The certificate allows post-graduate students from any discipline to learn about entrepreneurship, innovation, and the new venture creation process. The interdisciplinary certificate program provides students an opportunity to gain business skills they can use in starting a business without a large time commitment. It is flexible so that students can design a program that provides core entrepreneurship education through Management 566 as well as discipline-specific training from entrepreneurship courses in other colleges.
Students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation must meet minimum university criteria for admission to graduate programs. The Graduate College general requirements and application can be found at http://www.grad-college.iastate.edu/academics/programs/acresults.php?id=15. Current graduate students at ISU need to complete and submit a Request to Pursue a Certificate in Addition to a Graduate Degree, resume and goals/interests statement.
Successful applicants must be a graduate of an accredited institution and normally must rank in the upper quartile (3.0 GPA) of their class to gain admission. Applicants may come from any undergraduate discipline. A record of business ownership or an entrepreneurial venture may be considered as a substitute for prior academic performance.