The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation provides students with a strong foundation in entrepreneurship and innovation. The certificate aims to satisfy the increasing societal demand for skill sets related to entrepreneurship and innovation. Entrepreneurship serves as the path through which innovations and improvements to the overall quality of life within society come to fruition. In doing so, entrepreneurship and innovation drive economic development.
Additionally, the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation allows students considering graduate study in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program and other graduate study in entrepreneurship to explore material prior to formally committing to a full graduate degree program. All certificate courses can then be transferred into the MBA program at UNC Charlotte. However, admission to the MBA program requires a separate application and satisfaction of MBA program admission requirements.
In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for graduate study in Entrepreneurship and Innovation:
A bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school)
An online application through the Graduate School’s application system
A statement of purpose
Unofficial transcripts of all college course work attempted
Official and satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not the applicant’s native language and the applicant has not earned a post-secondary degree from a U.S. institution
The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation requires completion of 12 credit hours (4 courses) of 6000-level courses in entrepreneurship and innovation. Transfer credit is not accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program.