Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The certificate allows post-graduate students from any discipline to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation, and the new venture creation process. The interdisciplinary certificate program provides students an opportunity to gain business skills they can use in starting a business without a large time commitment. It is flexible so that students can design a program that provides core entrepreneurship education through Management 566 as well as discipline-specific training from entrepreneurship courses in other colleges.

 

The objectives of the Graduate Certificate program are:

  • To teach students the process through which new ventures are created regardless of their organization
  • Enhance discipline-specific opportunity recognition, prepare students from any background to understand the process through which ideas are implemented into the market or an organization
  • Provide interdisciplinary instruction by integrating business-related entrepreneurship education with college-specific entrepreneurship training
  • To ensure students understand the role of innovation and develop creative abilities in entrepreneurship.

Students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation must meet minimum university criteria for admission to graduate programs. The Graduate College general requirements and application can be found at http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academics/programs/acresults.php?id=15.  Current graduate students at ISU need to complete and submit a Request to Pursue a Certificate in Addition to a Graduate Degree, resume and goals/interests statement. 

 

Prerequisites

Successful applicants must be a graduate of an accredited institution and normally must rank in the upper quartile (3.0 GPA) of their class to gain admission.  Applicants may come from any undergraduate discipline. A record of business ownership or an entrepreneurial venture may be considered as a substitute for prior academic performance.

 

Courses

Students interested in the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate must successfully complete a minimum of 12 credits in courses approved for use in the certificate program.  Up to 6 credits required for another degree program may also be used to fulfill the requirements for the certificate. Students should follow the curriculum requirements as listed below.

 

Credits Courses
3 credits Required Courses
 
  • Mgmt 566: Entrepreneurship & New Business Creation
9 credits Elective Courses
 
  • AESHM 545: Interdisciplinary Consumer Aesthetics
  • AESHM 574: Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences
  • AESHM/HRI 577: E-Commerce for Apparel and Hospitality Companies
  • Arch 582: Architecture Professional Practice
  • CI 603: Advanced Instructional Systems Design
  • Engl 550: The Craft of Creative Writing
  • HCI 592X: Entrepreneurship Workshop
  • ME: 584: Technology, Globalization and Culture
  • Mgmt 565: Technology Transfer and Feasibility Analysis
  • Mgmt 567: International Entrepreneurship
  • Mgmt 569X: Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Pol S 575: Management in the Public Sector
  • Pol S 577: Government, Business, and Society
  • Pol S 586: Science, Technology and Public Policy
  • VDPAM 514:  Veterinary Practice Entrepreneurship

Students are required to submit a Program of Study listing courses taken for the certificate. 

To receive your Certificate:  Submit the Certificate Completion form after your course work is complete or during the term of your last course.

For more information, please contact:

Danny Johnson
Academic Coordinator for Entrepreneurship
1360 Gerdin Business Building

515.294.8118