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  • Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Food Innovation & Entrepreneurship

    Close to half of all dollars spent on food and more than half of the calories Americans consume occur away from home. Drexel University’s online Certificate in Food Innovation prepares you to design and launch a new food product or concept from initial consumer research and conceptualization, through the development and testing of a value proposition and business model. Taught by industry experts within both Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Close School of Entrepreneurship, this food innovation certificate can be taken on its own or as a complement to studies in business, entrepreneurship, nutrition, hospitality, or related fields. Both consumer packaged goods and foodservice offerings are considered in our curriculum.

    Program Features

    • 100% online
    • Courses taught by industry experts in Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions and the Close School of Entrepreneurship
    • No GRE required
    • No application fee

    What Can I Do with a Certificate in Food Innovation?

    Did you know that the U.S. food, beverage and consumer products industry is the single largest U.S. manufacturing sector, comprising of over two million jobs across the United States? Drexel’s online Certificate in Food Innovation will teach you how to conceptualize, design and eventually launch a new food product or concept. The curriculum underscores the importance of food product, systems innovation and entrepreneurship in ensuring a sustainable, healthy, accessible, and inclusive food supply for current and future generations. These values are a critical pillar of Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions’ focus on health equity.

    Program FAQs

    What will I learn in Drexel University’s Online Certificate in Food Innovation?
    If you make the great decision to enroll in Drexel’s Online Certificate in Food Innovation, you will learn how to:

    • Describe the steps required to bring a new food product to market
    • Create and validate a business model canvas to present a value proposition for a new food product or concept
    • Outline strategies to achieve competitive advantage in the food marketplace

    Will I have to come to campus during the program?
    No, you will not be required to come to campus during this program. However, we do love to see you so please stop by to say hi if you decide to visit Drexel’s campus!

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses

    ENTP 501

    Entrepreneurship Practice & Mindset


    ENTP 690

    The Lean Launch


    FDSC 557

    Advanced Food Product Development


    FOOD 605

    Culture and Gastronomy


    or FDSC 506

    Food Composition & Behavior

    Total Credits


    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2024-2025 is $1466 per credit.

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees

    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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