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UCCS Proposed Masters of Innovation™
The faculty team of the Bachelor of Innovation™ (http://innovation.uccs.edu) are propsing UCCS finally begin to offer new type of graduate degree: The Master of Innovation™ (MI). As part of that, we are required to gauge interest in the program. If you know other people that might be interested, please forward this to them.

The Master of Innovation program will be offered to be in a way that can be completed fully online.

We are proposing a structure for the Master of Innovation family where students could either select to study for an MI in the Innovation process (without another disciplinary area of emphasis) or select to study for an MI with a disciplinary area of emphasis, e.g., an MI in Cybersecurity or an MI in Business. This is similar to the structure of the UCCS BI.


Structure of the proposed UCCS Master of Innovation™ degree
The Master of Innovation will be offered to be in a way that can be completed fully online.

We are proposing a structure for the Master of Innovation family where students could either select to study for an MI in the Innovation process (without another disciplinary area of emphasis) or select to study for an MI with a disciplinary area of emphasis, e.g.., an MI in CyberSecurity or an MI in Business. This is similar to the structure of the UCCS BI.

A student pursuing the Master of Innovation (without emphasis) would take 30 credits with at least 6six courses (18 credit hours) in Innovation and a maximum of 12 credit hours outside of innovation. Up to 6 credits in innovation could be in a Master’s Thesis in innovation which can replace the capstone INOV 6700 Advancing Innovation Practicum.

A student pursuing the Master of Innovation with an emphasis area would take 36 credits with six courses (18 credit hours) in Innovation including the capstone INOV 6700, and 6six courses (18 credit hours) in their emphasis area. Up to 6 credits could be in a Master’s Thesis applying innovation in the area of emphasis.

Students are responsible for meeting any pre-requisites associated with their emphasis courses. Emphasis area courses that are already-existing online courses from across campus, allowing some of the MI emphasis areas to be completed entirely online. Other MI areas of emphasis may be hybrid with a mix of on-campus and online courses.

Students who want to design their own emphasis area, which maynot be online, can petition both the closest department(s) and the innovation faculty to allow them to pursue their custom emphasis. Such custom emphasis is intended to support interdisciplinary work that may not fit well within a traditional MS or MI with a predefined emphasis. Custom emphasis will still be 36 credits. Custom emphasis areas will not be designated on the diploma but will allow for a 36 credit MI with “custom emphasis” to be listed on their transcript.


Innovation Courses
Innovation Core courses will be part of every MI. They are intended to provide the practical tools essential to the art of innovation. These courses will enable participants to gain a competitive advantage in today's marketplace that is constantly calling for innovative strategies to make a sustainable difference in the world around us. Innovation is more than research and good ideas; it is the transformation of ideas into impact.

Graduate Level Innovation Core
(Course numbers are proposed, to include 5000 level courses, which may be cross-listed at the 4000 level for BI undergrads to use as electives.)

INOV 4200/5200 Innovation Process and Policy (take this first)
INOV 4300/5300 Innovation Culture and Teaming (prerequisite is INOV 4200/5200 Innovation Process and Policy)
INOV 4400/5400 Leading Innovation and Change (prerequisite is INOV 4200/5200 Innovation Process and Policy)
INOV 4500/5500 Intellectual Property (no prerequisite)
INOV 6600 Creating New Ventures (no prerequisite)
INOV 6700 Advancing Innovation Practicum, which is the capstone course. (Prerequisites are Innovation Culture and Teaming, Leading Innovation )

Elective courses for those pursuing the MI without emphasis alternative might include:
INOV 6100 Proposal and Technical Writing
BUAD 6610 Managing Innovation for Strategic Advantage
BUAD 6710 Transforming Technology Organizations and Employees
INOV 8000 Masters Thesis
Future INOV courses numbered 5000 or higher


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