Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship

Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship has been suspended.

The online Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship is designed for students who desire a sequence of graduate level courses that focus specifically on Technology Entrepreneurship and that are delivered through an online instructional environment. The focus of the certificate is to prepare students to meet the growing global need for individuals who can think innovatively and successfully pursue the commercialization of their innovative ideas and technological solutions, either independently or within the confines of an established organization. Students who complete this certificate will gain a substantial competitive edge in pursuing a career—either as an engineer or as a business specialist—by combining their entrepreneurial skills and capabilities with their particular field of expertise. The program will prepare students for fast-track leadership positions in technology-based and/or manufacturing companies.

Eligibility and Admission

Students currently enrolled in a graduate business or engineering program are eligible for this program. Students must possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s business or engineering degree with an overall GPA of 2.75 or better, or a business or engineering master’s degree.


  • Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.
  • All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School through the Panthera Admission Application.
  • Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses

Required Courses (15 credits)
Bus Adm /MechEng 544 New Product Development
Bus Adm /MechEng 546 Global Innovation Management
BusMgmt 741 Management of Technology Ventures
BusMgmt 742 Technology Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship
BusMgmt 743 Technology Entrepreneurship Project (capstone)

In addition, to fulfill graduation requirements, students will complete pre-approved zero-credit professional activities.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs

  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.

Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.