Graduate Certificate


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

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).

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

Course Requirements

Courses are cross-listed between the Colleges of Business and Engineering

Twelve (12) credit hours are required.

  • Strategic Marketing Assessments
    Strategic Marketing Assessments
    (same course cross-listed) (3 Hours)
  • New Venture Formation
    Technologies Venture Strategies
    (same course cross-listed) (3 Hours)
  • Business Plan Development
    Technical Entrepreneurship
    (same course cross-listed) (3 Hours)
  • Venture Capital & Private Equity in Entrepreneurship
    (cross-listed) (3 Hours)

Credit towards graduate degree

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

View schedule of courses

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. Visit OASIS, USF's online registration system and follow the online directions.

Tuition & Fees

Fees parallel those of standard graduate-level courses. Please visit the Cash Accounting page.

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.