Technology Innovation

Admissions | Program Requirements | Graduate Courses

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Graduate Certificate in Technology Innovation

The graduate certificate in Technology Innovation is a distinctive program intended for working professionals and post-baccalaureate students who are interested in the development, evaluation and implementation of original ideas for existing businesses and new enterprises. The curriculum is designed to teach a specific set of skills necessary to effectively innovate new products and services. Students will learn how to: choose problems that are ripe for technological solutions, create numerous ideas for solving these problems, effectively evaluate these ideas so that only the most promising ones go forward, assemble a business plan, persuade influential people to support their proposals and successfully implement their solutions in new or existing businesses. The certificate is a joint program between the Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology (EIT) and the College of Business, allowing students to get a broad perspective on developing ground-breaking solutions to complex problems.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education. Candidates who have a background in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, information science, business or any other areas of technology or who have professional experience in using technology will be the most prepared to enter and successfully complete the certificate program. The GMAT or GRE exam is not required.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Technology Innovation requires 18 credit hours for completion.

Required Courses:

TINV 5301 Strategies for Innovation
TINV 5303 Applied Innovation Project
MGMT 5383 Issues in Entrepreneurship

In addition, students must select three graduate courses in their field of interest, as approved by the coordinator.

Graduation Requirements

Cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on an approved program of study as outlined above.

Courses in Technology Innovation

TINV 5301 Strategies for Innovation
Prerequisites: junior or senior standing (TINV 4301) or graduate standing (TINV 5301). This course examines strategies for developing innovative products. Topics include how to choose promising problems that are ripe for innovative solutions, how to generate multiple ideas for solving these problems, how to select the most promising solutions and how to sell your solution to potential partners, managers, and investors. This is a hands-on project-based course. Cannot be reported for credit under another course number.

TINV 5303 Applied Innovation Project
Prerequisites: TINV 4301 / 5301, MGMT 4361 / 5361 and MGMT 4383/5383. The purpose of this course is to give students experience in developing a prototype product in their chosen technological field. This course covers the design process for technological inventions and introduces students to commonly used design tools. It is open to students in any field of science and technology. This is primarily a laboratory class that requires a substantial time commitment. In addition to the activities listed above, students enrolled in TINV 5303 will need to prepare a Prototype User Evaluation Report that documents how potential users of the innovation evaluate the prototype.