Program: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management for Engineering Professionals Certificate

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management for Engineering Professionals is designed for individuals who are seeking professional development in entrepreneurship and innovation at the graduate level. Individuals who obtain the certificate will have knowledge of fundamental principles of technology management, technical innovation and entrepreneurship, engineering economy, finance, leadership, marketing and strategies for sustainability. The certificate program is designed to help the student enable the creation of a new organization or transform an existing one. Whether launching a new technical business, working as an experienced engineer or leading an entrepreneurial unit within a larger high-tech enterprise, the Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management for Engineering Professionals can help the student build relevant professional knowledge. The courses included in this certificate focus on some of the challenges faced by technical entrepreneurs and provide a solid foundation for creating additional value within a new or existing high-tech business. Faculty members, with both academic credentials and relevant business experience in industry, will help students build these skills, tools and techniques needed to lead and manage innovation and creativity within an engineering firm. This applied program is offered in a highly interactive format, which provides flexibility to the working individual and also makes it possible to immediately apply what is learned in the program.

This program is available through self support (funded entirely by student fees and offered in a cohort format) in partnership between one of the CSUN academic colleges and The Tseng College.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission

  1. Satisfaction of all requirements for graduate admission to the University.
  2. Approval by the department graduate coordinator/program academic lead.
  3. Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above in their undergraduate degree to be admitted to the program.

B. Additional Special Requirements

This program is primarily intended for students holding a B.S. in Engineering or other technical fields or for those students who have work experience in technical organizations.

C. Program Course Requirements

The certificate program is structured to have 15 semester units of required coursework—five courses of 3 units each.

GBUS 593 Management/Marketing Seminar (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 602 Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Engineering Professionals (3)
MSE 604 Engineering Economy and Financial Analysis (3)
MSE 608B Leadership of Engineering Professionals and High‐Tech Firms (3)

D. Certificate Program Completion Requirements

The criteria that have to be fulfilled for the awarding of the certificate are:

  1. Complete the 15 units of program course requirements with a minimum program GPA of 3.0.
  2. Earn no grade lower than a “C” in any individual course.
  3. Satisfactorily complete all program course requirements within 3 years of program admission.
  4. Submit an application for the award of the certificate to the program academic lead.

Total Units for the Certificate: 15


Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair: John Pan
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Program Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management for Engineering Professionals Certificate will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyze and solve engineering management problems quantitatively.
  2. Explain management techniques and strategies applied in engineering and high-tech firms.
  3. Explain and analyze contemporary issues and developments in operations management of engineering firms.