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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

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Develop essential knowledge and skills to innovate and develop new ventures.

Through this graduate certificate, you’ll discover new ways of thinking, learn to drive innovative initiatives, and approach business challenges with a fresh perspective.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand principles and methods of idea generation and development, such as design thinking, systems thinking, and cultivating creativity.
  • Develop knowledge and skills to foster and manage an organization or group culture of innovation and entrepreneurship/intrapreneurship.
  • Gain an understanding of business frameworks and models and connect innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives to organization objectives and goals.
  • Gain fluency in how to communicate, finance, or market a new idea, product, or initiative.

Join a diverse group of peers to develop innovative and cutting-edge products and businesses.

  • 36

    Average Age

  • 83%

    Working Full Time

  • 29%

    Students Outside the U.S.

  • 1.5 years

    Average Time to Complete

Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Complete the four certificate courses for graduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Certificate Courses

The professional graduate certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship requires four courses:

  • Creativity and innovation course (choose one course from select group)
  • Business models and frameworks course (choose one course from select group)
  • Entrepreneurship: tools and skills course (choose one course from select group)
  • Application of knowledge and skills course (choose one course from select group)

Recommended Course Path: We recommend completing the required courses in the order presented above, when possible.

Ready to take the next step?

You can enroll in your first course in the:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

See the schedules in the academic calendar.

Search For Courses

To find courses that apply toward the certificate use DCE Course Search and Registration:

  • Scroll through the search filters to “Courses in a Graduate Certificate.”
  • Choose “Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate” to explore program courses.

I knew that a Harvard education would challenge my curiosity and stretch my mind in a way that opened me up to endless possibilities!


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2021–22 rate) $2,980 per 4-credit course ($745 per credit)
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $5,476 per course
Average Total Cost $11,920