What does it cost?

Georgia residents: $4,058 per semester
Non-Georgia residents: $8,912 per semester
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Please note: the above tuition rates apply to new non-degree-seeking students. Current master's students who embed a certificate within their degree will be charged at a different rate. See the Tuition tab below to learn more.

How long will it take?

Two semesters. Two courses per semester.

All required classes to earn the graduate certificate can be completed online.

Where can I take classes?
Atlanta Campus, Online

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

The Robinson College of Business reviews applications on a rolling basis. The deadlines below are intended to serve as benchmarks. Due to our rolling admissions process, we encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Applicants can expect to receive a decision within six weeks of the Office of Graduate Admissions receiving all required materials.

Students can enter the program in the fall or spring.

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Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Graduate Certificate

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Hatching an idea is one thing. Executing it is a whole different ball game. Many great ideas fail because the people behind them lack the skills to bring them to fruition. Robinson’s Certificate in Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship fills that knowledge gap.

Over the course of the program, students not only explore tools that stimulate creative thinking but also design compelling value propositions, develop viable and profitable business models, and learn to pitch to investors.

Leverage the Known and Unknown in Our Innovation Studio

What truly sets the certificate apart is our Innovation Studio, which provides an experiential environment for networking and collaboration. As part of an interdisciplinary team, you will test prototypes, design compelling and competitive value propositions, and pitch to prospective customers and investors. You also will develop critical soft skills like emotional intelligence, communication, and social influence/trust. Via a collision of perspectives and concepts, you will become comfortable with ambiguity and experimentation, and build the courage to explore and leverage the known—and unknown—technologies that are profoundly impacting our world.

Available Through Robinson Anywhere

Robinson Anywhere is an advanced education platform that is as close to in-person interaction as it gets. In fact, we think it’s even better. You’ll engage in real-time dialogue with instructors, guest speakers, and partner employers, and hear the perspectives of students from all over the world.

Apply Your Certificate Toward a Future MBA
You can take your certificate even further, if you decide. Credits from your courses can be applied toward our Flexible MBA program, upon admission. You can dip your toe in now, and dive all in later—whatever makes sense, considering your unique situation and goals.
Embed Your Certificate into Your MBA
If you currently are pursuing a Flexible MBA at Robinson, you can embed this certificate into your coursework. By taking just four classes, you will give yourself a powerful edge and stand even further apart from other talent.

Program Details

Application Requirements

Learn more about the application process and what you will need to apply.

The program can be completed in 12 months (2 semesters).

Two-Semester Program of Study

Required Courses

  • ENI 8013 – Entrepreneurship, Venture Development, and Management
    This applied course focuses on the essential skills, strategies, and processes necessary for launching, leading, growing, commercializing, scaling, and harvesting innovative ventures. The class also addresses the fundamentals of corporate venturing. Students cover topics including market opportunity identification and evaluation, concept cultivation, product/service development, process improvement, business model design, venture team leadership, and venture financing.
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  • ENI 8010 – Innovation Studio 1: Innovation and Design Thinking
    Design thinking is taught as a systematic approach to innovation and creative problem-solving that can be used in many industries. In this course, students are introduced to resourceful problem discovery through methods of noticing, observing, and analyzing data. Using a combination of the lean startup methodology and design thinking, students conduct experiments as well as interviews, and test prototypes to verify the viability of proposed solutions. Further, ideation models are applied to conceptualize new-to-the-world technologies, business models, products, and services as potential business ventures. Students will become comfortable with ambiguity, experimentation, and online collaboration.
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  • ENI 8012 – Innovation, Creativity, and Imagination
    This course provides an introduction to blockchain technology and its disruptive role in sectors such as banking, payments, securities exchanges, real estate, insurance, supply chains, healthcare, and media. Topics include fundamentals of blockchain technology, applications and use cases of blockchain in different industries, implications of blockchain on business practices and regulation, cryptocurrencies, initial coin offerings, blockchain platforms (Ethereum, Quorum, Corda), smart contracts, and web-based decentralized applications.
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Elective Courses (Select One)

