Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
|WHAT||a 12 credit certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship|
|WHO||currently registered and degree-seeking Ann Arbor campus Masters, Ph.D. and professional students from all schools and colleges. You do NOT need to have prior business or entrepreneurial experience.|
|WHY||to complement your degree with leadership, business, and innovation skills and stand out to employers|
|WHEN||students are eligible to apply for this certificate at any time during their degree, but it’s best to apply before taking too many ENTR courses|
The certificate program is open to currently-enrolled, degree-seeking students in a Master’s, PhD or professional degree program at the Ann Arbor campus.
You should meet with a CFE advisor and apply to the program as early in your academic career as possible so we can create a course schedule that works for you. It is strongly preferred (i.e. almost required) that you apply for and are admitted to the certificate BEFORE you register for courses under the certificate.
Students must register for 6 of the certificate’s 12 credits through Graduate Engineering. Depending on the difference in tuition between your primary school/college and the Graduate Engineering tuition rate, as well as your residency status, there may be an additional cost to pursue this certificate. You can review the different tuition rates via the registrar’s website here: https://ro.umich.edu/tuition-residency/tuition-fees
A minimum of 12 credits are required to complete this certificate. It is possible to double-count some credits between the certificate and your primary degree program.
- Students must take ENTR 500 to complete the certificate.
- Students must take courses from the “Approved Courses” table below.
- Students may submit a petition to count courses that aren’t listed.
Please see the FAQ at the bottom of this page.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out!
The Application Process
1. Meet with a CFE Advisor
Schedule a meeting to discuss the cost, credits, courses, and your proposed plan of study.
2. Complete a PROPOSED Plan of Study
We can help you complete this when you meet with a CFE advisor, or you can complete this on your own.
3. Apply to the program
We’ll then review your application and keep you updated via email.
All Closed by Default
- You can double-count credits between this certificate and your degree. However:
- If you’re a Master’s student: Not more than one-sixth (1/6) of the credits required for any given master’s may be double-counted between this certificate and your master’s. For example: if your master’s program is 30 credits, you can double-count 5 credits.
- Double-counted credits cannot exceed 6 credits.
- Double-counting is not permitted if you’re pursuing a dual master’s degree—in that situation, all credits for the certificate must stand alone.
- Double-counting is not permitted between two certificate programs.
- No undergraduate courses may be double-counted toward the certificate credit hour requirement.
- Students must take courses from the Approved Courses table below.
- However, students are strongly encouraged to submit a petition to count courses as Electives that aren’t listed under the Electives section.
- Students must take ENTR 500 to complete the certificate. ENTR 500 can be taken at any time, but it’s strongly encouraged that students take ENTR 500 before any other course.
- Any Core course may be used to fulfill an Elective course requirement.
- At least 6 credits of courses must reside under the certificate program on your transcript.
- All courses must be letter graded. The only exception is Entrepreneurship Hour, which is only offered Satisfactory / Unsatisfactory for graduate students.
- Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (“B”) for the courses taken to complete the certificate.
- Usually, only courses taken during or after the Winter 2017 semester will be counted toward the certificate, but exceptions are made.
- It is strongly recommended that students be admitted into the program before taking or counting courses toward the certificate.
- Students admitted during a Winter semester to start the program in the following Fall semester will be able to register for courses under the program before or during June.
- Students admitted during a Fall semester to start the program in the following Winter semester will be able to register for courses under the program before or during December.
- Students must complete the certificate within four years.