New Ventures and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

New Ventures and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

Designed specifically for current and aspiring entrepreneurs, this 12-credit certificate will help students conceptualize and develop new business ventures and/or new products to take to market. The program will engage students in a creative process including opportunity recognition, idea generation and selection, the lean start-up process, and business plan development. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, students will gain competence in writing all sections of a professional business plan, including the presentation of financial statements and market data. Students will also have an opportunity to pitch their new ventures/products to potential funders.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must hold either 1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (post-secondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale.

Current Penn State Great Valley graduate students in all programs are also welcome to apply and enroll in this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To be awarded the graduate certificate, students must successfully complete 12 credits of course work consisting of 6 required and 6 elective credits. All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C or better and an overall GPA of 3.0.


New Ventures and Entrepreneurship Certificate Courses
Course Required or Elective Current Offering Future Offering
BUSAD 511 New Ventures I Required   SU II
BUSAD 522 New Ventures II* Required   SU I
ACCTG 511 Financial and Managerial Accounting Elective SP II SU I
BUSAD 519 Developing Creative High Performance Organizations Elective    
BUSAD 545 Negotiation Strategies Elective   SU II
BUSAD 582 Social Entrepreneurship and Community Leadership Elective SP II  
BUSAD 809 Triple Bottom Line Accounting Elective    
MGMT 507 Positive Organizational Behavior and Well-Being Elective SP I  
SYSEN 505 Technical Project Management Elective SP I  
SYSEN 550 Creativity and Problem Solving I Elective    
SYSEN 552 Creativity and Problem Solving II** Elective SP I  
SYSEN 554 Problem Solving Leadership*** Elective    
SYSEN 555 Invention and Creative Design Elective    

* Prerequisites: MGMT 501 and BUSAD 511, or by permission.
**Requires SYSEN 550 as a prerequisite.
***Requires SYSEN 552 as a prerequisite. 

Penn State's schedule of courses lists course availability. Although the course numbers, times, and availability on the University registrar's schedule of courses is correct, their prerequisites differ. 

If you are a current certificate student and have completed all the coursework, please submit the Graduate Certificate Completion Form.