The professional Certificate in Innovation requires 15 s.h. of credit. Students must earn a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.75 in certificate coursework.

The certificate provides students with skills that help them generate innovative solutions to problems, advance innovation within organizations, and develop new ventures. Innovation requires both an entrepreneurial mindset and an understanding of collaborative processes. Students learn to understand problems, identify new market opportunities, and develop solutions. They learn how organizations can become more agile and encourage innovation throughout the organization. Students also learn how to start and grow a new venture around an innovative idea. The certificate program of study leverages the strengths of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship and the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurship Center (Iowa JPEC).

Certificate courses are regularly offered online and may occasionally be offered at two locations in Iowa: Cedar Rapids at the Tippie College of Business Cedar Rapids Center and Des Moines at the John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center (JMPEC); see program locations on the Tippie College of Business website.

The Certificate in Innovation requires the following coursework.

All of these:
ENTR:9100Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
ENTR:9450Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation3
ENTR:9500Managing the Growth Business3
One of these:
BAIS:9140Agile Project Management3
ENTR:9200Entrepreneurial Finance3
MGMT:9185Project Management3
One of these:
MGMT:9110Dynamics of Negotiations3
MGMT:9120Leadership and Personal Development3
MGMT:9220Maximizing Team Performance3

Certificate/Graduate Degrees

Students can pursue a professional Certificate in Innovation concurrently with their graduate degree. With graduate program approval, students may count up to 9 s.h. from the professional certificate toward their graduate degree. With approval from the professional certificate program, students may count up to 3 s.h. from any graduate degree program toward their certificate. Students should contact their degree program and the certificate program to work out combined program details. Separate application to each degree program is required. Applicants must be admitted to both programs before they may be admitted to the combined degree program.

Admission decisions are based on completed application materials, including quality and quantity of work experience and undergraduate or graduate academic performance. View Graduate Certificates Admissions on the Tippie College of Business website for specific guidelines.

Applicants whose first language is not English must score at least 100 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or must have a successful admission interview. In place of TOEFL, the program accepts International English Testing System (IELTS) scores. For information about registering for TOEFL or IELTS and reporting scores to the University, see the English language requirement on the Tippie College of Business Iowa M.B.A. Admissions website.

Students are admitted during the summer, fall, or spring. Applications are accepted throughout the year.