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Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

School of Business

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus, Online Learning

Program Overview

Entrepreneurship as an academic field has broadened its focus from starting a new venture to exploring how one acts more entrepreneurial, takes risks and creatively introduces new innovations and combinations in organizations both large and small. The foundation of the graduate certificate is the core introductory course (MGT 6280 – Entrepreneurship) that introduces students to the concentration and the importance and benefits of entrepreneurship. The goal of the certificate is to bring together students from different academic foci to collaborate within classes in the program to learn from each other, discuss new ideas, and hopefully create innovations and businesses. Through the program, students will establish a community that will encourage innovation and creativity throughout the curriculum.

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – July 17
Spring – December 5

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations required.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application.

International applicants only: 

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents and English language requirements. Please note: international students who require a student visa from GW are not eligible to apply for admission to this program. 

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or

  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or

  • Academic PTE: 68


Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
School of Business
The George Washington University
2201 G Street NW
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
business@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.1212
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday