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Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering

The Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering gives students a complete array of tools and a systematic approach to creating, communicating and commercializing ideas in response to problems and opportunities in any field; they also learn how to lead the process of innovating within organizations—businesses, nonprofits, governments, educational institutions, arts organizations, etc. Graduate students in any field will benefit from having a Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering noted on their transcripts, in particular when they want to communicate their credentials to future employers.

Educational Objectives

  • Students will be able to use Innovation Engineering tools and methods to create and realize innovative, meaningfully unique solutions to problems in their chosen fields.
  • Students will be able to communicate the benefits of their innovations to target audiences.
  • Students will be able to apply fundamental theories and methods to work with teams or client groups to solve problems in any field.


The Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering is a blended program. INV 510 and INV 511 are blended courses. INV 510 and INV 511 both require 4 Saturday, in-person meetings at the University of Maine located in Orono, ME.


Core Courses (9 credits)

  • INV 510: Innovation Engineering Fundamentals & Systems (3 credits) (Fall term, 4 Saturdays Sept-Dec on the Orono Campus)
  • INV 511: Innovation Engineering Advanced Innovation Methods (3 credits) (Spring term, 4 Saturdays Jan-April on the Orono Campus)
  • INV 590: Innovation Engineering Independent Project (3 credits) (Flexible, at a distance)

Course Descriptions

Graduate students earn the Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering by completing, in this order, INV 510, INV 511, and INV 590 with a grade of B- or better in each course. Students must complete the coursework for the certificate within a period of five years.



Graduate students matriculated in any field may take the graduate coursework in Innovation Engineering; these students should notify the Director of Academic Programs in Innovation Engineering of their intention to complete the Certificate, and apply through the Graduate School.


Graduate non-degree students (students who have earned a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent) may apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering with a demonstrated depth of experience or expertise towards implementing projects in a specific area.

Application Materials

To apply, send cover letter and resume to:

Director of Academic Programs in Innovation Engineering Foster Center for Student Innovation, University of Maine Orono, ME 04469-5798

Students must also submit through the Graduate School.

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Visit the Foster Center for Student Innovation website to learn more about the faculty teaching in this program.


Innovation Engineering provides students with a skill set to take action on ideas, enabling them to innovate with the education, tools, and mindset needed to turn their ideas into reality. Studying Innovation Engineering teaches students the key elements of the engineering mindset: curiosity, discipline, and systems thinking. Innovation Engineering teaches students how to use writing and math as thinking tools. It teaches students the power of stimulus mining, collaboration, and experimentation as methods for problem-solving existing challenges and creating new ideas that proactively lead their organizations and industries.

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Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Innovation Engineering online with UMaine? Contact Amanda Cupps, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.5858 or at

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