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New Ventures and Entrepreneurs 

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Barrie Litzky
Penn State Great Valley
Phone: 610-648-3200

Kathryn Jablokow
Penn State Great Valley
Phone: 610-648-3372

This graduate certificate is designed specifically to help current and aspiring entrepreneurs conceptualize and develop new business ventures and/or new products to take to market. This 12-credit certificate will engage students in a creative process that includes opportunity recognition, idea generation and selection, the lean start-up process, and business plan development. Using a cross-disciplinary approach, students will gain competence in writing all sections of a professional business plan, including the presentation of financial statements and market data. Students will also have an opportunity to pitch their new ventures/products to potential funders. 

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfay the English proficiency requirement. The successful applicant is generally expected to have a minimum combined junior/senior grade-point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale. 


BUSAD 511(3), BUSAD 522(3), ACCTG 511(3); BUSAD 519(3); BUSAD 545(3); BUSAD 582(3); BUSAD 809(3); MGMT 507(3); SYSEN 505(3); SYSEN 550(3); SYSEN 552(3); SYSEN 554(3); SYSEN 555(3)


BUSAD 511 and 522 are required. Two electives from the list are required. 

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall Semester 2016

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017


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