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 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)
Spring 2022 Course Offerings
Spring I Term
- BADM 828 – Negotiations (GV)
Spring II Term
- ACCTG 800 - Financial and Managerial Accounting (GV)
- BUSAD 809 – Triple Bottom Line Accounting (GV)
- BUSAD 822 - New Ventures Start-up (GV)
(Formerly BUSAD 522)
- BUSAD 882 - Social Entrepreneurship and Community Leadership (GV)
(formerly BUSAD 582)
Spring Full Term
- MGMT 507 - Positive Organizational Behavior and Well-Being (WC online**)
*Consult with Management Division
**Consult with Management Division about World Campus courses
GV = Classes held at our Great Valley campus
WC = Classes held online through World Campus
AB/BK = Classes held using VLN at Abington/Berks campuses
GV/NY = Classes held using VLN at Great Valley/Navy Yard campuses
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.