  • ENI 8400 – InsureTech: New Technologies in Insurance Markets
    This course focuses on three themes: (1) self-awareness and self-efficacy, (2) critical analysis of the economic and social effects of women in the workforce, and (3) an exploration of how self-awareness, interpersonal influence, commitment, goal setting, and power are necessary for effective entrepreneurship. After completing this course, students should be able to: (1) analyze data, trends, causes, and opportunities for women in various roles and ranks in business, (2) develop knowledge of current literature on women in leadership and apply that knowledge to communicate and act more effectively, (3) develop practical skills, tools, and solutions for effective leadership, (4) gain self-understanding through assessment tests (i.e., Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument), and (5) develop a personal leadership strategy for the future.
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  • ENI 8102 – Innovating Customer Value
    To prosper in today’s intensely competitive business environment, established organizations must innovate new offerings/business models that not only maximize profitable revenue but also create beneficial social outcomes. This course focuses on the value innovation side of Demand Creation by discovering and exploiting the best opportunities to fulfill important and unsatisfied customer needs in a way that maximizes an organization’s growth potential.
  • ENI 8101 – Improving the Customer Experience
    In this course, students explore the application of the Demand Creation methodology for improving and extending a business’ current offerings. Students learn to identify and exploit the best opportunities for increasing product or service demand by raising customer value while simultaneously reducing costs.
  • ENI 8000 – Organizational Entrepreneurship
    This course explores contemporary tools for systematic and sustainable entrepreneurship within established companies, nonprofits, and public sector organizations. Within every organization flows a continual stream of opportunities to create customer demand. However, the complexity and speed of business obscures those opportunities—and threats. Students learn a rigorous and disciplined methodology for discovering and prioritizing opportunities for demand creation and pinpointing threats that can result in demand destruction.
  • ENI 8011 – Innovation Studio 2: Launch and Scale
    This experiential course is treated as a mini-accelerator. The class teaches “the entrepreneurial mindset” as well as how to apply that to launch and scale a business, develop solutions to business challenges, or create new products and services that result in growth opportunities for an organization. Students explore a rigorous and disciplined approach to validating product market fit, building teams, developing viable business models, and crafting messaging and pitches that resonate with the audience. Students apply these learnings on a remote team project. The challenge? Launching and scaling a business or solution, ideally generating revenue before the end of the semester. Every few weeks, students convene in the classroom to receive feedback and coaching on their approaches, results, and future experiments.
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Georgia residents: $4,058 per semester
Non-Georgia residents: $8,912 per semester
Nonrefundable seat deposit: $250

Tuition is subject to change.

Please note: the above tuition rates apply to new non-degree-seeking students. Students who are enrolled in a cohort master’s program will be charged at their current cohort tuition rate. Students who are enrolled in the Flexible MBA program will be charged at their current flexible tuition rate.

Financial Aid

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The mission of the Graduate Certificate in Disruptive Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to equip students with the tools to stimulate creative thinking, design compelling value propositions, develop viable and profitable business models, and learn to pitch to investors.

Meet Your Faculty

Berkley Baker

Limited Term Assistant Professor

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Professor; Co-Author, Riding Shotgun: The Role of the COO and Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Go

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Assistant Dean for Executive Programs

Principal, Whetstone Strategies

Isabelle MonLouis

Associate Director, H.J. Russell Center for Entrepreneurship

Director, Media Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs

Program Stories

ENI Award DesphandeEntrepreneurship & Innovation Institute Wins Student Engagement Award at Deshpande Symposium
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) of Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business has received the Excellence in Student Engagement in Entrepreneurship Award at the 10th annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Higher Education.read more ❯
Georgia State University’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute Wins Two Awards for Supporting Underrepresented Entrepreneurs
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute (ENI) of Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business has won two awards for supporting entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds at the 35th annual International Conference on Business Incubation (ICBI35) of the International Business Innovation Association (InBIA).read more ❯

Contacts

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Lindsay Fortner, program recruiter
lfortner@gsu.edu
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35 Broad St NW
Atlanta, GA 30303