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    100% Online
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The online graduate certificate in life science innovation and entrepreneurship from MU will help you translate biomedical research into health-related and economic benefits. If you want to help bring new discoveries into the marketplace, this may be the certificate for you.

Career opportunities include key positions in:

  • Academic institutions 
  • Federal agencies 
  • Health care organizations 
  • Pharmaceutical companies 
  • Research organizations/institutes 
  • Small business centers

Course work covers:

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

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Statement of Purpose explaining why you wish to pursue a graduate certificate.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 15
December 1
April 15


  • .Required Courses12 Credits
  • MPP 8000Scientific Discovery Leading to Life Science Innovations3 Credits

    (same as BIOL_EN 8000). This course explains the scientific discovery process from idea to product release, examining problem identification, need validation, and commercialization. Clinical, business and engineering perspectives are examined to understand translating innovation into clinical practice. May be repeated for credit. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: must be enrolled in a graduate degree program.

  • OR Biol_En 8000Scientific Discovery Leading to Life Science Innovations3 Credits
  • Biol_En 8100Design and Development of Biomedical Innovations3 Credits

    (same as ENGINR 8100). This course takes students through the process of brainstorming and working out a solution to a medical need, and then producing a product. Outputs may include the development of a physical prototype through interactions with the College of Engineering rapid prototype facility. The course is one of a three-course set leading to a Graduate Certificate in Translational Science and Entrepreneurship. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: Student must be enrolled in a graduate degree program and enrolled in a sequenced cohort group beginning with MPP 8000/BIOL_EN 8000 then MPP 8100/BIOL_EN 8100 then MANGMT 8200.

  • Mangmt 8200Commercialization of Life Science Innovations3 Credits

    This course will provide educational content and experiences that equip course participants to navigate the main pathways for commercialization of biomedical innovations. Students will also learn how to access sources of capital for R&D and develop an understanding of the role of FDA approval and the processes for approval of different types of biomedical products. Students will become familiar with quality assurance programs required in the biomedical industry. Students will also become familiar with the most common business models for biomedical companies and the importance of product development and commercialization alliances. Graded on A-F basis only. Prerequisites: admitted to certificate program; director approval.

  • MPP 8004Regulatory Issues in Clinical Research and Clinical Trials3 Credits

    The goal of the course is to highlight key FDA regulatory issues for conducting human clinical trials and clinical research. For clinical trials, FDA has set up several compliance programs and guidance documents as a part of human subject protection (HSP)/ Bioresearch Monitoring (BIMO) initiatives. The aim of the program was to strengthen FDA oversight and protection of subjects in clinical trials and to preserve confidentiality of data. The HSP/BIMO initiative comprehends all FDA regulated clinical trials including human drugs and biological drug products, devices, foods, and veterinary medicine. The course is designed for students in medical professions, management, biomedical engineering, and related areas. Adequate knowledge regarding FDA guidance in conducting human clinical trials and clinical research will help professionals steer drug/device development and commercialization in their respective field. This course will be offered online only. An introduction to essential disciplines for conducting clinical trials and clinical research will be provided. The basics of good clinical practices (GCPs), biostatistics and clinical epidemiology in relation to clinical trials will be presented. Several relevant case studies for conducting clinical trials, both nationally and internationally, will be discussed. The importance of data collection and data management while conducting clinical trials will be explained. Graded on A-F basis only. Recommended: Knowledge in biomedical sciences, clinical sciences.

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $334.47
  • Total: $702.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $1003.41
  • Total: $2106.21
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $334.47
  • Total: $702.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $1003.41
  • Total: $2106.21
Tuition rates are subject to change.

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    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

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