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.

Course Location/Delivery

All courses are offered on the Tampa campus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. In addition applicants should have:

Application Process

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.


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

Standardized Tests

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.


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