Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Create, deliver and capture value from new ideas.

Whether launching a new venture, driving growth for an existing company or working to stay ahead of the competition, all leaders and organizations face an innovation imperative – outpace the rate of change in the marketplace or fall behind and risk becoming irrelevant.

The graduate certificate program in entrepreneurship and innovation at UD’s Lerner College focuses on helping working professionals to develop the mindsets, skillsets and means needed to successfully bring new, value creating ideas to the marketplace and develop their capacity to be better at getting better. Students take the same Horn Entrepreneurship courses offered in the Lerner MBA to gain first-hand experience in creative problem solving, utilizing evidence-based entrepreneurship and innovation processes and influencing others toward a shared vision. The program’s learning outcomes focus on preparing working professionals to adapt, thrive and lead in any organizational context amidst rapid change.

Program Highlights

  • Utilize creative problem solving skills to conceive and pitch an idea for an innovative new product, startup business or social enterprise as a class project
  • Access Horn Entrepreneurship’s dedicated facilities, new venture development programs, support networks and other valuable resources
  • Take MBA-level coursework and earn credits toward the Lerner MBA
  • Complete the program in as little as one year
  • Build a professional network in a collaborative academic environment

Program Requirements

Maintain a 3.0 GPA to be awarded the certificate.

Courses (12 credits)
Required (3 credits)
ENTR 654 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Immersive experience; choose one (3 credits)
ENTR 655 – Startup Experience I
ENTR 664 – Social Innovation Practicum
ENTR 650 – Business Accelerator for Entrepreneurial Ventures
Electives; choose two (6 credits)
Any 600-level or higher ENTR course including, but not limited to, the following:
ENTR 601 – Modeling, Prototyping & Testing
ENTR 602 – Industrial Design
ENTR 610 – Acceptance and Resistance to Innovation
ENTR 616 – Applied Creativity
ENTR 617 – Design Thinking and Innovation
ENTR 620 – Social Entrepreneurship
ENTR 651 – Special Topics in Entrepreneurship
ENTR 653 – Entrepreneurial Leadership
ENTR 656 – Startup Experience II
ENTR 657 – Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 658 – App Development for New Technology
ENTR 659 – Startup Finance & Raising Capital for Entrepreneurs
ENTR 660 – High Technology Entrepreneurship
ENTR 661 – Corporate Venturing
ENTR 665 – User-Centered Research Methods for Entrepreneurship

Continue to the Lerner MBA

Completion of the certificate may earn up to 12 credits toward the Lerner MBA. To pursue the full Lerner MBA, apply for admission to the MBA program upon completion of the certificate program.

Learn More

To learn more about this program, contact us at or (302) 831-2221.

Admissions Information

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