Entrepreneurship and Innovation Certificate

Identify opportunities and create value with an Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate

Future-focused planning and the ability to foster innovation are key factors for long-term organizational growth across industries. To achieve these goals, businesses rely on creative, dedicated entrepreneurs and thought leaders. Earning a graduate certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation will help you develop the skills to spot opportunities and grow your own business.

The four-course Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate will prepare you to identify and evaluate business opportunities, develop a business model, form an entrepreneurial team, and secure financial resources. The certificate culminates with the development of a full business pitch.

The certificate program is designed for working professionals and recent graduates who desire to learn advanced techniques in entrepreneurship while balancing personal and professional priorities.


Format: Online • Start Term: August, January • Completion Time: 9 months


Admission requirements for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate

To be eligible for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a college or university accredited by an institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with an acceptable level of scholarship.  Learn More

International applicants must submit transcripts and academic records showing completion of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a foreign university. Mercer’s Office of Graduate Admissions evaluates international credentials in-house at no cost for applicants. Students must submit certified English translations of their academic records if the language of record on such documents is not English. Learn More


Your Mercer Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate program experience 

Mercer’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate offers the resources and experiential learning to help you succeed throughout your career.

Practical applications

Each of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate courses builds toward a full business pitch that you can take with you to turn your ideas into business opportunities. You will work with your peers to gain valuable experience as a leader and team member.

Personalize your Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate studies

Mercer is committed to ensuring you get the education you need to meet your career goals. Pursue the Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate as a stand-alone offering, or stack it with other graduate certificates offered by the School of Business through the Master of Science in Integrative Business. Add to your toolkit with a graduate certificate in:

  • Business and Data Analytics
  • Compliance, Regulation, and Analytics in Fintech
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Management
  • Healthcare Management and Analytics
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Women in Leadership

Build specialized skills to enhance your resume—and your career—when you personalize your learning experience at Mercer.

Explore Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate courses

The four Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate courses will provide you with a foundational understanding of lean startup tools, the value proposition canvas, the business model canvas, and customer discovery.

Whether you are a working professional looking to advance your career or are just beginning your business journey, the Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate will guide you through every stage of the process—from ideation to creation and beyond.

You will complete four courses:

  • ENT 610 Entrepreneurship, Intrapreneurship, and Innovation: Develop an understanding of the process of starting a business. Topics include the nature of the entrepreneur, team formation, business model generation, how to evaluate market opportunities, legal aspects of business creation, financing a business, and marketing.
  • ENT 620 Innovation Management: Master the tools and processes necessary for the development, cultivation, and growth of innovation within large organizations and within entrepreneurial ventures.
  • ENT 630 Social Entrepreneurship: Learn how to use social entrepreneurship as a tool to find solutions to social problems, create sustainable business models, and increase your social impact.
  • ENT 640 Economic Information for Business Development: Gain a broad understanding of the place of innovation in economic theory, with particular focus on economic thought, market activity, economic growth, and social and demographic fluctuations, both domestic and international.

View course descriptions for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate.

How earning an Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate will advance your career

Entrepreneurs and innovators are necessary in every industry—whether it’s healthcare, manufacturing, technology, or sales. With an Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate from Mercer, you will be prepared to become a leader and innovator.

Earning a graduate certificate will help you start your own business by walking you through every step. It will also build your skills to help you identify opportunities in existing businesses and organizations for growth and innovation.

As a student earning an Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate at Mercer, you will also have access to the Mercer Innovation Center, which connects aspiring entrepreneurs like you with businesses in the Georgia area.

2023-2024 Tuition Rates

Per credit hour: $851
Per 3 hours: $2,553
Per 6 hours: $5,106
Per 9 hours: $7,659
Per 12 hours: $10,212

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Learn from experienced faculty

When you earn your entrepreneurship and innovation graduate certificate at Mercer, you will work closely with faculty who have experience as researchers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and thought leaders. Each of our entrepreneurship certificate faculty brings professional experience to the classroom to prepare you for success.

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Power Your Big Ideas with Mercer

Ready to earn an Entrepreneurship and Innovation graduate certificate and start enhancing your professional journey? Take the next step toward making your big ideas a reality and apply to Mercer.