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2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Technology Development and Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate

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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 https://www.usd.edu/Academics/Graduate-Programs/Technology-Development-and-Entrepreneurship

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: link.usd.edu/grad-catalog

Location Matters for Non-Licensure Track Programs

This program is not designed or advertised to lead to a professional license or certification required for employment.

USD is permitted to operate under the terms of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) policies and standards in offering online courses/degree programs to residents in 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  Online courses/programs may also be offered to residents of California (a non-SARA state) because it does not regulate out-of-state public institutions.

Additionally, this program is authorized to offer supervised field study experiences (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) in South Dakota. Please be aware that there may be some restrictions on your ability to engage in supervised field study outside of South Dakota. Please contact a program representative if you have questions regarding supervised field study.

Distance education courses or programs will not be offered outside of the United States without prior written approval from the University, which may be withheld for any reason. If you are taking distance courses while physically located outside of the United States, it is your responsibility to confirm the following: (a) if the country will recognize an online degree; (b) the availability of supervised field study opportunities in the country; and (c) if the country charges any additional taxes, withholdings or fees associated with online distance education programs.

For more information, please visit USD’s State Authorization page or contact your admissions counselor.


Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
605-658-3760 | orsp@usd.edu | usd.edu/orsp

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad


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