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Entrepreneurship Certificate

Create, innovate, and inspire. Begin your journey as an entrepreneur.


The certificate in entrepreneurship exposes non-business majors to entrepreneurship and cultivates an entrepreneurial mindset. By earning a certificate, you will learn the tools for success in starting a business. Begin by taking Creativity and Innovation Management and Introduction to Entrepreneurship and then add two 3-semester hour electives from a list of approved courses. Complete the program with an applied experience, either by participating in an entrepreneurial consulting project or by developing a business plan. You must apply and the certificate is not available for BBA candidates.

The certificate in entrepreneurship is offered through the Center for Entrepreneurship, a partnership between the College of Business and Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Our Center for Entrepreneurship empowers students to turn ideas into action.

Required Courses Include:

MGT 3550 - Creativity and Innovation Management

Examination of the role of creativity and innovation in business with a particular focus on the management of the innovation process. Students will explore personal creativity, management practices that enhance or suppress creativity, the relationship between creativity and innovation, and the process of innovation in a business setting.

Credit Hours: 3.0

MGT 3700 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Introduction to the opportunities and challenges of creating and managing a new venture. Emphasis is on how to manage a new venture and operate it profitably. Because of its comprehensive focus, the course will cover topics studied in several business classes including management, marketing, and finance. Topics examined will include conducting internal company and external environmental analyses, developing effective marketing and cash flow strategies, securing financing, and managing new venture operations. Additional topics will include international business and franchising opportunities, family business issues, innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, and ethical decision-making.

Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete two 3-semester hour electives from a list of approved electives maintained by the director of academic programs in entrepreneurship.

Complete an applied entrepreneurial consulting project or develop a business plan. 

MGT 3730 - Entrepreneurial Business Consulting

During this applied learning experience, students are assigned to work as consultants with a real business. They will conduct background research, analyze the client’s current situation and context, and make recommendations on how to address a defined business problem. It is intended to enhance students’ analytical skills while giving them the opportunity to apply business and other academic concepts to a real-world situation. Also addressed are general business skills, such as report writing, presentation, client interaction skills, and team management skills. 

Requisites: ACCT 3770 or MGT 3700
Credit Hours: 3.0
Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture, 4.0 practicum

For more information about the Entrepreneurship Certificate Program contact Paul Mass at