At least 1.5 credits of an elective course are required. The courses listed below are meant to provide examples of possible electives. However, many courses across campus could be used as an elective to enhance understanding of business fundamentals and tailor the certificate for a specific career area. You can request consideration of an elective that is not listed below.


Spring 2020 GRAD Electives

GRAD 755 Technology Commercialization Fundamentals (1.5 credit)

Science and technology are the basis for many breakthrough products and services. The first steps of commercializing these innovations begins with the transfer of the technology from university research labs to commercial enterprises.  This course provides an overview of the fundamental first steps of technology commercialization, with a specific emphasis on university technology commercialization (aka technology transfer). The course will cover the following topics: Overview of University Technology Commercialization, Market Assessment, Intellectual Property, Technology Development, Licensing, Commercial Development, and University Startups.

GRAD 770 Introduction to Digital Transformation (1.5 credit)

The Digital Revolution is transforming the way we live and work–from waterfall to agile; from technology-driven to human-centered; from point solutions to end-to-end; from fragmented to integrated; and from employed to freelance. The course is designed to provide an overview and introduction to transformational principles for individuals, organizations, and industry ecosystems. In preparation for trends brought on by The Digital Revolution, students will explore new models of engagement, persona discovery, value mapping, and systems thinking to anchor them to the critical attributes of the Digital Revolution.


Other Elective Examples

GRAD 725 Build your professional brand: Develop the job search materials and skills to make employers notice you (1.5 credit)

The seminar series provides a forum for students to (1) understand their job values, (2) develop and refine their online professional presence and job search materials (e.g. LinkedIn, resume/CV, cover letter), (3) gain an appreciation of, and comfort with, networking and informational interviewing, and (4) develop an individual development plan and corresponding action plan through one-on-one coaching.  The sessions will include workshops led by invited industry representatives who can speak directly about their career challenges and rewards, as well as individuals with expertise in teaching professional skills.

MBA 817 Venture capital valuation and deal structure (1.5 credits)

This course will focus on various aspects of the venture capital process including the elements of value, methods of valuation, and the structure and evaluation of venture capital deals focusing on the term sheet and capitalization chart.

MBA 826B Consulting skills and frameworks (1.5 credits)

The goal of this course is to develop the analytic problem-solving skills that management consultants and general managers use throughout their careers. The three critical skills that the course is focused on building are:

  1. Using fact-based analysis to solve complex business problems in the least amount of time
  2. Communicating your findings and recommendations so that your audience understands them and wants to act on them
  3. Creating teams that utilize each team member’s strengths and tap into group synergies

The course is designed for any student who wants to improve their skills in these three areas, regardless of whether their career path is in consulting or operating management.

MBA 835 Introduction to entrepreneurship (1.5 credits)

This course will prepare students to start and nurture their own businesses. Students will develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will support and enhance entrepreneurial activity.

PHCO 737 Targeted anticancer drug discovery and development (2 credits)

A lecture/discussion course that emphasizes preclinical and clinical studies for the development of anti-cancer drugs that target signal transduction. Topics include: target identification and validation, drug discovery, the process of government approval for clinical trials, design of clinical trials, and new genetic-based technologies to foster drug development.