Credits
MGMT 5360: Entrepreneurial Strategies and Growth 3
MGMT 5370: Business Plan Development 3

II. Electives

Choose THREE from the following courses (9 credits) Credits
BLAW 5305: Legal Issues for New Ventures 3
FINC 5300: Financial Statement Analysis and Security Valuation 3
FINC 5315: Entrepreneurial Finance * 3
MGMT 5300: Family Owned Business 3
MGMT 5315: Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic I 3
MGMT 5330: Entrepreneurship: Social Enterprise 3
MGMT 5340: Business Consulting 3
MGMT 5345: Managing Diversity 3
MGMT 5365: Management of Change 3
MKTG 5310: New Product Development 3
MKTG 5345: Social Media Marketing 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

  • Current students should speak to their adviser about adding a certificate.
  • New students need to apply for the certificate program as a regular student via our Application page.
    • Once you are accepted you may start the next available term.
    • After being accepted you must attend an advising orientation.
  • Length of program depends on when classes are being offered and how many you wish to take per term. Not all classes are offered every year/quarter. Speak to your adviser to get the most up-to-date schedule for the academic year.
  • Costs are outlined on our Tuition and Fees page.

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