"We applied what we learned by doing a hands-on project at District 3." - Anna Karina Ehrhard
Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Technology and Society?
Social entrepreneurs understand that with innovation comes responsibility. With past technological fixes contributing to global warming, market crashes and animal extinction, we need creative minds to develop strategies that address the root causes of complex problems and incorporate them into viable business models.
The Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Technology and Society provides you with an environment in which engineers and non-engineers work together to cultivate innovative processes across disciplines. Combining aspects of theoretical and experiential learning, the certificate offers you the opportunity to develop ideation techniques before pursuing the commercial potential of your ideas through a practicum at Concordia’s District 3 Innovation Center.
Requirements for completion: The graduate certificate can be completed within an academic year.
Credits: A fully qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 15 credits.
Courses: Candidates in the graduate certificate must take nine credits of core theory courses and six credits of practicum. Core courses that have been credited to another degree must be replaced by other courses acceptable under that degree program.
Performance: Students who have completed the nine core credits will be assessed before admission to ENCS 6044, Practicum in Innovation Process.
Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations. Program Specific Regulations. An Assessment Grade Point Average (AGPA) of at least 3.00 based on a minimum of 8 credits is required.
Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulation page for further details regarding the Time Limit requirements.
Graduation: To be eligible to graduate, students must have obtained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Theory Core Courses: ENCS 6041, ENCS 6042, ENCS 6043
Practicum: ENCS 6044
ENCS 6043 Seminar in Innovation Process (1 credit) Prerequisites or co-requisites: ENCS 6041 and ENCS 6042. Registration is restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Technology and Society.
The seminar integrates theoretical concepts in innovation and communication processes in preparation for projects in the certificate practicum.
ENCS 6044 Practicum in Innovation Process (6 credtis) Prerequisites: ENCS 6041, ENCS 6042 and ENCS 6043. Registration is restricted to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Innovation, Technology and Society.
The practicum takes place in the Concordia District 3 Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Students develop innovation projects under the supervision of academic advisors and District 3 instructional personnel. This course is graded on a pass/fail basis.