What is an M.S. in Innovation and Leadership?
Through an interdisciplinary approach to innovation, Furman’s Master of Science in innovation and leadership develops leaders who leverage creativity, critique, feedback and iterative processes to develop team-based solutions for the challenges facing the industries, organizations and communities they serve. Graduates with this degree will understand and apply theories and frameworks of innovation; identify and employ collaborative strategies to amplify innovation; and devise needs-based assessments and articulate possible directions in the face of rapid societal change, uncertain futures and imperfect information.
Why pursue an M.S. in Innovation and Leadership at Furman?
Furman University has won national acclaim for its innovative approach to education at the undergraduate level and in the community. From The Hill Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to the Center for Innovative Leadership and other programs, Furman continues to build upon its innovative reputation. Among the faculty and staff, expertise in innovation and leadership has emerged from an interdisciplinary subset of innovators, coaches, mentors and trainers. The Master of Science in innovation and leadership harnesses this strength and grounds it with academic study, thought leadership and practical application. Plan a visit or start your application today.
How will you learn?
To earn an M.S. in innovation and leadership, students will complete 30 hours of coursework through three units of study: innovation seminar, focused coursework and customized experiential learning. The yearlong innovation seminar is a 12-credit sequence in which students focus on leading the innovative self, leading innovative teams and leading innovative organizations. Three focused courses enhance student learning in key areas related to leading innovation in teams and organizations (9 credits). Each student engages in a yearlong experiential learning plan that can include combinations of executive coaching and mentoring, practicum, leadership development or other context-based learning (9 credits). A typical enrollment pattern for this program would include concurrent enrollment in these three units. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.
Careers for M.S. in innovation and leadership graduates
This degree can enhance credentials in a wide range of occupations:
- Pioneers and Team Leads
- Professional Communicators
- Innovation Managers
- Entrepreneurs and Intrapreneurs
- Operations, Project, and Product Managers
- New Business Developers
- Strategists and Consultants
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In today’s rapidly changing world, graduates with a Master of Science in Innovation and Leadership are equipped to be a valuable resource for companies and organizations, facilitating innovation in corporate, organizational, group, team, and/or interpersonal contexts. Whether graduates go on to work within a larger company or as independent consultants, they’ll be successful in disciplines such as entrepreneurship, management, product development, and marketing, to name a few.
According to Indeed, the earnings increase from the bachelor’s level to the master’s level is approximately 20%. Specifically, the median income for master’s degree holders is $77,844 per year, and the unemployment rate is 2%.
Furman’s Master of Science in Innovation and Leadership is a 12-month, three-term program.