This certificate prepares IT and engineering students for successful careers as entrepreneurs in the area of information technology. Specifically, they will acquire a unique body of knowledge related to innovation, both on the information technology/engineering/inventive side and on the entrepreneurial side, which will give them a competitive advantage in the difficult market where only very few new companies are able to survive and grow.

This certificate is designed for students who are working on or possess an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, engineering or a related domain and want to focus on IT innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students enrolled in the certificate must be part of an entrepreneurship team (E-Team) with the goal of creating an IT venture. The E-Teams will be mentored by faculty associated with the certificate. Students who will create, or be a core team member of, a start-up company that has cumulated revenues and funding of $10,000 during their enrollment in the certificate will graduate with a Certificate of Excellence in IT Entrepreneurship.

The undergraduate certificate in Information Technology Entrepreneurship may be pursued on a full-time basis except when limited by prerequisite constraints.

Admissions 

Students must have information technology experience at the level of IT 106 Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming, IT 206 Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving, IT 213 Multimedia and Web Design, IT 214 Database Fundamentals, and IT 223 Information Security Fundamentals and either a BS in a technical field (with a 3.00 GPA or higher) or current enrollment in a technical undergraduate major.

Banner Code: VS-CERB-ITER

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 28

Core Courses

MBUS 300Accounting in a Global Economy3
MBUS 301Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy3
IT 343IT Project Management3
Total Credits9

Electives 

Select 12 credits from the following:12
Mobile Development
Rapid Development of Scalable Applications
Agile Web Development with Open Source Frameworks
Application Maintenance and Spiral Development
Turning Ideas into Successful Companies
Decision Making in IT Ventures
Entrepreneurship: Starting and Managing a New Enterprise
Total Credits12

Capstone Sequence Courses

IT 492Senior Design Project I (Mason Core) (special section on IT Entrepreneurship)3
IT 493Senior Design Project II (Mason Core) (special section on IT Entrepreneurship)4
Total Credits7