Launch your next adventure

Being a successful entrepreneur takes more than initiative, determination, and a good idea. It takes know-how.  

Our graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation focuses on strategies and resources for launching new ventures including: 

  • Core concepts for new venture development. 
  • How to position new ventures and innovations. 
  • How to secure financing, investors, and customers. 
  • Marketing and growth strategy. 
  • How to address risk and market volatility. 
  • Legal requirements and recommendations for new ventures. 

Designed for adventurous go-getters who are ready to launch a new venture, this graduate certificate program will give you the tools and strategies you need to get your idea off the ground.  

Graduate certificates


  • 100 percent online core courses.
  • Only four courses required to complete the program.
  • Can be completed in eight to 12 months.
  • $2,549 per course – international or domestic.
  • No GMAT/GRE required.


Our graduate certificate in entrepreneurship and innovation provides the foundation to launch successful startups. The certificate includes two online core courses and two specialized track courses, which may be in-person or online.

You can choose electives from the following disciplines:

  • Entrepreneurship.
  • International entrepreneurship.
  • Innovation.
  • Leadership.
  • Family financial planning.
  • Social innovation.
  • Veterinary medicine (for veterinary medicine students).

Review the entrepreneurship and innovation certificate requirements. With approval of the director of graduate education (DOGE), all 12 entrepreneurship and innovation credits may be applied later to an Ivy master’s degree at Iowa State University.

For more information, contact program director, Brandon Mueller

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Apply to the program

Online application

Applicants are required to have a bachelor’s degree. Two years of work experience is preferred, but not required. Entrance to the program is on a rolling basis. Applications must be received by the application deadlines.

Application deadline

Admission materials should be submitted by:

Fall: June 15
Spring: November 15
Summer: March 15

To apply, submit your:

  • Resume.
  • College transcripts.
  • Statement of purpose.

For questions or more information about how to apply, contact an advisor at

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Graduate Student Services

Ivy College of Business
1420 Gerdin Business Building
2167 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011