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Graduate Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Learn how to launch your business and manage entrepreneurial initiatives at established companies with UMass Lowell's online Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Online Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UMass Lowell's online Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship will give you the knowledge you need to develop and launch a new business or product and implement corporate entrepreneurship to gain a competitive advantage in the changing global economy. Relevant for entrepreneurial or start-up environments as well as the creation of new business opportunities at established organizations, this affordable, high-quality program will help you develop fundamental business skills and a strong understanding of the new venture creation process.

Students who complete the Innovation and Entrepreneurship certificate are subsequently accepted into UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Entrepreneurship. Many courses from this certificate can also be applied toward the Online MBA.

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No GRE Required

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One of the Most Affordable Tuitions in the Nation

Career Outlook

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  • General and Operations Managers
  • Business Operations Specialists
  • Managers
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  • Financial and Investment Analysts
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  • Chief Executives
  • Fundraisers
  • Financial Risk Specialists
"Venture capital investment in start-ups has surged to its highest level ever — $148 billion last year alone."
— Forbes, "Entrepreneurs: Here's Good News for 2018." Published January 10, 2018.

Key Takeaways

Through this program, you will deepen your understanding of the following topics:

  • Business strategy
  • Financial forecasting
  • Value creation
  • Planning and evaluation models
  • Market research
  • Problem-solving techniques in interdisciplinary and multicultural environments
  • New product development
  • Approaches to financing innovation and new technology ventures within existing firms and on a stand-alone basis
  • Prototyping
  • Licensing
  • Corporate experimentation and risk taking
  • The development of comprehensive integrated marketing plans
AACSB Badge This program is offered through UMass Lowell's Manning School of Business, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) — an elite distinction earned by less than five percent of business schools worldwide.

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One Success Leads to Another

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Learn from a Leader in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

UMass Lowell has a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem that includes co-working space for start-ups with the Innovation Hubs in Lowell and Haverhill; M2D2 (the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center & Biotech Incubator); the Office of Technology Commercialization; the Fabric Discovery Center; and DifferenceMaker®, a campus-wide program that engages UMass Lowell students in creative problem solving, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Have Questions?

For more information on the Graduate Certificate Program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, please contact the Manning School of Business at 978-934-2745 or mba@uml.edu.

Curriculum Outline

- Required Courses: 2
- Electives: 2

Course Descriptions

ENTR.6100 Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation I (3cr)

The Course is offered as a 2-week intensive experiential learning of Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation. It is designed to help students to understand the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation in today's global economy and to cultivate an entrepreneurial mind-set among the students in the UMass Lowell Students will work in inter-disciplinary, multi-cultural environments exploring problem solving techniques, opportunities identification, business concept development and venture planning using standard business model framework and bringing ideas to reality.


Matriculated MBA students or MSF or MGFB Certificate or PSM or Doctor of Engineering majors or permission of MBA coordinator.



ENTR.6350 Financing Innovation and Technology Ventures (3cr)

This course focuses on strategies for financing innovation and new technology ventures both within a firm and on a stand-alone basis. Topics covered will include: different types of business organizations; different sources of funding including internal sources and external sources such as angel investors, venture capitalists, etc.; short-term and long-term financial planning and forecasting; business valuation; term sheet negotiation and exit strategies including mergers and acquisitions and IPOs. Each aspect of the course will be covered within the context of a business plan and venture life-cycle.

ENTR.6400 New Venture Creation (3cr)

This course is designed for students who are interested in entrepreneurship. The focus is on entrepreneurship as generic activity. It explores the opportunities and challenges face by individuals who seek to start a new ventures and the probable career development paths that are available. For those who may be interested in starting or running a new business, the course will provide an essential foundation for this process, identify the skills and resources required, and explore the opportunities available to the young entrepreneur.

ENTR.6450 New Product Development (3cr)

This course will enable students to understand the complexities involved in new innovation and technology-based product development. Through examples and exercises, students will be exposed to such topics as creative problem solving, customers/suppliers/partners involvements and inputs processes, integration among all functions, building and managing cross functional teams, rapid prototyping and development, creating a learning organization and measurements.


Matriculated MBA

ENTR.6500 Innovation and Emerging Technology (3cr)

This course examines technological innovation and its relationship to value-creation and business strategy. Emphasis is placed on emerging scientific and technical innovations and the opportunities and challenges they present to both existing businesses and new venture entrepreneurs. The overall goal of this course is to help you to understand, appreciate and learn to manage the technology innovation process. Students examine innovation strategies, planning models, evaluation models, licensing and the commercialization process required to launch new businesses around innovative products and technologies.

ENTR.6510 Technological Entrepreneurship (3cr)

This course is designed to help master's level students, often from fields outside of business, understand how technological and social innovations lead to new businesses and how those are created, funded, governed, and grown.

ENTR.6550 Corporate Entrepreneurship (3cr)

This course focuses on entrepreneurship in established companies. Corporate Entrepreneurship (CE) is a process by which companies adopt a conscious strategy to encourage creativity, innovation, outside-the-box thinking, experimentation and risk taking. As a result, companies promoting and implementing CE strive for competitive advantages in rapidly changing global markets. The course will cover components of CE, developing & implementing CE strategies and managing CE.


MBA Professionals, MSA, MS-ITE

MKTG.6010 Customers and Markets (3cr)

Prerequisite: Student must be matriculated and have finished foundation core. Pursues the development of comprehensive and integrated marketing plans using industry/competitor analysis, market value chains, and forecasting. An emphasis is given to business-to-business marketing situations which require an in-depth analysis of the firms' complex organizational behavior and evolving buyer-seller relationship.


If not currently matriculated in a Manning School of Business program, please contact the MBA staff at MBA@uml.edu or call 978-934-2848 for permission to take courses.



MKTG.6300 Market Research (3cr)

In this course students will learn and apply various marketing research techniques that will enable them to make soundly based decisions about new products or services in either an existing firm or new venture. Some of the topics covered include: assessing customer needs, estimating market demand, deciding the features of a proposed product/service and the price that would be most attractive in its target market. The course will provide students with an overview of key marketing concepts, and understanding of the statistical methodology behind market research techniques and practical application of these techniques through cases and projects.


MBA, FoundCore or MSITE or MSA

Tuition & Fees

Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.

Summer 2024 Tuition

Cost Per Credit Cost Per 3-Credit Course*


Online and Virtual $600 $1,800
Online Business1 $655 $1,965
All other On Campus courses2 View Here
*Tuition is priced on the listed credit hour unless the contact hour is different. Tuition is then based upon the listed contact hour.
1Applies to ACCT, BUSI, ENTR, FINA, MGMT, MKTG, MIST and POMS courses.
2Applies to graduate on campus courses excluding select courses

Additional Costs

Term Registration Fee $30
Returned Check Fee $30
Graduate Engineering and Business Degrees and Certificate Applications $75

Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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For Graduate Certificate Programs, Please Submit:

  • An application
  • An application fee*
  • An official transcript indicating a completed bachelor's degree. If your bachelor's degree is from outside the United States, you may be required to take the TOEFL examination.
  • No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for graduate certificate programs

F1 student visas are not issued for this program. Applications can be completed and submitted at any time during the year. Your application will be processed as soon as all admission materials have been received. You may apply to more than one certificate program but can only take 12 credits maximum before enrolling in an advanced degree. Learn more about specific application requirements for your program of interest.

*There is a $75 application fee to apply to this graduate program.

Count Your Graduate Certificate Toward a Master's Degree

Credits earned from a graduate certificate may be used toward a related graduate degree.

Graduate Program Admissions Requirements

Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.

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