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  • Yolanda Mills photo with linked text: Meet Yolanda Mills Professional MBA candidate and one of the first to complete the new certificate.

    Meet Yolanda Mills

    Professional MBA candidate and one of the first to complete the new certificate.

Strategic Innovation Graduate Certificate

Why Study Strategic Innovation

Over the last two decades, entire industries have been restructured to accommodate rapid technological change and the continued innovation and growth needed to remain competitive.

The Strategic Innovation Certificate is designed to address this demand by preparing students to successfully navigate an increasingly complex technological environment and develop the skills needed to strategically manage science, technology and innovation in the workforce.

Designed for working professionals and graduate students from all disciplines, the certificate includes three core management courses with a customizable elective choice to match individual goals and priorities.

Students can build strategic innovation skills in areas such as analytics, enterprise resource planning systems, design thinking, cybersecurity, human capital, health care or stakeholder networks, among others.

Academic Requirements

All candidates pursuing this certificate are required to complete four courses (12 credit hours) beyond the typical core coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or better across the four courses. 

Required Courses

  • MGMT 733: Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
  • MGMT 776: Strategic Planning
  • MGMT 775: Competitive Strategy Analysis*
    *Required prerequisite of either MGMT 733 or MGMT 776


Choose one course* from the list below:

  • ACCT 747: Accounting Information Systems for Strategic Management
  • FINA 746: Risk Management
  • IBUS 719: Social Networks and Global Leadership
  • IBUS 739: Design Thinking for Global Business (DT4GB)
  • MGMT 725: Human Resource Metrics and Research
  • MGMT 737: Human Resources Experiential Project
  • MGSC 790: Data Resource Management
  • MGSC 796: Information Systems
  • MGSC 897: Global Supply Chain Operations Management: Graduate Capstone Consulting Project
  • MKTG 708: Customer Relationship Management and Data Mining
  • MKTG 712: Digital Marketing and Social Media Analytics
  • MKTG 717: Fundamentals of Marketing Analytics
  • MKTG 718: Social and Digital Media Strategies for Businesses
  • MKTG 750: Marketing Consulting Project

* Electives are subject to approval by the Strategic Innovation Certificate Committee; students may request that other courses be substituted for the courses listed above.

Who Should Apply 

The program is open to current graduate students at the Darla Moore School of Business as well as working professionals and any interested members of the public who are not involved in degree programs. Those interested in developing the skills needed to strategically manage science, technology and innovation are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply 

  • Current Moore School Graduate Students
    Current graduate students need to complete a concurrent enrollment form. Contact your program director with any questions.

  • Non-Moore School Students / Non-Degree Seeking Students
    Students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at the Darla Moore School of Business need to apply through the Graduate School at UofSC and are strongly encouraged to enroll in either MGMT 733 or MGMT 776 as their first certificate course.

Application Deadline: The program has a rolling deadline. You may apply at any time.

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