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Learn about intellectual properly issues relating to technological innovation, construct a business plan for a technology venture, and develop technological solutions to a design problem.


Quick facts
  • Two-year certificate program
  • You cannot begin this program directly from high school
  • Program can be completed concurrently alongside other degree programs

What you will learn

The Technological Innovation Certificate program introduces students to business fundamentals and to the processes necessary to design and commercialize technologically-innovative solutions. Students who complete the program will have the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to identify good problems involving tech innovation opportunities, to design solutions to those problems, and to commercialize their innovations.

Many of the courses in the certificate program can also be used to satisfy degree requirements. Please speak with an academic advisor to see what options may be available to you if you are completing this program concurrently with another degree program.

GE 450: Technology Innovation Management

Technological Innovation is increasingly the source of sustainable competitive advantage for firms around the world. However, it is challenging to build a successful organization that repetitively brings technological innovation to market. This course will focus on the practices and processes for leading edges of innovation practice. It explores the processes for developing technological innovation, as well as the strategy for successful business outcomes. Unlike traditional case-based management education, this course focuses on using history, mathematics, economics, design and leadership. Students will learn how to strategically position the technology that they develop and innovate for different commercialization process.

The course has two components, the first hour will be in collaboration with GE 490 - Innovation Speaker Series. The students will engage with industry experts to learn about the practice used in industry currently and to develop a professional network as well as awareness for career planning.

The second portion of the course will be lecture and group work with the instructor to explore the strategic considerations to evaluate, explore, execute and exploit the innovations.

The course is suitable for any students who want to understand the fundamental process of innovation management, and aspire to become a leader in an innovation driven organization.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Our focus at the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development is to bring USask students proven frameworks, courses, workshops, professional networks and advisory services to create a rigorous and practical educational experience. We develop innovators, future leaders through inspiring their ambition, fostering their transportable skills and broadening their professional path.

Careers

The Technological Innovation Certificate offers crucial skills to anyone who aspires to leadership positions or entrepreneurial enterprise. The courses are all designed to grow the skills people need so that they have successful and satisfying careers.

Tuition estimates

Note: if you are taking this certificate concurrently with a degree program, there will be no additional student fees. Tuition will still be assessed for each course. With proper program planning, you will use the communication classes towards your degree and you will already be paying student fees as part of your studies.

Canadian students International students
Tuition $811.80 per 3 credit unit class $2,922.48 per 3 credit unit class
Student fees $1,050 per year $1,050 per year

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay per class (2022-2023 Canadian dollar rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access. This estimate reflects the price you would pay if you are a full-time student.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $150-$250 for each class.

Program options

The Certificate in Technological Innovation is offered by the Ron and Jane Graham School of Professional Development in the College of Engineering. You will earn this certificate concurrently with a degree program from this college. This program will introduce the important aspects for entrepreneurs and innovators. Students will learn about fundamentals of intellectual properly issues relating to technological innovation, construct a business plan for a technology venture, and develop technological solutions to a design problem.

If you are already enrolled at USask, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program. Some courses could count towards the complimentary studies for the BE or towards course work for your Graduate degree.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Admission requirements

All applicants to this program must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Completed at least 60 credit units of post-secondary coursework
  2. 60% average in the most recent 18 credit units of completed coursework
  3. Proficiency in English

Deadlines

Start term Application deadline
Fall
Sept. 2022
June 30, 2022

Ready to apply?

Both external applicants and current USask students must complete the online application form by the application deadline. If you are a current USask student, consult your academic advisor regarding enrolling in this program.

For applicants new to USask, a non-refundable application fee of $90 CAD is required before your application will be processed. Current USask students do not need to pay an application fee.