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Entrepreneurship Certificate

Your entrepreneur journey starts at OHIO


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. A primary focus of the program is allowing the student to tailor the program to their individual program of study

This Entrepreneurship Certificate program is intended only for students who are not enrolled in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. (BBA students should pursue the Entrepreneurship Major.)

Courses in Entrepreneurship Certificate

Core Courses

All students complete these two courses:

  • 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. 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
    An introduction to the opportunities and challenges of creating and managing a new venture with 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)

Elective Courses

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

Applied Experience

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)


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. Ohio University's Center for Entrepreneurship empowers students to turn ideas into action.


For more information about the Entrepreneurship Certificate program, contact Paul Mass.