Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship

A Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and technology commercialization provides a base understanding of new business planning, key issues encountered when developing commercial applications for new technical discoveries, the general legal aspects of intellectual property protection, fundamental business start-up and securities laws and the management of creativity and innovation in organizational settings. To complete the certificate program, you would need to successfully complete four of the following eight courses for a total of 12 hours.

Students seeking the Graduate Entrepreneurship Certificate should plan to complete the certificate requirements throughout their degree programs.  Attempting to complete the certificate or saving certificate courses to be completed in just one or two semesters may result in the student being unable to complete certificate requirements due to high demand for entrepreneurship courses, as course availability cannot be guaranteed.

All certificate programs are tracked through the Office of the Registrar and have to be added to the student’s record through a request in the University Adjustment System (UAS). In order to add the certificates to the student’s record, the following must be completed prior to the start of the student’s graduating semester:

  • Email the McFerrin Center at Include your name, UIN, department, current advisor’s name and email in the email.
  • The Management Advisor will initiate an Additional Curriculum Request in UAS, which will then forward to your listed advisor.

Advisors: The certificate will be added to the student’s record by submitting an Additional Curriculum Request through the UAS. Certificate requirements and the associated code are located above.

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Course work

Choose four from the list bellow:

MGMT 637 – Foundations of Entrepreneurship
This course addresses: (1) the process of launching a new venture; (2) the process by which opportunities can be discovered and selected; (3) the attributes of entrepreneurs and new venture teams; (4) the process of developing a business plan, including the related resource requirements; and (5) core entrepreneurial strategies; including business-level, organizational design, marketing, and financial. The course generally strives to develop the competencies, concepts, and operational tools that are relevant to creating and implementing new ventures.

MGMT 632 – Technology Commercialization
This course focuses on technology, the process of evaluating the viability of raw technology, and the process of converting the raw technology into commercially viable products and services. Additionally, the course includes a module on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant program. The course generally strives to develop the competencies and skills needed to evaluate the commercial viability of technology, and to bring viable technologies to commercial success.

MGMT 638 – Strategic Entrepreneurship
This course is about entrepreneurship involving the establishment and management of new ventures by corporations or independent new venture teams. Firms create value by identifying opportunities in their external environment and then developing a competitive advantage to exploit them. Strategic entrepreneurship involves simultaneous opportunity seeking and advantage seeking behaviors. The course describes opportunity seeking, advantage seeking and the balance between these two that is critical for organizational success. The course examines the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and culture, managing resources strategically, developing and exploiting innovation, along with a number of other important topics (e.g., international entrepreneurship).

MGMT 640 – Managing for Creativity and Innovation
This course examines factors that may foster or stifle individual, team, or organizational creative performance, and presents techniques that may improve the student’s creative thinking skills. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

FINC 644 – Funding New Ventures
This course provides an introduction to the general phenomena of small business and entrepreneurship. The central focus of this course will be to provide students an understanding of entrepreneurship and the financing of entrepreneurial ventures. The course will address the types of financing available at different stages of the new venture. Classification 6 students may not enroll in this course.

MGMT 675 – Leadership in Organizations
Review of research on procedures, styles and methods of leadership, supervision, management and administration; all aspects of leader role behavior, both in practice and in research; areas in need of further research. May be repeated for up to 3 hours of credit.

MGMT 639 – Negotiations in Competitive Environments
Understanding prescriptive and descriptive negotiation theory as it applies to dyadic and multi-party negotiations, to buyer-seller transactions, dispute resolution, development of negotiation strategy and management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process.

MGMT 658 – Managing Projects
Application of management processes to complex interdisciplinary organizational environments through the study of program and environment; master typical project management microcomputer software for project planning; resource allocation; project budgeting; and control of project cost, schedule, and performance.