Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Information on the Penn State Smeal Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, delivered in partnership with Penn State World Campus.

The online Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIENT) from the Penn State Smeal College of Business, delivered in partnership with Penn State World Campus, can help you gain the critical skills and business acumen needed to become a successful game changer.

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The 12-credit program provides you with the foundational knowledge behind the principles of innovation and entrepreneurship in a corporate context. As a student, you will explore a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • Ideation
  • Product/service development
  • Managing customer experiences
  • Entrepreneurial leadership
  • Innovation strategies and methods
  • Leading innovative teams
  • Benchmarking
  • Competitor assessment
  • Future trend tracking
  • New venture creation
  • Technology commercialization

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an ideal choice for aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders who work in a corporate environment, or for those in a STEM field, such as engineering or information science. The program is equally relevant for professionals who aspire to launch their own start-up company.

Curriculum

As a student in the online program, you can learn to:

  • Analyze, develop, and assess new products, services, and business models by thinking creatively and strategically
  • Understand current and future trends and the changing market conditions that influence innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Demonstrate key competencies in methods and practices associated with new venture creation and corporate innovation
  • Formulate and articulate ideas, and analyze and communicate new venture plans to key stakeholders

Consider Stepping Up to a Master's Degree
You may use your CIENT graduate certificate to step up into a Penn State master's degree. All four of the certificate courses are embedded into the more comprehensive Online Master of Professional Studies in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Additionally, courses in the CIENT Graduate Certificate program may be able to be applied toward the Penn State Online MBA Program.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Penn State Smeal Master of Professional Studies in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship or the Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship, please contact:

Michelle Rockower
Office of Professional Graduate Programs
220C Business Building
814-865-5290
cient@psu.edu