Entrepreneurship and Innovation (Graduate Certificate)

Admission requirements

Students must first complete an introductory course which provides an overview of the integrative framework, processes and tools which must be mastered, as well as opportunities to explore resources available to them in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. After successful completion of this course and obtaining an approved plan of work from the program advisor, students then complete a set of electives matched to their talents and interests. This presents the student with some flexibility and several options as they develop a deeper understanding and explore opportunities for additional applications of the framework and tools. In the third and final semester students will be engaged in a project-intensive learning experience in the Detroit entrepreneurial ecosystem. This capstone course is designed to help the student deepen their understanding of and appreciation for what it takes to translate ideas into reality. The capstone experience also provides students an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their passion and ability to launch and support startups of both a technical and non-technical nature.

The graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation is open only to those students who can meet the graduate admission requirements of Wayne State University. Further, those admitted to this certificate program are: 1) currently enrolled WSU graduate students who have completed at least 6 graduate credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above; or 2) students who possess a graduate degree from an accredited college or university. Students must also successfully complete an introductory course and gain approval for their elective selection and plan of work. Students can develop a full plan of work with the program advisor before registering for the introductory course, and are strongly encouraged to do so.

Program standards

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 will be required for completion of the certificate, with no grades less than a B in each of the core courses.
  • The program courses must be completed in the required, sequence. Extenuating circumstances will be considered in exceptional cases.
  • Although students are encouraged to complete the certificate in three consecutive semesters, it must be completed within three years of admission. Students may enroll on a full- or part-time basis.
  • The certificate will be awarded upon completion of the related graduate program. Or, if the student already has been awarded the graduate degree, the certificate will be awarded upon completion of the certificate program.
  • Up to 9 of the credit hours of coursework taken toward this graduate certificate may also be used to satisfy graduate degree requirements, assuming no credits have been applied from a second certificate and also subject to the approval of the relevant academic unit and graduate office.
  • The credits earned while completing this certificate program cannot be applied toward another Wayne State University certificate program.
  • Credits applied to a graduate certificate cannot be applied toward a subsequent Wayne State University graduate degree.
  • No transfer credit will be accepted.

Curriculum requirements

The student must complete 15 credits, with six credits from the core, and nine elective credits selected from an approved list. Electives which will count toward the completion of the certificate program are open to students who have satisfactorily completed the introductory course and who have been admitted to the program. Students must complete 12 approved credits before enrolling in the capstone course.

Required core courses (6 credits)

  • EI 7000: Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3 credits)
  • EI 7900: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Capstone (3 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

Three elective courses are also required. A subset of the list of elective courses (free-elective courses) will carry no pre-requisite beyond EI 7000, thereby broadening accessibility to non-business students. The list of approved elective courses will also include restricted-electives, courses which may require completion of discipline-specific course prerequisites. Restricted-elective courses must meet the following criteria: (1) the course learning objectives, content and activities must be explicitly and substantially correlated with the GCEI program learning goals; (2) the course incorporates one or more of the foundation framework elements and/or skill and tool kit components; (3) the student has satisfied pre-requisites for these courses; (4) the student completes these courses after having been admitted to the certificate program; and (5) the credits earned in these courses must also satisfy the degree requirements of the student's graduate degree program.

Free-elective courses (3 credits each)

  • EI 7200: Startup Financing and Profitability
  • EI 7400: Management and Leadership Issues in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • EI 7600: Marketing New Ventures
  • EI 7800: Special Topics in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • EI 7850: Directed Study in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • FPC 5025: Entrepreneurship in the Arts
  • FPC 5660: Creativity

Restricted-elective courses (3 credits each unless otherwise noted; prerequisites may apply)

  • BMS 7100 / IBS 7110: Introduction to the Business of Biotechnology
  • EGR 5655: Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship I
  • EGR 5656: Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship II
  • EGR 5657: Commercialization Lab (1 credit; may be taken multiple times)
  • FIN 7280: Entrepreneurship Finance and Venture Capital
  • IE 6405: Integrated Product Development
  • IE 6425: Product Lifecycle Management and Sustainable Design
  • IE 6840: Project Management
  • IE 6850: Manufacturing Strategies
  • IE 7280: Systems Design
  • IE 7300: Topics in Systems Thinking and Technology-Based Strategies for Problem Solving
  • IE 7325: Supply Chain Management
  • IE 7830: Management of Technology Change
  • IE 7870: Quality Leadership and Process Improvements
  • IE 7998 / SYE 7998: Engineering Management and Leadership
  • IE 7999: Engineering Management Leadership Project
  • ISM 7505: Information Analytics: Inbound Information Technology
  • ME 5470 / SYE 5470: Creative Problem-Solving in Engineering
  • MGT 7700: Leadership and Management of Innovation and Technology
  • MKT 7950: Business and Sustainability
  • SW 6991: Social Entrepreneurship