Learn critical skills for launching and managing your own business—in just eight months

The Full-Time Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship—designed for students who can commit to eight months of full-time study—helps you develop your skillset for commercializing innovative ideas, from developing an initial concept to managing a successful business.

Evening classes run Monday through Thursday, and you can choose from 5:20 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. class times, completing the program in just two semesters.

Tailor your curriculum to your needs

The full-time program is F-1 visa compliant for international students. This may make you eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT), allowing you to work in the United States for up to a year after your studies are complete.

You’ll take two required courses and two electives on our Boston campus. Many of our students also choose to maximize their available credits by taking an additional elective to deepen their learning experience.

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship is a great way to gain business skills you can use immediately and also pave the way toward a future master’s degree, including the Part-Time MBA.

Required courses

Explores the challenges and processes for harnessing technological innovation for new-business development. Integrates technology strategy, innovation in marketing, product development, and organization design for the purpose of enterprise growth. Through readings, cases, and exercises, studies how firms from different industries gain competitive advantage through distinctive products and services, and leverage their technologies and skills into new emerging markets. Also focuses on processes for conceiving, financing, and organizing new ventures.
ENTR 6200 | 3 credits

Gives students the opportunity to build a complete business plan for new high-potential ventures. Covers all aspects of the planning process, from the point of view of both the prospective entrepreneur and the potential investor. Explores the demands of the entrepreneurial career through reading, self-assessment exercises, and group projects. Guest speakers from startup companies, law firms, and venture capital firms provide a window on current experiences in the small-business world. Recommended for prospective entrepreneurs as well as others who may become involved with new ventures.
ENTR 6212 | 3 credits

Electives (Select 2 or 3)

Covers the role emerging technologies play in innovation for new ventures and established corporations. Includes a mix of theory and practical knowledge. Topics covered include technology disruption, diffusion, life cycles, and research-and-development strategy. Explores, in detail, the technical and market opportunities for current and emerging technologies across a broad spectrum of industries.
TECE 6222 | 3 credits

Examines the specific situation of entrepreneurial marketing. Topics include how to perform a market analysis when there are limited resources and tight schedules to be met. Also addresses new market situations, opportunity assessment, customer segmentation, going to market, and writing a marketing plan.
TECE 6230 | 3 credits

Introduces major topics in the modern understanding of business models: their essence and role in securing competitive advantage, key components and design of business models, business model change and innovation, technology commercialization through sustaining business models, financial representation of a business model, and validation of developed business models.
ENTR 6218 | 3 credits

Covers the intersection of customer research with product design, specifically lean design and how to map abstract attributes that customers seek into concrete product designs that can actually be built. Other topics include managing the technology business interface, creating product teams, and drafting product development plans.
TECE 6250 | 3 credits

Introduces students to the financing process for ventures from early stage to exit. Exposes students to various financing options, which may include crowdsourcing, the American JOBS Act, and foreign-sourced capital, as well as different types of debt and equity financing. Offers students an opportunity to learn about analyzing financial aspects of term sheets, including valuation methodologies and other financing documents.
ENTR 6219 | 3 credits

Covers topics specific to managing a business or a strategic business unit within a firm. Considers the special issues related to technology-based firms. Topics include creating a culture, operations planning, staffing for technical excellence, dealing with technology vendors, dealing with advisers, supply chain management, and writing operations plans.
TECE 6300 | 3 credits

Focuses on the personal skills an entrepreneur needs to lead and persuade others. Students read about and complete exercises on leadership and selling ideas. In addition, students meet members of the entrepreneurship community in New England. Stresses communications skills, both written and oral, along with self-discovery of leadership style.
TECE 6340 | 3 credits

The curriculum is subject to change by D’Amore-McKim faculty. Course offerings may vary by semester.