Curriculum

Advance your career to the next level As a Graduate Certificate student, you will have the opportunity to learn from world-renowned faculty and accomplished classmates. Among your professors, you’ll find the founders of tech start-ups, serial entrepreneurs, consultants, and respected industry leaders. Sitting beside you in the classroom, you’ll find fellow students from around the world, ready to share their own professional and academic experience. Engage in practical, real-world learning, designed for ambitious professionals like you.

A Focused Curriculum to Target Your Goals

By mastering the curriculum in this Graduate Certificate, you will gain valuable insight to help you succeed when faced with real-world financial challenges.

Each of the classes for your Graduate Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship will help you gain essential business knowledge to develop your career potential. This program was designed to be F1 visa compliant. For International students, you will take 5 classes over an 8-month period (two semesters) to be visa compliant.

The Graduate Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship coursework will include:

Required Courses Details

Enterprise Growth and Innovation

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.

3 credits

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Business Planning for New Ventures

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.

3 credits

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Elective Courses Details

Emerging and Disruptive Technologies

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.

3 credits

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Entrepreneurial Marketing & Selling

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.

3 credits

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Business Model Design & Innovation

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.

3 credits

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Lean Design and Development

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.

3 credits

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Financing Ventures from Early State to Exit

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.

3 credits

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Managing a Technology-Based Business

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.

3 credits

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The Technical Entrepreneur as Leader

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.

3 credits

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Building a real-world educational experience with opportunities outside of the classroom is part of our approach to learning at D'Amore-McKim School of Business. Your Graduate Certificate education will not be limited to classroom learning. Opportunities to sharpen your business skills are everywhere. Below, explore just some of the experiential learning opportunities for which you can apply as a student at D’Amore-McKim.

IDEA: Northeastern University's Venture Accelerator

IDEA: A Student-Run Venture Accelerator

Starting your own business venture? Work with mentors, access financial support, and seek additional help in areas like marketing and communications. IDEA can help you bring your idea to life.

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360 Huntington Fund

The 360 Huntington Fund

The 360 Huntington Fund is D’Amore-McKim School of Business’ student-managed mutual fund. Our students manage a half million dollars of the University’s endowment–are you up for the challenge?

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OPT Work Authorization

OPT Work Authorization

International students who successfully complete a 15-credit certificate program on campus are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT) work authorization. Apply your classroom learning to real-world work experience.

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