Small Business & Entrepreneurship

The Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate program is ideal for individuals planning to consult for small businesses or to open a small business. This intensive introduction to business planning includes defining the primary vision through market size assessment and strategic operations planning; how to finance, staff, and implement a new venture; and how to manage growth.

The Small Business Institute® consistently wins national recognition in the annual Case of the Year competitions. The primary report, prepared by an MBA student consulting team for a client’s small business (under the direction of a faculty advisor), provides a unique, real-life learning experience for the students and a bankable business plan for the client.

Getting started is easy, just complete the online application for admission and provide a transcript showing the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher and a current résumé. No admissions tests are required. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to complete the graduate certificate.

Use the Course Planning Matrix to see when Graduate Business courses will be offered.

Required Courses

Total for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate – 12 credits

Did you know that you can apply your Small Business and Entrepreneurship certificate credits toward your MBA?

By completing the two Cornerstone courses and an additional six MBA courses, you can roll your Small Business and Entrepreneurship courses into a full 36-credit MBA. No admissions tests are required and financial aid is available for qualified students.

Cornerstone Courses – 6 credits

Additional MBA Core Courses – 18 credits

Total for MBA in General Management with a certificate in Small Business and Entrepreneurship – 36 credits minimum