Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation

Department of Business and Information Technology

Program Description   |   Curriculum   |   Course Descriptions
Admission Requirements    |   Graduate Degrees

 

Program Description:

Change and growth in Missouri and America require the training, nourishing, and flourishing of entrepreneurs.  Many individuals are unaware of their capacity and ability to develop the mindset and skills required to successfully engage in entrepreneurship and technological innovation.  Recent entrepreneurship research, however, indicates that many of the skills and much of the knowledge of successful entrepreneurs can be developed and taught in a classroom setting.

The Department of Business and Information Technology (BIT) proposes the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation.  This program is designed to create successful technological entrepreneurs and innovators by developing skills and a mind set that will provide opportunities for succeeding in today’s fast paced world.

To that end, the program focuses on the following competencies:

  • Recognizing opportunity
  • Assessing opportunity
  • Planning under uncertainty
  • Fostering innovations
  • Mastering creativity
  • Building and managing networks
  • Leveraging resources
  • Mitigating and managing risk
  • Focus and adaptability
  • Design thinking
  • Implementing new ideas

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Admission:

The graduate certificate program is open to all individuals holding a BS, MS or PhD degree in areas such as business, social sciences, technology, engineering, or related disciplines.  The certificate program consists of four courses. In order to receive a Graduate Certificate, the student must have an average graduate cumulative grade point of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale in the certificate courses taken.  Students admitted only to the certificate program will have non-degree graduate status but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete.  The core courses will be offered at least once per year.  The courses in the certificate program will be offered such that students can complete the program in a timely manner.  If the four-course sequence approved by the graduate advisor is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student will, upon application, be admitted to the Master of Business Administration or to the Master of Science in Information Science and Technology.  The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the program will count towards the MBA program or the M.S. in Information Science and Technology degree program.  Once admitted to the Certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program as long as a B or better average is maintained in the courses taken. 

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Curriculum:

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation program consists of four 3-credit hour courses.  Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors and listed in the Graduate Catalog.

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation requires the following 12 hours of coursework:

Required:

  • BUS 5980: Business Models for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • MKT 5310: Digital Marketing and Promotions

Choose two courses from the following six:

  • BUS 5580: Strategic Management
  • BUS 6150: Advanced Customer Focus and Satisfaction
  • IST 5251: Technological Innovation Management & Leadership
  • IST 6654: Digital Media
  • IST 5886: Human Computer Interaction Prototyping
  • IST 6335: Mobile Technology for Business

*All courses above are offered both on-campus and as distance courses.

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Curriculum:

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation program consists of four 3-credit hour courses.  Students will be responsible for prerequisite knowledge as determined by course instructors and listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Course Descriptions:

 Course description can be found in the catalog at catalog.mst.edu/graduate.

Graduate Degrees

Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE/GMAT scores, or letters of recommendation. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE/GMAT. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Business Administration (MBA) 
Information Science and Technology (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

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