Develop bold insights that lead change

Why wait for a breakthrough when you can make it yourself?

At Tippie, innovation and entrepreneurship is part of our DNA. Since business leader and venture capitalist John Pappajohn founded the John Pappajohn Entreprenerial Center (Iowa JPEC) in 1996, our reputation for innovation has only continued to grow. You can learn from this legacy with an Innovation Certificate that blends the experience of Tippie's Management & Entrepreneurship Department with Iowa JPEC's signature start-up spirit.

The Innovation Certificate comprises four total courses—three required plus one elective. You'll gain skills to generate bold new solutions to business problems, push innovation forward at your company, and develop your own ventures.

At a glance


All courses are offered online. 


Complete four courses (three required courses + one elective)


Primarily 8- and 11-week courses, meeting one night a week, no Fridays or weekends.

Time to complete

As little as 1 year


$9,000 (Four courses at $2,250 each) 


No entrance exam required. 

Certificate courses

The Innovation Certificate requires:

All of these

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation—ENTR:9100
  • Strategic Management of Technology & Innovation—ENTR:9450
  • Entrepreneurial Finance—ENTR:9200

One of these

  • Design Thinking—ENTR:9300
  • Managing the Growth Business—ENTR:9500/Strategic Business Growth—MBA:8320
  • Maximizing Team Performance—MGMT:9220

Note: If Entrepreneurship and Innovation—ENTR:9100 is waived, replace with one of the other certificate elective choices.

Take the next step

You can start the Innovation Certificate in any semester. No business prerequisites are needed, and there's no entrance exam. See application deadlines and minimum requirements on the Admission page.

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