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The University's Graduate Core Curriculum provides the foundation for information research and guides students toward their Graduate Innovation Project with practical application. The unique set of core courses are specifically designed for the innovation experience—from idea to tangible product. Throughout the series of courses, students will have the opportunity to hone their public speaking and writing skills and master the art of promoting and marketing their ideas. In addition, students will have the opportunity to create manage a development team and create a business plan. Unlike many graduate programs, our goal is not just to prepare graduate students for a professional career, but also to produce innovators and leaders who are ready to create and run companies to bring their innovations to the market.


The outcomes of this course are aligned and developed to support the following Program Objectives.

  • Objective # 1: Provide a comprehensive framework for degree objectives, effective pathways for coursework, and a system for reliable assessment.
  • Objective # 2: Provide for the development and refinement of skills essential to analyzing complex situations, synthesizing holistic solutions, and making sound judgment in the fact of originality, complexity, uncertainty, ambiguity, and conditions of rapid change.
  • Objective # 3: Provide environment for rigorous information gathering, advance quantitative and qualitative research methods, and develop in-depth understanding of multi-faceted applications of knowledge as relevant to general information assessment, synthesis, and degree specific goals.
  • Objective # 4: Provide for commercial aspects of completed projects and the leadership and team building challenges associated with taking an innovation concept through its iterative process to final output.
  • Objective # 5: Provide transformational experience in aligning concept through innovation process in attaining goal with enterprise and leadership to the build project, optimize value, ensure competitive advantage, and accommodate change.
  • Objective # 6: Provide opportunities for personal and organizational effectiveness through shared competencies within the core program, including written, visual, and verbal communications, self-awareness and purpose, and ethical processes, integrity, and spillover effects and consequences.


MSC680 - Innovation & Creation
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
This course covers the concepts of innovation from the creator's perspective. Concept or idea generation methods and tactics are explored and discussed. Evaluation of concepts for viability and feasibility will also be discussed. Students study trends in innovation and technology and look for emerging opportunities, using case study and other materials. Students within the course will experience a creation and evaluation process, preparing an idea and delivering a pitch of the concept.
MSC555 - Project Management
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): None
This course contains all the elements needed to successfully manage a creative project from conception to completion. Tools, communications, planning, resourcing the techniques for managing a successful project are all discussed and applied within the confines of the course. Students within the course will take part in project teams, managed by the professor, and will experience project management from the team perspective while learning the management role and expectations.
MSC681 - Design & Production
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): MSC680
Within this course, students will experience a design and production process that takes a concept from the drawing board to prototyping and production. This class is about the "build". Students will explore a variety of design processes and utilize one to take their team project to an Alpha or prototype level. Students will then explore a variety of production options, analyzing and evaluating and finally presenting and defending their choice of production for their project.
MSC682 - Innovation and the Market
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): MSC680
Taking new products to the market can be the most challenging time for an innovator. This course is a combination of business considerations that all inoovators and entrepreneurs must understand in order to be successful. Topics explored and addressed within the course will include both entrepreneurial topics such as business
MSC683 - Continuing Project
Credits: 3.00
Prerequisite(s): MSC682
Continuing Project is designed for those students who, through no fault of their own, require additional time to complete their Innovation Project. Continuing Project may only be taken for credit twice.