University of Southern California


The Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization is offered to complement or extend an individual's graduate education.

To qualify for admission to the program, current USC graduate students should have completed at least 12 units of graduate coursework at USC (for part-time students) and should have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20. Individuals who have already earned a graduate degree at USC or at another institution are welcome to apply.

International students: Because the program requires only 12 units and cannot be completed in one semester, it is not possible for non-resident aliens who are not already matriculated USC students to complete this program.

All program participants are required to apply for admission and matriculate as USC students. (The program may not be completed on a "limited status" or visiting basis.)


A complete application includes the following:

  • Completed on-line application
  • Responses to required essay questions. (Downloadable Forms - Essays: Technology Commercialization) Most of the answers require little preparation, but writing the primary essay may take some time.

In no more than 500 words, please tell us why you would like to complete the Graduate Certificate in Technology Commercialization.

  • Two letters of recommendation. (These will be requested and submitted online as part of the application process.)
  • A nonrefundable application fee (waived for current USC students, USC staff, and USC alumni).
  • One official transcript from the registrar of each college or university attended. If all college or postgraduate work has not been completed, transcripts must be sent again when work in progress is completed and the degree is posted. Transcripts written in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Transcripts submitted with prior applications to USC may be on file, in which case they will not need to be resubmitted.

To ensure adequate time to receive an admission decision, it is important to send completed application materials well in advance of the semester for which the applicant wishes to register.

The Application Process

Submit an application through USC Marshall Admissions (program code 1249) through the Marshall School of Business Admissions web site at International applicants are advised to see the instructions for international students published in the USC Graduate Admissions Application Booklet.

The applicant's file cannot be reviewed until it is complete. A complete application package includes the completed on-line application form, responses to the on-line essay questions, letters of recommendation, and transcripts from any institutions attended since the applicant last applied to USC. (The application fee is not required of current USC students and USC alumni.)

After the Greif Center has received the complete application the applicant may be contacted to confirm receipt of the application and to schedule an interview.

Note: Satisfaction of minimum conditions for application does not guarantee admission. In their review of applications, the admissions committee members consider the applicant's completed academic work, evidence of potential business leadership, motivation, work experience, and competitiveness within the current applicant pool.

For application deadlines refer to the Dates and Deadlines page of this web site.

For more information contact the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at (213) 740-0641 or