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.
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.
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.
Fall 2021 Course Offerings
Fall I Term
- BUSAD 519 – Developing High Performance Organizations (GV)
Fall II Term
- ACCTG 800 - Financial and Managerial Accounting (GV, AB/BK)
- BUSAD 811 – New Ventures Ideation and Feasibility Analysis (GV, 100% online)
- MGMT 507 - Positive Organizational Behavior and Well-Being (GV)
- SYSEN 505 - Technical Project Management (GV)
GV = Great Valley Campus (default)
AB = Abington Campus
BK = Berks Campus
NY = Navy Yard Location
WC = World Campus (online)
* Consult with the Management Division about World Campus courses
** GV/AB/BK delivered in part with Video Learning Network
*** HRER courses are offered through the School of Labor and Employment Relations.
**** These courses have prerequisites or require demonstration of prior preparation in a subject area. Please contact the Management Division at Penn State Great Valley prior to registering for these courses.
***** Students who already have completed a graduate-level course that provides a comprehensive overview of the HR function in organizations and an in-depth examination of the strategic planning and implementation of HRM, as determined in advance by the head of the certificate program, may be permitted to waive this course if completed within five years prior to admission.
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.
These courses may be able to be used towards the MBA degree program.