Today's technology companies need scientists and engineers with a greater appreciation for the entire process of innovation from conception to market. In addition, there is the need for bright, articulate business-savvy professionals to lead development teams, market new products, interact with international subsidiaries, and manage financial and accounting systems. Whether your background is in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) or in the social sciences, training in technology management will help you to reach or further your career goals.

This Professional Certificate Program Provides:

  • A solid foundation in business fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and management as it applies to new technologies and technology-oriented companies.
  • An understanding of a wide range of concepts and business principles considered during start-up, growth, and operation of technology-oriented companies.
  • Opportunities to directly apply knowledge gained from the courses to operate effectively in the business environment or launch a new venture.

Intended Audience:Technology Management professionals seeking to better perform their duties and/or advance their professional standing, undergraduates from all disciplines interested in careers in technical innovation and entrepreneurship, and individuals wishing to study specific subjects without pursuing the certificate.

Additional Details

Program Course Schedule

Required Courses (16 units total) Course # Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
Opportunities in Technology and Business

(TMP 111 is offered as a 1 unit class and must be completed twice for a total of 2 units.)

Business Strategy TMP XSB120 4 UCSB COE UCSB COE UCSB COE  
Choose 2 TMP Courses
(6-8 units)
Entrepreneurship TMP XSB122 4 UCSB COE   UCSB COE  
Selling High-Tech Products TMP XSB134 4 UCSB COE      
Market Research for Business TMP XSB144 4 UCSB COE UCSB COE UCSB COE  
Market-Tested Business Model TMP XSB149 4   UCSB COE    
Decision Analysis TMP XSB152 3        
Choose 2 Professional Courses
(4 units)
Entrepreneurial Marketing TMP X130A 2 X X X  
Accounting and Finance for Small Businesses TMP X130B 2   X X  
Entrepreneurial Leadership of Teams and Talent TMP X130C 2 X X X  

All courses are offered in Santa Barbara:
X UCSB Extension          UCSB COE UCSB College of Engineering

This matrix lists courses we plan to offer during the time indicated and is subject to change. Additional courses may be offered; see our current quarter's catalog for the most up-to-date information.


Admission Requirements

To be admitted to this certificate program a student must minimally be at or above the university upper-division level after successfully completing the first two years of a Bachelor's degree program, or have related work experience in the engineering, business, or technology fields.

Prerequisite of upper-division standing only:

TMP 111, TMP 120, TMP 134, TMP 149

Prerequisite of TMP 120 with a grade of B- or better, and upper-division standing:

TMP 122, TMP 144, TMP 152

Certificate Requirements

Candidates for the Certificate must successfully earn a B average or better in the courses required for the certificate, with no grades for any of the courses below a C letter grade.

Non-UCSB students can enroll in the UCSB courses via Open University. UCSB students can apply the professional TMP X130A/B/C courses toward their degree by getting the permission from their Colleges or Schools to enroll concurrently in the course offered by the Division of Professional and Continuing Education, and then by getting approval to transfer the course. Course units are listed with the course descriptions.

Transfer units will not be accepted as credit toward this certificate.

UCSB students seeking a degree or unit credit, petitions must be filed with the appropriate UCSB College or School PRIOR to enrollment, To make the credit effective students need to order a transcript from Extension and submit it to their College or School. Units for TMP X130ATMP X130BTMP X130C may count toward graduation units, but grades for those courses do not count towards GPA for graduation.

Program Cost

The cost per unit of a TMP X130 course is currently $275. The non-refundable certificate application fee is $150. These figures do not include the costs of textbooks and/or materials, and can change without notice.

For non - matriculated students the approximate cost of completion of this program is $4,000.

Financial Aid

Current UCSB matriculated students, who are eligible for financial aid, are strongly encouraged to take a minimum of 12 units of regular undergraduate courses. The units offered in the TMPX130 courses do not count toward that minimum.


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