Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Technology Development and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Featuring a blend of STEM education and real-world training in business analysis and technology evaluation, this value-added credential offers tangible support for graduates facing a competitive job market. Think critically across disciplines and solve practical problems through real-world interactions with inventors, business leaders and area experts providing education beyond the classroom. The academic fields for the certificate include, but are not limited to, biomedical engineering, business, chemistry, basic biomedical sciences, biology, computer science and physics. This program is available only to current USD students pursuing a master’s degree or higher. Learn more at

DELIVERY: On campus  

Certificate Requirements - 9 Credit Hours

  • 1-12 cr (3 credit hours required)
  • Two elective courses approved by the TRAC director (6 credit hours required). Two elective courses approved by the TRAC director. Elective courses will be chosen from a major area of study in consultation with the TRAC director and the student’s academic advisor.
  • Elective courses should be relevant to two of the following:

    a) experimental design in the sciences,
    b) business and marketing,
    c) safe and effective use of technical equipment,
    d) foundational knowledge in the student’s area of study, or
    e) technology development.

General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the  “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here:

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


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