Transforming invention to innovation

Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology Commercialization

Requirements

When selecting the program on our Online Graduate Application System, look for Invention to Innovation, which is listed as the "Graduate Certificate in Science & Technology Commercialization".

Please note that this is a part-time certificate program and may have some restrictions around applying for a study permit. If you are an international applicant, please connect with us via email before submitting your application.

If you have any questions during the application process, or would like information around funding and scholarship eligibility, please email i2i@sfu.ca.

Applicants should be either a current graduate student, post-doc, faculty member, or a recent graduate (within 3 years) of SFU or UBC graduate programs in science, engineering, health or environmental sciences. Candidates who don’t meet this criteria, but who are pursuing or have completed a graduate program at another institution, may be considered on a case by case basis.

If you are applying from outside of Canada, please get in touch with us at i2i@sfu.ca prior to submitting an application.

We require a letter of reference from your current or previous graduate supervisor. If you are a faculty member, a letter of reference from a colleague is fine.

We’ll need a complete resume from you, showing employment, volunteer activities, education and other appropriate information.

Official transcripts for credit courses from the Registrar of each post-secondary institution you attended, must be sent directly to the Graduate Business program office. Only one copy is required from each institution. If the transcripts are issued to you, they must be signed and sealed by your post-secondary institution.

The Innovation Statement should provide the Admissions Committee with a brief overview of your academic and research background, your motivation for joining the program and an explanation of your proposed research for commercialization (a few paragraphs is fine). Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of the Innovation Statement in accordance with the criteria of the specific award.

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobby Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Director, IT

Avigilon

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America

FINCAD

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

i2I: Elena

EMBA: Bobbie

MOT MBA: Matt

MSc Fin: Christine

GDBA: Percival

FT MBA: Morenike

PT MBA: Oliver

EMBA IBL: Wanda


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