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.

Vineet Thanki, TCCM 2017

"The Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization is for anyone who has an interest in technology, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Big companies, high-tech and consulting firms love to hire individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset. Participants in this program develop skills that put them in the forefront for positions that oversee new product development and strategic initiatives."