Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship involves creating a new business or business function where one did not exist before. Advances in science and technology spur innovation, giving existing, resource-rich companies a chance to reinvent themselves, often moving into new markets. These advances, many of them emerging from computer science, engineering, and data science, provide an opportunity for individuals and firms to build new organizations or startups. This certificate is designed to serve students from many disciplines. It shows the path to building a successful, innovation-driven startup. The certificate will be most useful to students who are thinking about starting new technology companies but have little previous training or experience in business.



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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Data Science program.


About the Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship

Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the  certificate, students will be able to:

  • Transform ideas into successful businesses, identifying the right data, information technology, and human resources, and aligning with unmet market demand;
  • Develop business plans and make presentations for starting entrepreneurial ventures;
  • Read financial statements and evaluate risks associated with technology projects;
  • Developing effective communication strategies and presentations that resonate across business and technical teams to emphasize vision and organizational acceptance; and
  • Identify requirements for protecting intellectual property and establishing legally binding agreements.

Technology Entrepreneurship Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate:


  • MSDS 470 Technology Entrepreneurship
  • MSDS 474 Accounting and Finance for Technology Managers

Choose two of the options below:   

  • MSDS 472 Management Consulting
  • MSDS 475 Project Management
  • MSDS 476 Business Process Analytics
  • MSDS 480 Business Leadership and Communication
  • MSDS 485 Data Governance, Ethics, and Law

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Technology Entrepreneurship Courses

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Technology Entrepreneurship Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Technology Entrepreneurship Tuition

Tuition for this program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Technology Entrepreneurship

Already accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship program? Get ahead and register for your classes as soon as possible.



Technology Entrepreneurship Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Technology Entrepreneurship program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Technology Entrepreneurship Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Data Science Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MS in Data Science program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

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