Program at a Glance
- On Campus
- Part-Time Study
- 16 Credits
- 9 Months to Completion
- 7 Core Faculty
- No GRE/GMAT
Learn the Concepts of Innovation-Driven Markets and Entrepreneurism
The on-campus Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) focuses on providing you with the key managerial competencies required to facilitate the development of commercialized innovations, which often demands the engagement of a diverse set of actors working to resolve critical technical problems and uncertainties. Our hands-on approach enables you to develop entrepreneurial skills in identifying mission-oriented business challenges.
History has shown that crisis inspires innovation. As the world fights COVID-19, innovation has been critical to keeping many people’s lives and workplaces functioning safely. The economic impact of the pandemic is bringing swift and intense disruptions to supply chains, demand patterns, and distribution channels, creating significant challenges but also offering new opportunities for innovation and entrepreneurship, which at their essence, attempt to identify an unmet need and move as fast as possible to get a meaningful product to market.
By providing an understanding of the ways innovation can address long-term problems—and entrepreneurism can bring solutions to fruition—the Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate at BU MET will help you develop the necessary skills to innovate and accelerate collaboration in a productive manner. Through the process of innovation, you will be able to bring together the knowledge and expertise necessary to develop new products and solutions to a pre-commercial stage relevant to rapidly changing technological, economic, and cultural environments—ranging from start-ups to large multinational companies, and from high-tech and biotech companies to more traditional environments such as retail, healthcare, and financial services. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate program will also help you explore concepts related to the commercialization of technology, the changing basis of competitive advantage over time, and the modern approaches to adding value to products and services—including user interfaces, user experience, and consumer branding. You will develop the ability to apply research-based concepts related to innovation and to manage the commercial development and improvement of products and services.
Why Earn a Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at BU?
- Active Learning Environment: BU MET’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate provides practical, hands-on education that you can apply on the job.
- Engaged Faculty: In BU MET’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship program, you benefit from working closely with highly qualified faculty who draw from active research and substantial professional achievements in areas such as innovation, intellectual property, patent filing, start-ups and early-stage companies, venture capital, market research, business analytics, finance, project management, enterprise risk management, ecommerce, international business, tourism management, economic development, and many others.
- Extensive Network: Study principles of innovation in global business alongside peers with solid business experience, learn from faculty who have valuable business contacts across the globe, and benefit from an alumni community with strong professional connections.
- Complementary Analytics Labs: Two levels of self-paced analytics laboratories offer access to advanced tools and provide opportunities to hone analytics skills using cases that are populated with realistic data.
- Student Support: Enjoy an exceptional student-to-instructor ratio, ensuring close interaction with faculty mentors and access to support.
- Valuable Resources: Make use of Boston University’s extensive resources, including the Center for Career Development, Educational Resource Center, Fitness & Recreation Center, IT Help Centers, Mugar Memorial Library, Center for Antiracist Research, Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, George Sherman Union, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, and many others.
- Flexible Options: Study at the pace that works for you, evenings on campus with courses that begin fall, spring, and summer.
Build a Foundation in Innovation & Entrepreneurship
The Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship and the MS in Administrative Studies are available through the Department of Administrative Sciences, which offers a variety of evening and online degrees and certificates to help you remain competitive in business and management and rise to the top of your field. Focusing on providing industry-specific programs that are innovative, scholarly, challenging, interdisciplinary, and practically focused, our mission is to produce critical and innovative thinkers—broad in perspective, international in attitude, skilled in communications—who are competent, capable, and comfortable in their ability to make strategic decisions either alone or in teams, and practiced in using the tools necessary to compete in their specialization. We prepare students to succeed in a global environment, within a professional and ethical framework.
Graduate with Expertise
Metropolitan College’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship graduate certificate will equip you to:
- Understand the interconnection between entrepreneurial thinking and innovation by analyzing Silicon Valley and RT128 Corridor innovation-style start-ups and innovation at large corporations; the varieties of innovation and the commercialization of technology; the changing basis of competitive advantage over time; and modern approaches to adding value to products and services, including user interfaces, user experience, and consumer branding.
- Develop design thinking and open innovation skills.
- Create innovative business models, product-to-market fit strategies, and fundraising resources.
- Develop the practice of purposeful innovation through systematic entrepreneurship, enabling you to think as an entrepreneur, and develop models, tools and strategies to further a business or idea.
- Develop the practice of entrepreneurial management and the development of new ventures.
- Apply innovative entrepreneurial strategies based on best practices and research concepts to manage the commercial development and improvement of products and services.
- Understand and apply critical and innovative thinking from a global perspective, combined with enhanced communication skills and the technical tools necessary for business decision-making.
BU MET graduate certificate programs can serve as building blocks to a master’s degree. The Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship shares specific courses with the MS in Administrative Studies concentration in Innovation & Technology. To be eligible for the degree, you must apply for admission and be accepted into the degree program. Consult with a graduate admissions advisor to learn more about these options.
Graduate Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship Curriculum
(Four courses/16 credits)
MET AD 737 Innovative Marketing Techniques
This course will provide you with the theoretical understanding of the Internet marketplace necessary to adapt to its many changes, while also equipping you with the skills you'll need to perform vital daily functions. The course includes discussions of both B2B and B2C and looks at marketing and communications from an integrated, business-wide perspective. The goal is to appreciate principles and practice of online marketing. Topics include integrated innovative marketing strategy, search engine marketing, email marketing, and social media. 4cr. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2021
|SA1||IND||Nocivelli||CAS B20||TR||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Lee||SCI 115||M||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
|A2||IND||Lee||MET 122||W||9:05 am – 11:50 am|
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality. [ 4 cr. ]Sum1 2021
|SA1||IND||Park||FLR 152||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|SB1||IND||Santino||LSE B01||MW||6:00 pm – 9:30 pm|
|A1||IND||Park||MET 101||T||9:00 am – 11:45 am|
|A2||IND||Park||PSY B51||R||6:00 pm – 8:45 pm|
Plus two electives selected from Administrative Sciences courses with advisor’s approval.
Administrative Studies Faculty
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Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Jay A. Halfond
Professor of the Practice Emeritus, Continuing and Distance Education
Benjamin P. Harris
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Ivan F. Julio
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences
Associate Professor, Computer Science and Administrative Sciences Director, Project Management
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Global Marketing Management
Stephen A. Leybourne
Assistant Professor and Director for Student Admission, Administrative Sciences
Associate Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Enterprise Risk Management
Master Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Senior Lecturer, Administrative Sciences Coordinator of Programs at Hanscom AFB
Assistant Professor, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Innovation
Lecturer, Administrative Sciences
Visiting Professor of the Practice, Administrative Sciences
John D. Sullivan
Associate Professor and Chair, Administrative Sciences
Professor of Finance and Director, Finance Programs
Associate Professor of the Practice and Director of Digital Learning, Administrative Sciences Coordinator, Applied Business Analytics