The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship, offered in an inter-disciplinary framework through the Center for Entrepreneurship in conjunction with the Colleges of Business Administration, Engineering, and Health Sciences, offers students the opportunity to do graduate-level study that focuses on the various aspects of Entrepreneurship. Students study the various areas of Entrepreneurship including identification of new technology opportunities, development of strategies to commercialize new innovations, critical skills in business planning for new ventures, various frameworks for new venture formation and development of financing strategies and frameworks to provide capital to create and grow new ventures and how these topics relate to knowledge and technology-based business opportunities. A particular focus will be provided for students interested in the entrepreneurial aspects of Life Sciences and Biotechnology businesses.
The graduate certificate offers students flexibility in class scheduling and focused course work. Graduates will develop the specialized skills needed to create and grow new business ventures and to work effectively in leadership roles in new business ventures as a part of an inter-disciplinary management team. In addition to Business and Engineering students, the certificate is also intended for graduate students from other disciplines who are interested in broadening their perspectives in entrepreneurship. Participation is open to all graduate students admitted to Graduate Studies at the University of South Florida.
All courses are offered on the Tampa campus and partially online.
Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. In addition applicants should have:
To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.
None are required.
12 hours. The following courses are crosslisted with the College of Business and the College of Engineering.
ENT 6016 New Venture Formation (3) OR EIN 693X Technology Venture Strategies (3)
ENT 6116 Business Plan Development (3) OR EIN 632X Technical Entrepreneurship (3)
ENT 6415 Fundamentals of Venture Capital & Private Equity in Entrepreneurship (3) OR EIN 693X Venture Capital & Private Equity (3)
ENT 6186 Strategic Marketing Assess. (3) OR EIN 693X Strategic Marketing Assess. (3)
None are required.
Credit toward graduate degree
Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval
International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.