Entrepreneurship Certificate for Engineering Ph.D. Students

In collaboration with the College of Business’ Graduate Field of Management, Cornell’s College of Engineering offers Ph.D. students the opportunity to obtain a Certificate in Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. 

The Entrepreneurship concentration is intended primarily to meet the needs of Cornell’s Ph.D. students. The certificate (formerly offered as a minor) will allow these students to develop business acumen to exploit and optimize the commercial application of advanced technology, in addition to training in cutting-edge engineering research. The current concentrations available in the field of Management are in specific functional areas, whereas what the engineering students seek is business knowledge to convert research ideas into effective business plans, both as entrepreneurs and as employees.

Curricular Information - In order to obtain the Management certificate with the Entrepreneurship concentration, engineering students will be required to complete a total of four 3-credit courses, i.e., 12 credits total. Three core courses are required to cover key functions of business and provide students with foundational knowledge in general management and leadership. Students may select three credits of NBA (NBA = Not MBA) electives taken for letter grade. Students must obtain a grade of B or higher to be allowed to count a course towards certificate requirements.

Course requirements should be completed within two years of enrolling in the certificate program.

Choices for core classes (all 3-credit courses; choose 3 courses; letter grade: B or higher)
1)    NCC 5560  Managerial Finance
2)    NCC 5500 Financial Accounting
3)    NCC 5540 Managing and Leading in Organizations
4)    NCC 5580 Managing Operations
5)    NCC 5530 Marketing Management
6)    NCC 5590 Business Strategy

Choices for electives – NBA courses (i.e., Johnson elective courses) may be taken for a letter grade as electives towards the certificate requirement. Please choose from the following courses in entrepreneurship (choose 3 credits; letter grade: B or higher):
1)    NBA 3000 Entrepreneurship and Private Equity
2)    NBA 5640 Entrepreneurship and Business Ownership
3)    NBA 5070 Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
4)    NBA 5380 The Business Idea Factory
5)    NBA 5305 Entrepreneurial Finance
6)    NBA 6520 Commercializing University Technologies
7)    NBA 6570 Entrepreneurial Marketing