Innovation and Entrepreneurship




Are you motivated by challenge? Are you an independent self-starter? Entrepreneurship is both a pursuit and a mindset. Concordia University Online’s Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation is looking for candidates who have ambitious goals and an entrepreneurial attitude. This 100% online program will help students take their innovations and turn them into successful startups. Learn from faculty with real world experience about issues that matter to you. Topics include venture capital, intellectual property rights, long-term planning strategy and much more. Best of all, our flexible program allows you to study at your own pace.

Earn your MBA in Innovation and Entrepreneurship by adding an additional 24 credits. Within 5 years of beginning the certificate program, students have the option to earn their MBA by applying to the program and completing the 24-credit core requirement.

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Goals / Objectives

  • Identify and develop an entrepreneurial network of individuals, organizations and professionals.
  • Demonstrate applied innovation, creativity, problem-solving, perseverance and adaptability.
  • Evaluate and identify emerging markets, trends and challenges.
  • Leverage technology in market research and identification.
  • Demonstrate adaptability and “pivot-ability.”
  • Identify legal and regulatory issues related to new business formation.
  • Create business plans.
  • Develop new ventures.

Career Outlook

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Students are required to complete 15 credits in the concentration. MBA 579 is required. Students will select a minimum of 4 course / 12 credits from a variety of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration courses including:

Strategic Innovation (MBA 579/879) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to introduce students to the practices necessary to stimulate and manage innovation in an organization. Students are given frameworks and methods for designing, developing, and implementing innovation in real work situations. The aim of the course is to provide the learner with the perspective and skill base necessary to lead innovation-focused projects, people, and ventures. How to create an organizational culture for innovation and commensurate competencies will also be introduced.   This course will emphasize how innovation tools and methods can be successfully employed in real work situations. Each module is designed to engage in a conceptual and experiential application of innovation practices.
Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship (MBA 686/886) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Sustainability and social entrepreneurship introduces the graduate student to the triple bottom line of sustainability (people, profit, planet) as related to pharmaceutical and chemical product development; and, to social entrepreneurship concepts that guide how such a business is run.  The focus of the course is on balancing a company’s need to maximize profits, while also minimizing negative impact on the environment, and maximizing positive social impact. Industry-relevant examples are used, to illustrate these concepts in a practical way.
Intellectual Property and Regulatory Issues (MBA 687/887) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides lectures and case studies on various aspect of intellectual property and regulatory matters as they relate to product development and commercialization. An overview is provided of the major forms of intellectual property (IP): patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret. IP issues as they pertain to the business of product development are presented through case studies and lectures.
New Venture Formation and Business Development (MBA 688/888) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides brief lectures on the process of writing a business plan, suited to a new venture (or acquiring a growing concern) that a student is interested in starting, as well as lectures on business development. Class is taught both as lecture and in regular mentoring sessions between the student and the faculty mentor(s) they are assigned, to guide them through the process of writing their own business plan. Weekly exercises are provided, with feedback given to the student each week to prepare them for the next step in the process, until a complete business plan is written. Students also gain an understanding of the business development process, associated with commercializing a product or service within a company.
Small Business Management (MBA 555/855) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The study of the principles of management as applied to a small business with emphasis on the elements necessary to create a successful business operation. This course lays out, in step-by-step fashion the knowledge and insights needed to lead and manage a small business. At the same time it focuses on a much broader concern—the pursuit of entrepreneurial dreams.
Sales Management and Salesmanship (MBA 553/853) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Sales Management studies the principles and practices in planning, organizing, and controlling sales force. Selection, training, compensating, supervising and stimulating salespersons is emphasized. The art of effective selling is explored with emphasis on conduct and attitude, and persuasive techniques.
Social Media Marketing Strategies (MBA 511/811) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to help the student understand the social media revolution; the concepts, tools and applications. This course will provide students with the practical knowledge and insights needed to successfully plan, implement, manage and measure social media marketing efforts.
Marketing Research and Intelligence (MBA 578/878) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Students will learn to target markets by leveraging the use of marketing research and analytics. The reasons for marketing research, and how to analyze the data derived from multiple forms such as surveys, sales reports and logs, and social media are put into practice. Students will learn how marketing intelligence can help realize full marketing growth potential, and its impact on profitability.
Internship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (MBA 845) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The Internship experience is meant to give students a real world perspective in a business related area, while working toward completion of the MBA degree.  An Internship can be taken by any student in any MBA concentration area. Curricular emphasis is placed on student use of learned skills and exposure to hands-on business techniques, and gaining experience or expertise on their concentration area.  Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours of clock time at their internship site.

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