Innovation Management & Entrepreneurship at UC

Graduate Certificate - Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship - Accelerated - University of California, Irvine

Program Description

In today’s modern competitive landscape, it’s either “get ahead of the curve” or “get left behind.” Now more than ever, innovation and big ideas are essential ingredients to a business’s ability to flourish.  And, as any innovator knows, it’s not enough to simply have the idea – you have to know how to implement it. Using proven methods of innovation and design thinking as a framework, students in this unique program will learn new ways to generate ideas, gain deeper insights into their clients, manage creative teams, and drive growth in companies large and small.

Program Highlights

Program level:Postgraduate Certificate / Master's Degree

Length: 3 month accelerated graduate certificate including a 10 week optional internship

Application fee: $200.00 USD

Tuition: $7,900.00 USD/year

Cost of Living: $14,506.50 USD/year

Course Start Date: March 2022 / March 2023

Application Deadline: 1 Feb 2022 / 1 Feb 2023


  • Utilize creative thinking methodologies to generate new ideas, recognize innovative business opportunities, and solve complex problems
  • Examine the business models used by great business leaders in a variety of industries and learn to apply the underlying strategies to today’s economic landscape
  • Develop a written marketing plan suitable for bringing an innovative product or service to market
  • Create and present a business plan for an innovative product or service
  • Demonstrate functional business skills in collaboration with entrepreneurs from the business community
  • Gain a competitive edge in the global job market with an internship in a U.S. company

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: 4-Year Bachelor's Degree
  • Min GPA: 77.0%
  • English Proficiency Requirements: For direct admission, applicant must be from an English speaking country or meet either of the following English test scores:
    • Min TOEFL iBT: 71
    • Min IELTS overall: 6
    • Min Duolingo English Test Score: 95
    • Min PTE overall: 50
    This program does NOT offer conditional admission

Other fees:

  • Internship Fee: $2,900 per year
  • Books and Supplies Fee: $400 per year
  • Student Services Fee: $250 per year
  • Health Insurance Fee: $585 per year

* Note: Additional fees may apply
** All fees are subject to change without notice