Arthur M. Spiro Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership

Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate

The Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate is available to graduate students in engineering and science disciplines across campus. The certificate is intended to serve students who
  • envision an entrepreneurial career as their long-range career goal,
  • want to be involved in new product and business activities within a corporate setting,
  • seek a better understanding of the process of commercializing inventions.


  • 6 credit hours of required MBA/MGT courses
  • 3 credit hours of student selected, graduate level elective course
  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA average in all 9 credit hours

To qualify for a Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate you must complete 3 pre-approved courses (9 credit hours total). Two of the three courses must come from the first list of pre-approved MBA/MGT offerings. The last 3 credit hours can be selected by the student, with the guidance of their department advisor and the approval of the Spiro Institute. The elective course must be of graduate level and relevant to the overall purpose of the Certificate (as stated above).

1. Select two from the following required MBA/MGT courses (6 credit hours):
  • MBA 8450 Technology and Innovation Management
  • MBA 8750 Enterprise Development
  • MBA 8990 Creativity OR MBA 899 Advanced Leadership
  • MGT 8690 Project Management
2. Declare an approved elective course (3 credit hours). An example of such course could be (but is not limited to):
  • BIOE 8130 Industrial Bioengineering
  • BIOE 8140 Medical Device Commercialization
  • BIOE 8150 Design, Manufacturing and Validation Methods for Reusable Medical Devices

The Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate is issued by the Clemson MBA department. Please contact Jane Layton, MBA Academic Program Director, at with any questions.