Graduate Programs

Graduate Certificate

Students study various areas of entrepreneurship, such as:

  • 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.

Open to all fully admitted graduate students, the graduate certificate offers students flexible scheduling and focused course work. Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree (with departmental approval).

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 GPA in upper-division work
  • OR acceptable score on GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MCAT

Application Process

In addition to the application forms, please submit:

  • Official transcripts *
  • A résumé **
  • A 250-word letter of interest, that includes the student's objective for pursuing this course of study. **

* Send transcripts to University of South Florida, Graduate School

4202 E. Fowler Ave. SVC1072
Tampa, FL 33620

International transcripts will require a foreign transcript evaluation

** Résumé and letter of interest should be emailed to

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Course Requirements

Courses are cross-listed between the USF Muma College of Business and USF College of Engineering

Twelve (12) credit hours are required.

  • Strategic Marketing Assessments OR Strategic Marketing Assessments
    (same course cross-listed) (3 Hours)

  • New Venture Formation OR Technologies Venture Strategies
    (same course cross-listed) (3 Hours)

  • Business Plan Development OR Technical Entrepreneurship
    (same course cross-listed) (3 Hours)

  • Venture Capital & Private Equity in Entrepreneurship
    (cross-listed) (3 Hours)

Credit towards graduate degree

All 12 credit hours for the certificate course may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized Tests for International Students

International students for whom English is not a native language must submit a TOEFL score. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test, or 79 on the web-based test, is required. A graduate-level admissions test may also be required.

Registration Process

Consult with the certificate program advisor and obtain an electronic course permit for those with non-degree seeking status.

Tuition & Fees

Fees parallel those of standard graduate-level courses.

Financial Aid

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 813-974-4700 for exceptions and the names of private lenders.