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New for fall 2016!

Learn how to commercialize new life science discoveries into products and services to improve health in humans and/or animals with this 100 percent online graduate certificate in life science innovation and entrepreneurship. This interdisciplinary program was developed with curriculum from MU’s Trulaske College of Business, College of Engineering and School of Medicine – providing you with the necessary core skills for entrepreneurial endeavors.

This unique 12 credit-hour program will prepare you to take products from research to market with course topics such as:

  • Terms, trends, issues and industry culture
  • Commercial viability
  • Patents and intellectual property basics
  • Market assessment and competitive landscape
  • Life science methods and research tools

Employment opportunities include key positions in:

  • Healthcare organizations
  • Pharmacompanies
  • Academic institutions
  • Research organizations/institutes
  • Federal agencies
  • Small business centers

The need for a clinical and translational scientist workforce is exceedingly important and represents an opportunity for economic growth. As federal economic funding will be focused more on “lab to product” research, education about the translational aspects of biomedical research is required for continued success in your career.


These online courses are offered on a semester basis. After spring of 2018, it will be possible to complete the certificate in one year by taking two courses per semester in an asynchronous fashion.

Enroll in a course

The chart below shows when courses are traditionally offered.

For course information or to enroll in a specific course, click on the corresponding red "X."

If you experience difficulty with enrolling, contact Mizzou Online student services at 1-800-609-3727.

Red X = available for enrollment

Core Courses
Fall Spring Summer
F Sp Su
MPP 8000 / BIOL_EN 8000 Scientific Discovery Leading to Life Science Innovations
(Starts in Fall 2016)
BIOL_EN 8001 Design and Development of Life Science Innovations
(Starts in Spring 2017)
MGMT 8200 Topics in Management — Commercialization of Life Science Innovations
(Starts in Fall 2017)
MPP 8004 Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials
(Starts in Spring 2018)

How to Apply

Admission criteria

Certificate program admission requirements are the same as those for the Graduate School:

  • An official transcript verifying that the applicant has earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores
    Students whose native language is not English must submit a score of at least 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test) on a TOEFL administered within the last two years. Institution code: 6875

Application deadline

Admission to the School of Medicine is on a rolling basis, but materials should be submitted at least six weeks prior to the start of your intended semester.

Application instructions

  • Complete the Graduate School online application.
  • Upload unofficial transcripts to the Graduate School.
  • Upload a Statement of Purpose explaining why you wish to pursue a graduate certificate.
  • GRE scores are NOT required.

Note there is a $65 application fee for domestic students and a $90 fee for international students.

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The University of Missouri is accredited by the Commission on Higher Learning of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.