Staying ahead in a global and tech-driven business environment requires fresh thinking and an entrepreneurial mindset. When you earn your Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation, you’ll learn a cutting-edge set of skills for reinventing existing methods, developing new business models, and designing new products—and securing your place as a valued contributor in the decision-making process.
Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation Program Overview
- Program Structure: 4–5 courses
- Class Schedule: Monday–Thursday evenings at 5:20 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
- Time to Complete: 8 months when studying full-time; 8 months to 3 years when studying part-time
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credits may be applied toward a future MBA
Graduate entrepreneurship program (Princeton Review, 2021)
- Develop your creative capacity and learn how to expand the boundaries of your thinking
- Learn best practices for harnessing technological innovation and commercializing sound ideas
- Specialize your studies with electives that are relevant to your goals, such as disruptive technologies, intellectual property, or design thinking
- Build your confidence and experience through applied project work and case studies—key components of Northeastern’s practice-oriented approach to learning
- Access expert career guidance from an experienced counselor at Northeastern’s office of Employer Engagement and Career Design
- Build the foundation for a future master’s degree from Northeastern—you may be able to apply your earned certificate credits toward an eligible master’s program
- GMAT Required? No.
- Where do I apply? Apply using this application.
- Interview required? International applicants who are not native English speakers must demonstrate English language proficiency. You may demonstrate this in one of two ways: submit your test score from TOEFL iBT, IELTS, or PTE academic; or complete an intake interview.
There are three entry terms each year in January, May, and September.
Please visit the Northeastern Student Financial Services page. Click the dropdown under “Graduate Programs” and you’ll find the cost per credit listed next to “D’Amore-McKim School of Business Programs.”
At Northeastern, we value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds community, which is vital to learning and discovery.
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Northeastern has many opportunities for you to be engaged with our community. Examples include the following:
The purpose of the GSCC is to build community for graduate students of color at Northeastern University by promoting education, professionalism, and civic duty. The GSCC fosters student, staff, and faculty relationships to establish a campus home for higher education at Northeastern. Through civic engagement with surrounding communities, the GSCC recognizes the continued struggles of marginalized populations, and the need for those who have succeeded to give back.
Grad Q is a student organization for LGBTQ+ graduate students at Northeastern. Grad Q is focused on building community, social events, advocacy, and mentoring undergraduate students.
We have a number of cultural centers on campus to support our campus community by providing programs, lectures, and events for students with a range of affiliations and interests including the LGBTQA Resource Center, Office of Global Services, Latinx Student Cultural Center, Asian American Center, and many more.
In both formats, you’ll be learning from world-renowned faculty—industry leaders, leading consultants, change agents, and founders of startups—and you’ll study alongside a diverse group of students with a mix of industry and academic backgrounds.
Through core coursework and electives, you’ll explore the fundamentals of corporate innovation, focusing on the skills and knowledge you need to make innovation central to your organization’s competitive strategy. You’ll dive into topics such as . . .
- Harnessing technological innovation
- Unlocking creative potential
- Financing new ventures
- Designing business models
- Creating business plans
- Uncovering opportunities for disruption
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“I wanted to get a better understanding of current technology curves and learn how innovation happens, and this program is perfect for that¬–and Northeastern is one of the best schools out there.”—Peter Rupert, Graduate Certificate in Corporate Innovation (formerly Innovation Management)’19
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