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IDC Herzliya - Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Imagine the power of a program that combines deep financial knowledge with pioneering entrepreneurial thinking and practice.

Consider Olin’s partnership with IDC Herzliya (particularly renowned for its entrepreneurship education), a one-of-a-kind opportunity to study finance and innovation at internationally recognized universities. You graduate with a Master of Science in Finance (MSF) degree from Washington University and a certificate in innovation and entrepreneurship from IDC Herzliya.

The 11-month condensed-format program admits one cohort per year. You attend courses in three semesters: a summer semester at Olin, a fall semester at IDC Herzliya, and an extended spring semester at Olin that includes immersions in New York and Washington, DC, with the entire GMF cohort.

You get hands-on venture-creation and venture-advising experience in Israel, the “Start-up Nation.” In fact, you are encouraged to have an idea for a start-up that you want to develop during the program. Immersion experiences at IDC consist of weekly innovation tours to entrepreneurial companies. Also, you work closely with a company engaged in entrepreneurship and innovation during an unpaid internship.

Israel’s first private higher-education institution, IDC Herzliya was founded in 1994. It’s home to 10 schools that prepare students for leadership roles in a wide variety of areas, such as business, government, law, and technology. Degrees granted by IDC Herzliya are accredited by the Israel Council for Higher Education and are recognized worldwide.

Student Life at IDC Herzliya

IDC is ranked first among 66 Israeli academic institutions for student satisfaction. While at IDC Herzliya, students are encouraged to check out the student-run IDC Entrepreneurship Club, meet Israeli students through the IDConnect exchange student program, and participate in several campus events each semester.


International graduate students are required to secure and pay for their own accommodations prior to arrival. Most students choose to live in either Tel Aviv (average monthly rent $800 to $1,000) or Herzliya (average monthly rent $750 to $950).

Career Services

Students will have access to employment services through Olin Business School's Weston Career Center. IDC will provide the students with a meaningful internship experience in Israel and with career advice and support during their stay in Israel. Preview resources at Olin Careers website and the IDC Career Center page.

Program Tuition and Fees

See Partners comparison chart for estimated 2018 tuition.

Tuition covers coursework, including immersion courses in New York City and Washington, DC. Additional costs covered only during WashU immersion courses include housing, some meals, transportation between New York and Washington, DC, and transportation back to St. Louis, Missouri.

Tuition does not include housing costs at either institution, textbooks, supplies, meal plans, or travel from your residential location to either of the campuses.

Health insurance is required but is not included with tuition for either IDC or WashU. Health insurance at IDC is approximately $400 for the semester.