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).

Example of credit towards other graduate degree:

For example an MBA or MS in Engineering student can earn the graduate certificate while counting the credit hours towards their degree.

Application Process

Résumé and letter of interest should be emailed to

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To learn more about the program please visit the USF catalog.


Registration Process

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


  • Dirk Libaers,
    Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation,
    John and Beverly Grant Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship
    Director, Center for Entrepreneurship,
    Office: BSN 3332
    Telephone: 813-974-7820


  • Maricela Elizarraras,
    Office Manager, Center for Entrepreneurship
    Office: BSN 3331
    Telephone: 813-974-7900