Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

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Grow Your Entrepreneurial Skill Set

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Certificate from the Carlson School of Management is designed to give you a fundamental understanding of entrepreneurship principles and how to take a new idea and turn it into a commercially successful business offering. Hybrid program delivery allows you to complete courses in a flexible format, which is ideal for working professionals. Learn from top business faculty and prepare to start a new business or innovate within your existing one.

Associated Degree

Hybrid (Primarily Online)
12-24 months
work experience
Work experience
No minimum requirement
start date
Start date
January, June, September

Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Courses

Throughout the entrepreneurship and innovation program, you will go through the innovation process from start to finish. You'll study idea generation, business planning, product development, testing, and more while learning to manage a growing business venture. The AACSB-accredited curriculum includes 5 to 6 courses, depending on the electives you choose, and a total of 12 credits.

  • ENTR 6025: Introduction to Entrepreneurship - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6055: Management of Innovation and Change - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 6071: Strategic Management of Technological Change - 2 Credits
  • ENTR 6021: Developing New Ventures - 2 Credits
  • ENTR 6023: Financing Business Ventures - 2 Credits
  • ENTR 6036: Managing the Growing Business - 2 Credits
  • ENTR 6037: Corporate Venturing - 2 Credits
  • MGMT 5102: Startup: Customer Development and Testing -2 Credits
  • Pick one:
    • ENTR 6041: Initiating New Product Design and Business Development - 4 Credits
    • ENTR 6042: Implementing New Product Design and Business Development - 4 Credits
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Become an Innovative Leader

Whether you want to develop a business venture or help others bring ideas to life, our Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate delivers the expertise you need to excel. When you finish your program, you will have the toolkit to ideate, lead, and grow a successful business using industry-tested best practices.

  • $130,600 Median salary for sales managers1
  • $80,827 Median salary for business development managers2

Why Earn a Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation?

Our graduate certificates allow you to take master's-level courses and gain specialized skills through training in a targeted area. You can upskill quickly and earn a valuable credential in as little as one year. Throughout your program, you will grow your network by learning alongside fellow professionals in classes led by business experts. Plus, the certificate credits you earn can be applied toward Carlson's Part-Time MBA or Online MBA programs.

Tuition Details

Carlson graduate certificates provide the advanced knowledge and hands-on experience you need for professional development and long-term career growth. This program consists of 12 credits with a tuition cost of $1,720 per credit hour.

Admissions Details and Application Deadlines

The Carlson School of Management offers a streamlined online application for our graduate certificate programs. There is no minimum GPA or GRE/GMAT requirement, and our application fee is $75, with a waiver available for active-duty U.S. military service members. You can explore other requirements below.

Admissions Requirements Overview

The following materials are required to apply to the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Certificate program:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Completed application
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities/colleges where coursework has been completed
  • Two professional references/recommendations
  • Personal statement
  • Current resume
  • Optional written essay

Application Deadlines 



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Round 1October 15February 15May 15
Round 2November 15March 15June 15
Round 3December 15April 15July 15

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about the Carlson School of Management's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Graduate Certificate below.

The first step is to start your application.

We don't require work experience for admission. Contact us to learn more about our admissions policy.

Earning a graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation allows you to upskill quickly in targeted areas that can enhance your career. Possible career paths include business development manager, product manager, and sales manager.

Tuition is $1,720 per credit hour. You'll complete 12 credits for a total tuition cost of $20,640. You can contact us to learn more about tuition and fees.

Most students complete this graduate certificate program in 12-24 months.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Management Occupations. Retrieved from
  2. Average Business Development Manager Salary. Retrieved from