University of Southern California


Three required courses and one elective (12 units) must be completed successfully with a minimum GPA of 3.00 to earn the certificate.

Required Courses (9 Units)
BAEP-557Technology Commercialization (3 Sp)
BAEP-556Technology Feasibility (3 Fa)
BAEP-559Investing in New Ventures (3 FaSp)
Elective Courses (3 Units)
BAEP-553Cases in New Venture Management (3 Fa)
BAEP-555Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipate and Avoid Startup Pitfalls (3 Sp)
ISE-585Strategic Management of Technology (3 Sp)
ISE-555Invention and Technology Development (3 Sp)
ISE-515Engineering Project Management (3 FaSpSu)
MOR-561Strategies in High-Tech Businesses (3 FaSpSu)

The following courses may be approved as an elective by petition to the program director: BAEP-554 Venture Initiation, BAEP-561 Entrepreneurship in Innovative Industries: Life Sciences, BAEP-563 Corporate Entrepreneurship, and MOR-564 Strategic Innovation: Creating New Markets, Business Models and Growth.

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Applying TCCM courses to other degree programs

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 TC 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. An appropriate substitution for one of the three required courses may be allowed, subject to approval and documentation by by the program director prior to enrollment in the substitute course. Alumni who have applied more than one of the required courses to a prior degree will not be able to complete the certificate program.

Note to MBA students

The following policy potentially impacts the application of ISE courses to the TCCM certificate.

Nine-unit Limit:

Students earning the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree are expected to complete their graduate electives within the Marshall School of Business by taking courses that begin with prefixes ACCT, BAEP, BUCO, FBE, GSBA, IOM, MKT, and MOR. Unless the student is completing a dual degree program, up to nine units of graduate-level course work may be completed at USC outside the Marshall School of Business for elective credit, providing the courses chosen are listed in the Marshall Elective Course Guide (ECG). A student may take courses published in the ECG without petitioning, but the total number of ECG-listed non-business units completed without prior permission may not exceed nine (9) units. A student who wishes to have either (a) more than 9 non-Marshall units or (b) a non-Marshall course that is not listed in the ECG applied to the MBA must request permission and receive approval to do so prior to taking the course. A request for an exception must be submitted via petition (Marshall General Petition Form) to the student's MBA program office.