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Technology Commercialization Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization is designed to let students experience the entire spectrum of the commercialization process — invention, product development, technical and market feasibility analysis, intellectual property acquisition, business planning, and venture funding.

This program is particularly well suited to master's and Ph.D. candidates in science, engineering, and business, but we encourage students from other disciplines who are interested in technology businesses to apply. Also, you do not need to be a matriculated student at USC to undertake the program. Any individual who holds an undergraduate degree equivalent to a 4-year US bachelor's degree is welcome to apply.

Prospective students may apply to begin the program in the fall, spring or summer term. Applications are submitted online via For details, visit

Two required courses and 6 units of electives (for a total of 12 units) must be completed to earn the certificate.


For current USC graduate students, courses credited to the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization may be completed in conjunction with course work required for the program in which the student is already enrolled. Applicability of these courses to the student's primary degree program is determined by the student's home department. For USC alumni, courses completed in conjunction with the individual's prior degree may not be credited toward the certificate.

Successful completion of the program is acknowledged by a certificate awarded by the university.

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