Part-Time Certificate Program

Technical Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

Wondering what exactly is a certificate in Technical Entrepreneurship? Let’s start with what it is NOT. You will NOT be required to start your own business.  It is NOT a mini MBA. It is a part-time program that focuses on developing your technical skillset on the path to becoming your company’s innovator and one who thinks like an entrepreneur, what we call an intrapreneur. This graduate certificate program is available both online and on campus.


The key learning outcomes will provide students with the necessary skills to solve real-world problems in a unique and innovate way. This systematic approach fosters the intrapreneurship mindset within companies which will have an immediate impact for practicing engineers, managers, and research scientists. Graduates of the TE Certificate program find themselves well-positioned to take on complex product development innovation and leadership roles in both large and small companies.



The Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate Program provides you with flexibility combined with a highly relevant curriculum that you can customize to suit your personal career goals and interests. There are three sample paths that span multiple industries as shown below, however any combination of courses totaling 14 credits will complete the TE Certificate program.




TE Certificate Program 1

Semester 1: TE 301 - Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods              3 credits

Semester 2: TE 407 - Intellectual Property Creation and Management           2 credits

Semester 3: TE 302 - Methods in Visual Thinking                                                      2 credits

Semester 4: TE 303 - Methods in Prototyping, Modeling and Testing              2 credits

Semester 5: TE 401 - Integrated Product Development Processes 1                3 credits

Semester 6: TE 402 - Integrated Product Development Processes 2                3 credits

                                          15 credits


Other course sequences are available. Please contact the TE office to schedule a meeting to discuss all the possibilities the TE Certificate Program has to offer.



Admission requirements for the Technical Entrepreneurship Certificate:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  • Undergraduate GPA: 2.80 or higher
  • Provide and submit transcript(s)
  • GRE is not required for admission



TE 301. Creativity and Systematic Innovation Methods (3 credits)
Creativity methods, anthropological research, painstorming, bisociation, the Kano model, the trimming technique, nonlinear design, parameter analysis, decomposition, DeBono’s Six Hats technique, biomimicry, lateral benchmarking, Blue Ocean Strategy, the art of tinkering and other innovation methods.  Hands-on labs, individual and team projects.


TE 302. Methods in Visual Thinking (2 credits)
Visualization techniques, visual thinking and envisioning information as taught by Edward Tufte and others, multimedia tools and methods. Appropriate use of technology as applied to new product development (no programming required).


TE 303. Methods in Prototyping, Modeling and Testing (2 credits)
Generation of mock-ups and looks-like prototypes, electro-mechanicaloptical bread-boards design, fabricate, build and test multiple generations of prototypes, computer modeling methods, shop methods, testing, sensors and data collection.


TE 407. Intellectual Property Creation and Management (2 credits)
Intellectual property issues: confidentiality, nondisclosure, agreement not to compete, founders agreements, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets both domestic and international.


TE 401. Integrated Product Development (IPD) Process - 1 (3 credits)
An integrated and interdisciplinary approach to engineering design, concurrent engineering, design for manufacturing, industrial design and the business of new product development. Topics include design methods, philosophy and practice, the role of modeling and simulation, decision making, risk, cost, material and manufacturing process selection, platform and modular design, mass customization, quality, planning and scheduling, business issues, teamwork, group dynamics, creativity and innovation. Case studies and semester-long team projects.


TE 402. Integrated Product Development (IPD) Process - 2 (3 credits)
Continuation of TE 401, the parallel development of the product, the development of the marketing and manufacturing system, manufacturing and marketing launch, sales, service and customer support. Case studies and semester-long team projects. Prerequisites: TE 401.

TE 403. Entrepreneurial Startup Process - 1 (3 credits)
Key issues surrounding company startups, including feasibility analysis, business model development and evaluation, formation of new venture teams, financial forecasts, sources of financing. Readings, financial templates, live case studies and guest entrepreneurs.


TE 404. Entrepreneurial Startup Process - 2 (3 credits)
Continuation of TE 403, integration of key business components to form and launch your venture:  industry analysis, marketing plan and sales strategy; mobilization of the new venture team; operations, including space, legal and insurance conspiration; and financial management.  Selected topics related to respective venture types (i.e., social entrepreneurship, family business, franchising, immigrant entrepreneurs).  Lectures, workshops and guest entrepreneurs. Prerequisites: TE 403.


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         Program Director Michael S. Lehman, Professor of Practice

         Phone: (610) 758-1705


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