University of Southern California

Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization


The Certificate in Technology Commercialization provides students with a unique opportunity to learn commercialization skills in a real world environment that combines theory and practice. Students participate in this living laboratory program to experience the entire spectrum of the commercialization process: invention, product development, technical and market feasibility analysis, intellectual property acquisition, business design, and venture funding, while potentially becoming stakeholders in a new technology venture. Students benefit from faculty in science, engineering, and business to guide them. They are also eligible to apply for internships sponsored by industry partners to give them additional experience in taking a new technology to market.

Who Should Do the Certificate Program?

The certificate program is particularly suited to masters and PhD candidates in science, engineering, and business, but we encourage students from other disciplines who are interested in technology businesses to apply. You do not need to be a matriculated student at USC to undertake the program. Anyone holds a graduate degree in a related field is welcome to apply. The program may be completed on either a full- or part-time basis. Classes applicable to the certificate are offered during both daytime and evening hours.

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


Alexis Jeffries, 2017 FT MBA and former Reporter for CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine

"The TCCM has been an incredibly advantageous program for me, as it has helped position me to take on technology-focused business challenges in my summer internship at Disney, and pursue tech-facing opportunities for post-MBA employment as a Technology Strategy consultant for Accenture. The professors are incredibly knowledgeable, the classes discuss timely and applicable topics, and the value that can be extracted from this program is second to none. I'm incredibly pleased with my MBA experience, and participating in the TCCM program has taken my experience to the next level."