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"As a fresh grad, I was worried my rookie status would overshadow my input. The innovation classes taught me how to evaluate my ideas and present them in an effective, professional manner. So I might still be relatively young, but when armed with the 5 effectuation principles and an innovation action plan, it's pretty difficult to overlook my suggestions!" - Laura Gladfelter, Brand Manager

“It is one of those college classes where you really feel like you learned something that you can use no matter what direction you take after you graduate.”
- Charles Wilk, Marketing/Business Management

“I would definitely recommend this for students looking to eventually pursue an MBA, or looking to start up a business.”
Janel Barsich, Management

“An employer was really interested in knowing more about the Certificate and we talked about it during the job interview at length. Needless to say, I got the internship.”   – Chris Kayondo, Accounting and Business

“I have already presented many new ideas to a company that has over 160 offices nationwide and is partnered with one of the largest companies in the world.”  – Trent Weisser, Political Science


  Certificate in Innovation    



Manchester University means innovation!Turbo charge your career!
Add a the Manchester Certificate in Innovation to your degree.

Be an innovator and gain an advantage in the job market. Add the Manchester Certificate in Innovation to any major by taking just two extra courses. Not only will your resume stand out, YOU will stand out – as an innovator, a problem solver, an employee who takes charge of tough situations.

Is this for business majors? YES! But it’s also for students in ANY major. Think of it as a bonus added onto your degree. By earning a Certificate in Innovation, you’ll learn how to meet challenges head on. You’ll gain the attention of your boss and fast track your career in any job you choose.

Earn the Manchester Certificate in Innovation by completing two courses, “Entrepreneurial Thinking” and “Entrepreneurship Skills.” These courses are designed to teach you how to think creatively and how to implement ideas – skills that will make you a change maker in your organization.

This class covers the foundations of innovation and creativity. Students will learn basic psychological theories of creativity, the group dynamics that foster innovation as well as theories of team building techniques that are essential for getting things accomplished. We will also study creativity in music and art as we connect the dots between creativity and everyday life.

Students will participate in a variety of interactive activities and discussions that examine how to implement an innovation or creative solution. In the final weeks of class, each student creates and presents their own "business action plans" that solve a real problem and detail how the solution will be implemented. Prerequisite: IDIV 200.

The Manchester Certificate in Innovation gives you the edge to succeed. Get it only at Manchester University.


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