Graduate Certificate: Innovation Strategy


Learn more about the graduate certificate in Innovation Strategy.

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Innovation Strategy is an efficient, high-impact program that prepares the next generation of innovation leaders and high-potential employees to build agile organizations, strategically drive innovation, and make decisions appropriate for the rapidly changing global competitive landscape. It is part of a system of entrepreneurship and commercialization support programs offered by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI).

When the world changes, you can and must adapt! In these challenging times, innovation is more important than ever, and it is critical that business professionals understand how to creatively solve problems and innovate to turn challenges into opportunities. Innovation and entrepreneurship are ubiquitous in today’s modern competitive landscape. Firms that sit still are left behind as new leaders or entire industries surge ahead. In this rapidly changing landscape, it is critical that employees and managers alike understand how to turn challenges into opportunities and can use all forms of innovation to drive critical organizational outcomes.

Our graduate certificates are designed for working professionals and are offered in evenings and on weekends in both fully online and hybrid course formats that provide the best of both online and in-person experiences. Rigorous, hands-on courses are taught by faculty who are leaders in their fields and business people who have implemented innovation programs in some of the most innovative companies in the world. Participants also have the option to transfer credits earned in our certificates into our other graduate degree programs, such as the Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship MS or our MBA degree.

Some questions answered in this certificate program include:

  • How do firms create or add value through innovation?
  • How does innovation fit into a firm's overall business strategy?
  • How does the value frontier evolve and transform the competitive landscapes?
  • How can organizations embrace disruptive innovations?
  • How can you create an organizational environment that rewards innovation?
  • How do you structure innovation initiatives to encourage adoption and reduce resistance to change?
  • How do you balance your innovation portfolio between radical and incremental innovation while maintaining the legacy business?

The certificate program is appropriate for:

  • Managers responsible for growth, strategy or innovation.
  • High-potential employees who want to have an impact, drive innovation or move into leadership roles.
  • Entrepreneurs who want to build organizations focused on innovation and disruption.
  • MBA alumni looking to build on their core business acumen with modern innovation approaches.
  • Technical personnel looking to understand how to build next-generation organizations.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the Fox School's admissions advisor for more information.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Students are accepted into the certificate program in both the Fall and Spring terms.

APPLY ONLINE to this certificate program.

Bachelor's Degree: A baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is required. Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree in a country where the language of instruction is English, must report scores for a standardized test of English.

Statement of Goals: In 250 words or less, describe your goals and motivations for pursuing this certificate program.

Resume: Current resume or CV is required.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 9

After completing 9 credits, students receive a transcripted certificate and have the option to stop there or to apply to transfer into the Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship MS.

Required Courses:

Core Courses
SGM 5135Innovation Intelligence: Plan, Build, Protect, and Monetize a Technology / Innovation Portfolio3
SGM 5138Global Innovation Strategy: Creating Agile, Innovative, Globally-Competitive Organizations3
Management of Technology and Innovation
Management of Growth, Decline and Turnaround
Industry Competitive Analysis
Management of Mergers and Acquisitions
Management Consulting: Principles and Practices
The Consulting Engagement: Managing Projects and Change
Principles of Strategy and Management 1
Lean Entrepreneurship / Innovation: Fast & Frugal Methods to Launch Startups & Test Innovative Ideas
Business Model Innovation
Creativity Unleashed: Harnessing Creativity to Solve Real-World Innovation Challenges
Open Innovation and Managing Strategic Alliances
Independent Study 2
Special Topics: General & Strategic Management 2
International Management
Total Credit Hours9

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute (IEI)

Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:

Director, Temple University Entrepreneurship Academy:

Alan B. Kerzner


Course Registration:

Rachel Carr

Senior Associate Director for Specialized Master's Programs