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Innovation Taught In the Classroom

A simple Internet search on the term “innovation” returns more than 100 million results. The interest in innovation as a catchy term is clear, but a focus on the practicalities of teaching – and learning – innovation continues to lag.

Some colleges and universities are realizing the future’s need for continuous innovation and have implemented innovation classes, programs and degrees. The following list (in alphabetical order) features an array of these learning institutions and their innovation offerings. If you know of any programs not featured, email

Innovation Programs
Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management
Cleveland, Ohio
Strategy and Innovation Certificate

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
Ph.D. Innovation Program

DePaul University
Mastering Innovation Certificate Program

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Teaneck, New Jersey
Creativity and Innovation Certificate Program

IIT Chicago
Business Innovation Course

Kettering University
Flint, Michigan
Minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Marquette University
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Engineering Innovation Certificate and New Product and Process Development Certificate

MIT, Sloan School of Management
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Swinburne University of Technology, Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship
Hawthorn, Australia

The Insa Strasbourg
Strasbourg, France
Advanced Master in Innovative Design

The University of Melbourne, Melbourne Business School
Melbourne, Australia
Master of Management, Innovation
Postgraduate Diploma in Management, Innovation

The University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia
Management of Innovation and Technical Change Capstone Class

University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
Big Ideas @ Berkeley

University of Colorado
Boulder, Colorado
Managing Innovation Certificate

University of Maryland
College Park, Maryland
Certificate in Innovation Management

University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota
Innovation Studies Certificate Program

University of North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mechanical Innovation Course

University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Executive Education: Full Spectrum Innovation

TRIZ Programs
Download a PDF from the European TRIZ Association (ETRIA) for classes and programs specifically related to the Theory of Inventive Problem Solving (TRIZ):