We believe an entrepreneurial mindset is the key to a successful career.  Our 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship helps you gain the skills, perspectives, and insights to innovate, inspire, and lead. Think of it as a complement to your degree that will help you stand out to potential employers and recruiters.

The certificate program is available to students who are currently enrolled and actively pursuing a master’s, PhD, or professional degree program at the Ann Arbor campus.

program snapshot


We highly recommend meeting with a CFE advisor and applying early in your academic career. This ensures we can recommend a course schedule that fits your needs. Please apply below and be admitted to the certificate program before registering for any courses. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.


To complete this certificate, you must earn at least 12 approved credits.

You may double-count (see FAQ for more info) some credits between the certificate and your primary degree program, which is a great way to optimize your coursework and streamline your academic progress.


Effective July 2019, students can register for all certificate coursework under their primary academic career (e.g.: Rackham). This means that if you’re enrolled full-time, you won’t have to pay any extra tuition to pursue the certificate. It’s a cost-effective and convenient way to expand your academic pursuits.


ENTR 500 is the mandatory course for completing the certificate. It’s highly recommended that students take this course before any other certificate courses.

Courses listed in the Approved Courses table below are only acceptable for credit towards the certificate.A petition may be submitted to include courses not listed.


Schedule an appointment to discuss courses and your proposed plan of study.


Our CFE advisors can help you create your plan, or you have the option of completing this on your own.


Once you meet with an advisor and your plan of study is prepared, you’re ready to apply. After receiving your application, we will review it and keep you informed about its status through email.



  • Only courses taken during or after the Winter 2017 semester will be counted toward the certificate.
  • Students must complete the certificate within four years.

Double counting

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 up to 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 on this page.
  • Students must take ENTR 500 to complete the certificate. ENTR 500 can be taken at any time, but it is strongly encouraged that students take ENTR 500 before any other course.
  • Students may submit a petition to count courses as electives that are not listed under the electives section.
  • 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 (ENTR 407), 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.

your resume

Feel free to list the certificate on your resume in any way that highlights it to potential employers and recruiters.