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Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Professional Studies: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership

The certificates in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership are designed for working professionals in both small and large organizations who have an interest in incorporating entrepreneurial thinking and innovative practices into their workplace or community. The programs will also be of great value to those with an interest in starting their own company or driving social change through innovation. Certificates can be completed in 1 year and are available to students with a variety of undergraduate or work backgrounds. Students can take a certificate by itself, or complete the certificate and later apply the course to the Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership master's degree program.

Entrepreneurship

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Entrepreneurship

This certificate has an emphasis on building an entrepreneurial mindset in sales and marketing. It is intended for someone starting a new company or social enterprise.

  1. Students will learn the tools necessary to apply entrepreneurial thinking in their work and life. Students will learn the creative solving problem process, which helps them to recognize opportunities for improving performance, choose correctly from a wide variety of resources for solving problems efficiently, anticipate problems in project planning, and promote the continuous involvement of others.
  2. Students will learn the basic fundamentals of sales, review the relationship of customer need identification, and discuss reasons that make people buy. Students will learn the basic six steps of selling and discuss the real world marketing challenges involved in launching an entrepreneurship venture or sustaining competitive advantage.
  3. Students will learn how to create a competitive analysis, prepare a customer analysis, determine target market and positioning, understand pricing management, and develop marketing objectives and goals.

Required Courses

Electives: choose two courses


Innovation

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Innovation

This certificate has an emphasis on diffusing innovation and design thinking. It is intended for someone who wants to drive change through innovation and incorporate innovative practices in their workplace.

  1. Students will learn to successfully harness, promote and diffuse innovation and an innovation mindset across all levels of an organization. Students will learn the models of innovation to prepare individuals in leadership positions for effective decision-making. 
  2. Students will learn to foster an innovative environment of communication and collaboration, including how to identify the Rules of Engagement in a collaborative environment, spot the barriers to collaboration, and see the difference between getting collaboration right and wrong.
  3. Students will learn how to find and frame problems in creative ways using techniques such as ethnographic observation, prototyping, storytelling, journey mapping, value chain analysis, and divergent/convergent idea generation. 

Required courses

Electives: choose two courses

 


Leadership

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Professional Studies: Leadership

This certificate has an emphasis on team-building, management, communication, and building an organizational culture of resilience.  It is intended for someone who wants to take a leadership role within his or her organization.

  1. Students will learn effective management and communication skills through case study-analysis, reading, class discussion and role-playing.
  2. Students will identify how participants can ultimately encourage and enhance a team’s synergy, causing it to become more than the sum of its parts, by showing commitment to both teammate and team goals and by jointly solving problems. It also provides a transformational learning opportunity for leveraging their leadership efficacy by cultivating self-awareness, successful communication skills, positive team interactions, and creating a growth mindset.
  3. Students will learn methods for creating an organizational culture of resilience, including the research-derived four pillars of the resilient organization.

Required courses

Electives: choose two courses



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