Advanced Graduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

Advanced Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship

Offered By: College of Doctoral Studies

Study Modern Business Theories in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation at Grand Canyon University (GCU) provides instruction that focuses on creating innovation, optimizing organizational structures, and prototyping an innovation, product or process.

Designed for the business professional, you will be taught new ways of thinking to help you address business challenges with a fresh, innovative approach. Graduates of this innovation certificate program who want to further explore complex theories of business and innovation can transfer the credits directly into GCU's Doctor of Business Administration: Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship program.

The graduate innovation and entrepreneurship certificate online is created to help you fill a gap in your skill set or deepen your understanding of corporate entrepreneurship and innovation. GCU offers this certificate program online to allow working professionals the opportunity to gain advanced business knowledge and skills on a more flexible schedule.

The courses in this program are delivered fully online through a digital learning platform. Throughout the 12-credit program, you will have access to faculty who are knowledgeable in the corporate entrepreneurship field. You will also have networking opportunities with peers in the program.

Individuals who may benefit from earning an advanced online graduate certificate in entrepreneurship include:1

  • Recent graduates from a related master’s program
  • New employees in the corporate business field
  • Career changers or those seeking to position themselves for possible career advancement in the areas of corporate leadership and entrepreneurship
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Course Topics in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This graduate-level certificate program requires four courses that will teach you the following key entrepreneurial competencies:

  • The influence of organizational structure and culture on corporate entrepreneurial innovation.
  • How to use established organizational structures to enable the process of identifying and rapidly prototyping disruptive innovations for the purpose of securing initial commitment.
  • The process and structure for garnering committed support from internal and external stakeholders. Consideration is given to enacting due diligence and a deliberate communication plan.
  • How to apply the complex corporate entrepreneurial skill set to recommend how to structure, prototype, communicate, advocate and execute disruptive innovation. Special attention is given to the execution phase, including timing, structure development and communication strategy.

Career Opportunities for Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Learning is a lifelong pursuit and earning an advanced graduate innovation certificate from an accredited university can provide the opportunity you need to enhance your skills and to position yourself for possible career advancement.

Leadership and entrepreneurial positions associated with this certificate program include:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Business consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Director of strategy
  • Director of corporate innovation
  • Training and development manager

Graduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate Program FAQs

If you are interested in learning more about this advanced graduate program, read our answers to the following common questions.

The innovation and entrepreneurship certificate at GCU is designed to provide working business professionals with skills in creating, optimizing and prototyping innovations, products, processes and organizational structures. Graduates of this program may also transfer the credits directly into GCU’s DBA in Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship program.

GCU’s online graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation requires a master’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum GPA. For more details on admission requirements, view the University Policy Handbook.

Earning a corporate entrepreneurship and innovation certificate can help you complete specific advanced courses in less time than other degree programs. In the certificate program, you will have an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and fill gaps in your skill set to help prepare you to position yourself for possible career advancement or to meet the admission requirements for advanced education in corporate entrepreneurship.

Get started on your advanced graduate certificate today. Complete the form on this page to speak with a university counselor who will help answer your questions.

1 Indeed Editorial Team. (2023, February 16). Q&A: Are Graduate Certificates Worth It? Indeed. Retrieved on June 5, 2023.

TOTAL CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Credits: 12
Online: 8 weeks
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TRANSFER CREDITS:
The University will accept one course of the total certificate requirements in transfer.
TUITION RATE:
Online: $725 per credit [More Info]

Course List

Major:
12 credits
Degree Requirements:
12 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

Beginning with the notion that structures precede outcomes, this course explores the influence of organizational structure and culture on corporate entrepreneurial innovation. Consideration is given to innovation models and the history of innovation as well as the alignment of reward structures that promote innovation and corporate entrepreneurship.

Course Description

Opportunities to innovate occur when the right individual is at the right place at the right time and is willing and able to seize opportunities. This course examines how to use established organizational structures to enable the process of identifying and rapidly prototyping disruptive innovations for the purpose of securing initial commitment.

Course Description

Having successfully prototyped a disruptive innovation, the process of corporate entrepreneurship then requires committed support from internal and external stakeholders. This course examines the process and structure for transforming both skeptics and casual supporters to committed advocates. Consideration is given to enacting due diligence and a deliberate communication cadence.

Course Description

In this course, learners will apply the complex corporate entrepreneurial skillset to recommend how to structure, prototype, communicate, advocate, and execute disruptive innovation. Specific attention is given to components of the execution phase of the corporate entrepreneurial process such as timing, structure development, and frequency and cadence of communication.

Locations

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