Corporate innovation is a series of processes by which established companies promote, design, and pursue innovation opportunities that can result in new products, services, and/or business models. It entails R&D activities, product development, internal venture accelerators, acquisitions, and alliances. Innovation is the most powerful competitive weapon for a corporation that wants to ensure growth and relevance over time.

The corporate innovation minor is designed to prepare students to develop new businesses, products, services, or processes inside of an existing organization to create value and generate new revenue growth through entrepreneurial thought and action. A minor in corporate innovation seeks to prepare students to be agents of change and renewal within established companies, aspiring to leading roles in areas such as product development, new business research, and innovation-related projects. This minor targets students with co-op aspirations that involve positions within corporations such as entry-level product line management, project management, consulting, and new product and service development.

This minor is available to non-business majors only. If you’re a business major and are interested, you should check out the Undergraduate Concentration in Corporate Innovation.

Corporate Innovation Minor Curriculum

Below you will find a sample curriculum for the Undergraduate Minor in Corporate Innovation. You can find the full set of Corporate Innovation Minor requirements in Northeastern’s Course Catalog. Please consult the Course Catalog appropriate to your class year and your academic advisor to ensure your coursework is on track.


ENTR 2301. Innovation!. 4 Hours.

Designed for students across the entire University who wish to learn about innovation—the creative process, the different types of innovation, how innovations are created, and how innovations can be transformed into commercial reality either as new products or new services and either in startups, existing corporations, and nonprofit entities. Offers students an opportunity to obtain the fundamental insight needed to understand the innovation process and to become a player in it.


Complete three courses, one of which may be chosen from the additional electives list:

ENTR 2304Industry Disruption and Corporate Transformation
ENTR 3335Product Innovation and Portfolio Management
ENTR 4504Advanced Studies in Corporate Innovation
ENTR 4225Growth, Acquisitions, and Alliances

Additional Electives

ARTG 1250Design Process Context and Systems
ARTG 3462Experience Design 1
CS 4500Software Development
CS 4520Mobile Application Development
CS 4550Web Development
ENTR 1201The Entrepreneurial Universe
GAME 2010The Business of Games
GE 1110Engineering Design
GE 5100Product Development for Engineers

Interested? Next Steps

To declare a minor in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, including as part of the BS in Business Administration and the BS in International Business, students should complete the online minor registration form:

Students will be required to log in using their MyNortheastern credentials. Once the form has been submitted, the student will receive a confirmation email to their Northeastern email account and the student record will be updated within 10-14 business days.

To declare a minor, students must have a 2.0 GPA and be a full-time undergraduate student at Northeastern. To graduate with the minor, students must attain a 2.0 GPA in the courses taken for the minor. No classes for the minor may be taken for a pass/fail grade. The minor is posted on the official transcript within one month of graduation.

Other Minors at D’Amore-McKim

The minor in emerging markets introduces students to the challenges and opportunities that face companies in countries that are rapidly developing into more developed world economies.