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IGE Technology Management Certificate

About the Program

The Jacobs School of Engineering and the Rady School of Management are partnering through the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) to bring a compelling business certificate program to UC San Diego M.S. and Ph.D. engineering students. The program is designed to help students gain business acumen, build new ventures, and improve career preparedness.

Students start with a Micro-MBA that teaches them the economics and business concepts of value creation and capture as well as technology-driven innovation, teamwork, and venture formation. This is followed by a three-course academic series on technology and market opportunity assessment and validation. During the final two quarters, engineers and MBA students work together on project teams in the Rady School's signature Lab to Market capstone project course. Jacobs School students have the opportunity to propose projects from their own research, source a licensed concept through the Office of Innovation and Commercialization, or work on a classmate's project for Lab to Market. The Micro-MBA will run just prior to the commencement of the Fall term and the subsequent three courses will be in the Fall, Winter, and Spring terms.

IGE Technology Management Certificate


Students who complete the program will be recognized as Technology Management and Entrepreneurism Fellows and receive a certificate of completion. The cost of the Bootcamp is approximately $300.00 and at the end of the boot camp, students in good standing receive a Micro-MBA from Rady School of Management. There is no additional tuition fee for the credit-bearing courses for Graduate students, but students may be required to pay for course materials.

What you will learn

  • The language of business, enabling effective participation in cross-functional teams
  • How to create and capture customer value
  • Economics fundamentals for Business Creation and Growth
  • Project and Operations Management
  • Team building and leadership
  • How to apply this new knowledge to a real project: you will demonstrate how technical and business decision making come together to enable commercially viable innovation

Course Series

Summer 2020

Discovery of new business ideas for value creation and capture; Economic foundations.
(for Engineers) 
Dates: MicroMBA from July 8- Aug 14 (2021 dates to be determined)

Time: TBD

Fall Quarter 2021
MGT 412 - Lab to Market: Opportunity  Identification and Business Model Analysis
(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

Winter Quarter 2022
MGT 414A - Lab to Market Workshop I

(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

Spring Quarter 2022
MGT 414B - Lab to Market Workshop II

(Engineers + Rady MBA students)

Course Description

This is a hands-on, fast-paced workshop led by a combination of University faculty, entrepreneurs, and industry executives. It's a 6-week course with two 1.5 hour lectures each week over the summer. Each course is a glimpse into the full MBA program at the Rady School of Management. The courses will be held online via ZOOM. There is an application process and if accepted, you will be notified and allowed access to the online sessions, materials, and other info

Opportunity Identification and Business Model Analysis (taught by Rady faculty) is a hands-on course dealing with the business knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to become an innovative, opportunity-driven, and entrepreneurial leader. We are specifically focused on business design - how to identify a scalable new project or venture idea that fulfills a market need and adds social and economic value. The course differs from most entrepreneurship courses in that it is aimed at training growth-oriented professionals for both startup and established settings. The emphasis is on scalable science and technology-based innovations. The course is specifically targeted for engineering graduate students by including content on project management, organizational leadership, venture finance and accounting, and team excellence.

Lab to Market Workshop I & II:
Jacobs School students join Rady MBA students In teams for this project sequence, which focuses on innovation to market, evaluating whether specific innovations are commercially viable and then developing first a business case and then a full business plan. Projects are chosen and undertaken by student teams, with support from Rady School faculty and from a team of mentors and advisors.


Vish Krishnan
Associate Director, Institute for the Global Entrepreneur
Professor of Innovation, Technology & Operations 
Rady School Faculty Director 

Phone: (858) 822-1991

The program at a glance

  • Business Bootcamp*, August - September 2021
  • 3 Courses, 12 units (Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters)
  • Certificate of Completion Awarded
  • Micro-MBA from the Rady School
  • Fall 2021 to Spring 2022
  • Competitive Selection
  • Cost: $300 for Bootcamp*, Materials Fees for Courses

*Bootcamp is an optional program but required for the Micro-MBA award.

Benefits of the Program:

  • Priority consideration for IGE's Accelerator Programs
  • Opportunity to develop new technology applications from existing technology or develop your own technology
  • Better prepared to enter the workforce and better job opportunities


Deadline to Apply:  April 26, 2021


Contact the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur
(858) 822-1142
Vish Krishnan,



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