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Online Strategic Thinking and Innovation Certificate

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A certificate program for industry leaders

100% online

Expert faculty

Flexible study

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per credit $824
  • Credit hours 12

Program Benefits

  • No application fee
  • Six start dates per year

Lead with innovation. From here, you can.

In Brenau University’s 100% online Strategic Thinking and Innovation Certificate program, you’ll complete flexible coursework to build expertise in business topics ranging from finance to ethics. With guidance from experienced faculty members, you’ll gain the skills to navigate the ever-changing field of business and advance in your career as an innovative leader. Earn your certificate in just one year and graduate prepared to inspire creative ideas from your teams.

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Advance with strategic thinking and innovation skills

With a 100% online Strategic Thinking and Innovation Certificate from Brenau University, you’ll be poised to advance to more rewarding positions in your career. 715,100 new business and financial jobs are expected by 2031,1 and completing your certificate is the first step toward benefitting from this growth. After earning your certificate, you could pursue jobs like management analyst, a position with a median salary of $93,000 per year and projected job growth of 11%.2

Courses designed by experts

4 courses

12 total credit hours

Learn from Brenau’s expert faculty in four courses totaling 12 credit hours to complete your online Strategic Thinking and Innovation Certificate. Study law, policy, ethics and organizational systems to build skills in leadership, finance and more. Finish your certificate in one year before pursuing career advancement opportunities.

Course spotlights:

  • OL 640 Strategic Thinking and Innovation
  • OL 660 Leadership in Innovative Organizational Cultures
  • OL 730 Creativity and Change Leadership
  • OL 740 Complex Problem Solving

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No application fee

The online certificate in strategic thinking and innovation offers six start dates per year, so you can apply anytime and start your education as soon as possible. With no application fee, you can apply risk-free.

To apply to Brenau’s online Strategic Thinking and Innovation Certificate, you’ll need:

Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
Copy of updated professional resume/curriculum vitae
Admission Details

We strive to make your education affordable

$824per credit hour

$9,888 total tuition

By choosing Brenau, you’re investing in an education that will set you on a path to a successful career. Along with affordable tuition, you can pursue federal financial aid to make your education even more cost-effective.

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What you’ll learn

Prepare to inspire and implement creative, innovative ideas as a highly effective leader. You’ll learn from expert faculty online, on your schedule, and finish your certificate program ready for career advancement.

Program outcomes

In Brenau’s online certificate in strategic thinking and innovation program, you will develop strategies to lead an innovative organization through strategic thinking, creativity and innovative culture development.

Online learning

At Brenau, you will learn in small classes, which gives you plenty of opportunities to ask questions and receive one-on-one support from your professors. With flexible scheduling and online delivery, we make education fit into your busy life. Our programs respond to the needs of today’s students, so you’ll receive the education you need to become a leader who makes a difference. From here, you can.

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Frequently asked questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

It will not. The diploma is the same for all graduates, whether their program was completed online or on ground.

While the specifics of each program vary, the admissions process always starts by submitting your application for the program you want to attend. To complete your application file, you’ll need official transcripts, an online application and possibly other documents. Your admissions counselor will help guide you through this process.

Undergraduate students can transfer up to 90 credits to their program. If the student is pursuing their first graduate degree at Brenau, up to six semester hours of coursework taken at another regionally accredited institution of higher education may be appropriately transferred to Brenau as part of the planned program of study with approval from the department chair. If the student has a master’s degree, up to nine hours of graduate credit may transfer with departmental approval. Grading standards of the Brenau program into which the work is transferred will apply.

There are no application fees at Brenau University.

Absolutely! Online programs at Brenau are explicitly designed with busy working professionals in mind, including those with personal and professional responsibilities. The format provides the flexibility you need to succeed in your selected program. From here, you can.

You can start the FAFSA® form here. Brenau’s FAFSA® code is 001556.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Business and Financial Occupations.” Sept. 8, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2023, from
  2. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Management Analysts.” Nov. 16, 2022. Retrieved March 8, 2023, from