Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

Turn heads with strategic innovation.

In times of change and competition, nothing drives organizational growth like an innovative idea. But the best companies know that creativity doesn’t just happen—it’s cultivated by a rare type of leader. In this Masters Certificate program, you’ll develop the sought-after skills of innovation leadership and learn to execute creative responses to tough business challenges.

Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership

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Fees: $8,950
Length: 10 days of study over 6 months
Next Session: May 2, 2024 to
November 1, 2024
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Cultivate A
Culture Of Innovation

In today’s world of oversaturated messages and competitive landscapes, finding a unique voice in business is essential, but forget innovation for innovation’s sake—it’s about solutions that continuously add value and deliver results in new ways.

In this Masters Certificate, you’ll discover the precise tools and strategies that have helped leaders around the world. Learn how to foster a culture of innovation that enables creativity and insights and delivers results for your organization.

Grow your leadership toolbox with strategic innovation processes you can implement right away to help your team solve challenges with progressive solutions.

This comprehensive program is divided into two, 5-day standalone modules that can be taken in any order: Certificate in Strategic Innovation and Creative Leadership and Certificate in Advanced Design Thinking for Innovative Leaders. Enrol in the full Masters Certificate program to receive a well-rounded experience and significant tuition savings. Alternatively, participants can register in individual modules as standalone certificate programs.

This comprehensive program is ideal for any mid-career or senior leader responsible for developing strategies and offers or influencing a culture of innovation in areas such as operations, development and consultancy. This includes roles like project managers, regional directors, human resource managers, and line leaders in product development, service, marketing and sales, operations and IT.


Supplement In-Class Instruction

To supplement in-class instruction, participants will apply program learnings and insights to coursework and readings outside the classroom.
DISCLAIMER: Schulich ExecEd requires a non-refundable deposit from all students as part of the enrolment process. Domestic students are required to submit a $1,000 deposit, while international students are required to submit a 50% deposit. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our advisors for assistance.

Get Training in Marketable Skills

Leadership Skills
Creative Thinking
Design Thinking
Change Management
Risk Assessment

6 Reasons to Enrol

Amazing Education for Busy Professionals

This Masters Certificate program packs rich, practical learnings into just 10 days of study. Take the modules in any order that fits your schedule best, and complete the program over 6 months.

Stand Out from the Crowd

Gain sought-after skills in innovation strategy and set yourself apart as a creative, strategic leader with unique business perspectives.

Learn from the Pros

Train with top-rated Schulich ExecEd instructors that are consistently ranked among the world’s best.

Tackle Exciting Challenges

Put your innovative leadership skills to the test as you work through problem solving exercises to find the best, most creative solutions that drive business results.

Build a Meaningful Network

Connect with and learn from peers and leaders across a wide range of sectors, industries and professions.

Earn Higher Pay

Schulich ExecEd students gain the confidence, skills and perspective to attain better roles, launch new ventures, and lead their teams to new heights.

Who Will Benefit

Mid-Career Leaders

Mid-career leaders responsible for developing strategies or influencing a culture of innovation—including project managers, human resource managers, and line leaders in product development, service, marketing and sales, operations and IT—will gain the unique creative skill sets to advance to more senior positions.

Senior Leaders

Directors and senior leaders in industries like operations, development and consultancy will improve their organization’s innovation culture and skills, and successfully embed innovation into their organizational strategy and processes.

What Difference Will You Make?

This program exceeded my expectations. I feel it was a great base to build upon when I return to work.

- L. Ryan Director, Financial Policy and External Reporting, Bank of Canada

Engaging facilitators, practical application and excellent tools that can be put to use when back in the workplace.

- A. Barger Senior Manager Commercial CS and Inside Sales, Allegran Canada

This program certainly disrupted my existing notion of innovation. It isn’t spontaneous, it isn’t a eureka moment. It’s much more deliberate and requires great discipline. I’m confident this program will help bring that discipline to our organization.

- T. Calder VP, Client Strategy, Search Engine People

Program Overview

  • Gain valuable, user-centred tools for long-term business success. Get to know your customers better by gathering relevant insights, and putting information to action through innovative thinking. Explore ways to accelerate buy-in and practice implementation innovation strategies. After sparking innovation, learn how to keep the momentum going. Topics in this module include:

    • Tools and Techniques with a User-Centred Approach
    • Creating a Plan and Identifying Challenges
    • Making Discoveries
    • Insights & Generating Ideas
    • Prototyping and Acceptance
    • Catalyzing Implementation
  • Expertly lead innovation projects from strategic planning and design thinking to the development of new products and operational improvements. Create a competitive advantage through innovative strategies and apply design and systems thinking through in-class exercises and case studies. Topics in this module include:

    • The Essential Links
    • Innovation as a Practice
    • The Challenges of Leading an Innovating Organization
    • How Much and What Kind of Innovation Do You Want?
    • Innovative Company Site Visits
    • Introduction to Design Thinking
    • Innovation as a Process
    • Making Innovation Happen
    • The Culture of Innovation
    • Leading Breakthroughs
  • Spring 2024 Dates Time
    Certificate in Design Thinking 2.0: Tools and Techniques 5/2/2024 - 5/17/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
    Certificate in Strategic Leadership and Innovation 10/17/2024 - 11/1/2024 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


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What You Get

After completing the Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership, you'll receive an authentic digital badge from the #1 business school in Canada that employers will recognize.

As more and more companies look for candidates with specific skills, this badge on your CV will be a credible assurance of your achievements and expertise, allowing the right roles to find you faster.

Masters Certificate

Awarded when a series of more extensive programs are completed and a greater skill set achieved.

Pre-Approved HRPA Hours

70 HRPA-CPD Hours

This program has been approved for CDP hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Be sure to note the program ID number on your CPD log. For more information about certification or continuing professional development, visit the HRPA website at

Custom Programs for Organizations

Use this program as we designed it, or alter it to fit your company’s needs. Either way, we can help you improve your organization's talent pipeline. Get in touch with our custom programs team today.

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